World's Greatest Free Soloist!
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
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.
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"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."
ALEX HONNOLD VIDEOS
Alex Honnold does one of the most impressive thing any human has ever done - free soloing the Enduro corner ( Pitch 26 ) and Traverse ( Pitch 27 )in this clip from "Free Solo"
In 2017, when Alex Honnold made his stunning free-solo ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, he was taking an unimaginable risk: nearly three thousand feet of climbing without any ropes or safety equipment.
In 2014 Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sender Luminoso 5.12d in El Portero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro.
"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."
In 2009 Alex Honnold astonished the climbing world when he free-soloed the regular 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.”
Great video and film mash up of Alex Honnold by Fred Moix. In this illustrated video Alex discusses his climbing, his inspirations and his environmental work
This documentary "Live True"/Alex Honnold has a great message ... be true to yourself. "Make a conscious choice of what you want to do in your life , and go in that direction."
Alex Honnold free solos "Heaven" 5.12d/5.13a on Glacier Point Apron, Yosemite
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