Why It’s Almost Impossible to Climb 15 Meters in 5 Seconds: Watch

Wired breaks down the Olympic format of speed climbing. Alex Honnold, Jordan Fishman, and a biomechanist star in this analytical look at rock climbing.

The world record for speed climbing is 5.48 seconds, set by Iranian climber Reza Alipour Shenazandifard. Wired’s host, Robbie Gonzalez, breaks down the nuances of speed climbing and asks, “How low can the record go?”

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Alex Honnold Breaks Down Famous Rock Climbing Scenes: Watch

Was Tom Cruise's climbing in 'Mission: Impossible 2' realistic? Alex Honnold analyzes iconic movie climbing scenes from 'Star Trek' to 'Cliff Hanger.' Read more…

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Midwest born, Nate Mitka is based in the GearJunkie Denver office. He is an advocate of all outdoor activities and has developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.