Free-Solo Experience: Climb With Alex Honnold VR

Virtual reality is a burgeoning realm, and the outdoors world seems ready to embrace technology that immerses viewers in a story like nothing before.

needles climbing vr

A new project by Jaunt and Camp4 Collective follows four adventurers on their home turf.

The first video, released this week, features renowned free-solo climber Alex Honnold as he ascends peaks in the Needles of southern California.

Check out the video below, where you can click and drag the screen to change your perspective, all while Honnold tells you about exploring one of his favorite climbing spots.

The imagery and storytelling of this emerging technology is put to great use in this project, and we look forward to the release of the next episodes featuring mountain biker Cam Zink, kayaker Galen Volckhausen, and slackliner Andy Lewis.

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The project is made possible by the use of 360-degree cameras, special software, and applications that enable the cinematic-looking VR. You can indeed get vertigo just by “looking down” at points throughout the short film.

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Putting these tools to use in the mountains with some top athletes and videographers at the helm is a recipe for an exciting product.

New videos will be released weekly, and we’ll be watching to share them with you. Stay up to date by following jauntvr.com.

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.
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