Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working athlete, Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold is known as much for his humble, self-effacing attitude as he is for the dizzyingly tall cliffs he has climbed without a rope to protect him if he falls. Honnold has been profiled by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, featured on the cover of National Geographic, appeared in international television commercials and starred in numerous adventure films including the Emmy-nominated “Alone on the Wall.”
The pinnacle of his career and maybe the sport of climbing, as captured in the Academy Award winning film, Free Solo, was his 2017 rope-less climb of El Capitan in Yosemite, an accomplishment which The New York Times called “one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, ever”.
Honnold is the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental non-profit. And to this day, he maintains his simple “dirtbag-climber” existence, living out of his van and traveling the world in search of the next great vertical adventure.
- First and only free-solo of “Freerider” El Capitan, Yosemite, CA – 5.13a
- First and only free-solo Northwest Face (5.12a) of Half Dome (2,200 feet) Yosemite, CA
- First and only free solo of El Sendero Luminoso (5.12d) El Potrero Chico, Mexico
- First and only free-solo of the Moonlight Buttress (5.12d, 1,200 feet) Zion National Park, UT
- Yosemite’s first “Triple Solo”: Mt. Watkins, Half Dome and El Capitan alone, in under 24 hrs
- Nose of El Capitan: Speed record with Hans Florine 2:23:51
- First ascent of the Fitz Traverse, Patagonia with Tommy Caldwell
- Winner of the 2015 Piolets d’Or for the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse