Alone on the wall

Updated: May 2

Think back to the last time you felt fear. What were you doing? Maybe it was a first date, interview, big test. What if you were 3000 feet in the air, hanging onto a small crack on a virtually flat wall where one wrong move meant inevitable death. This is what Alex Honnonld takes you through in his book “Alone on the Wall”.

Alex is what is known as a free soloist. This is a rock climber who uses no rope, or gear at all. Its the most extreme form of climbing you can do. Alex started free soling because he was a super shy, anti-social kid who didn't want to ask others if he could climb with them.

While Alex gives you a little glimpse into his upbringing the book really focuses on his major climbing accomplishments. This includes his solos up the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in Yosemite, and El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico. He covers his speed records on The Nose of El Capitan with Hans Florine and the Yosemite Triple Crown (Mount Watkins, The Nose, and Regular Northwest Face), among other projects.

However, for Alex his dream is to free solo a wall called El Capitan which measure a whopping 3,600 feet in Yosemite. Alex takes you through his preparation for such a demanding climb. Most impressive is his climbing notebook which has details on every single climb he has done since 2005.

Give this a read if you wish to see what type of preparations truly goes into accomplishing a major life goal. Are you willing to commit to your goals as much as Alex does?

Grizly Themes: Fear, Discipline, Preparation

Quinling Quality Score: 8.2/10

Quinling's Featured Quote: “Free soloing is almost as old as climbing itself, with roots in the 19th century. Climbers are continuing to push the boundaries. There are certainly better technical climbers than me. But if I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one – the ability to keep it together where others might freak out.”

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