Travel & Adventure three joshua trees at sunset

Bouldering Through Joshua Tree

An interest in rock climbing feels like a Silicon Valley staple, not so dissimilar from the long distance running crowd in Boston. Here, as in many places around the world, the growing demand for the sport has engendered awe-inspiring books, podcasts, and even movies. My particular favorite follows legendary climber Alex Hannold in National Geographic’s Free Solo. (AKA the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.) A fascinating scene in the film shows Alex undergoing an fMRI scan, revealing the physiology of his brain may partly explain his success with the sport: his complete lack of fear.

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