Dick Rentfro

was a longtime Adventist Review contributor as well as a pastor for many years. He passed away in 2011.

​God Hears Our Cries

On a bright Saturday morning in September a young man was climbing the face of Half Dome, a sheer 2,130-foot wall of granite in the Yosemite Valley in central California. Hanging on by his fingertips onto an edge as thin as a dime, with shoes barely gripping mere ripples of rock, Alex Honnold was attempting something no other had ever tried before: to climb the Regular Northwest Face route on Half Dome without a rope.

For two hours and 45 minutes Alex had been in the zone, flawlessly performing hundreds of precise athletic moves one after another without hesitation. Free soloing, which involves climbing with only a chalk bag and rock shoes and no other gear …

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