Alex is best known for his death defying free solos. His most amazing achievement occured June 3rd, 2017, when he free soloed Free Rider on El Capitan in an earth shattering time of 3 hours and 56 mins. Read Feature Article.
Date of birth: August 17 1985 (age 30)
Location: Sacramento, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Profession: Rock Climbing
Highest Bouldering Grade: 'Mandela' V12 (8A+)in Bishop, CA
Highest Sport Grade: The Green Mile: 5.14c (8c+) @ the Jailhouse crag near San Francisco
Hardest Free Solo: Heaven 5.12d & Phoenix 5.13a Both in Yosemite Valley
Hardest Big Wall Free Solo: Free Rider 5.12d on El Capitan, Yosemite: See Article
World's Greatest Free Soloist!
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ALEX HONNOLD VIDEOS
"I don’t think about much while actually climbing. But I do think about that beforehand normally. I think it’s important to fully think things through—to really understand the consequences of my choices."
El Sendero Luminoso 5.12d
"I don’t think this is close to the hardest thing ever. Several people (Alain Robert, Alex Huber, many more) have soloed harder single pitches. As have I. And Hansjorg Auer had soloed a wall in the Dolomites that’s a similar difficulty and even taller. It’s not like soloing is a competition, it’s more about aesthetics and inspiration. But for me personally it was a new challenge just because it’s a different style of climbing. Maybe not my hardest ever, but very satisfying either way."
Northwest Face of Half Dome 5.12
“If I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one. The ability to keep it together where others might freak out.”