Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure

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Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure

Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure

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is able to offer very good summary of how climbing at the highest of levels shapes the athlete’s psyche. This is, no doubt, a compelling picture, one still capable of making the heart quicken and the blood rush, but with free soloing picture instead the athlete climbing with only his climbing shoes on, using nimble fingers dusted with chalk to cling to the edifice on which his climb is engaged. I loved how this book went back and forth between Alex’s inner thoughts and feelings, and someone else relaying the comments from the public and the climbing community. This is really just the author’s story of his experiences and trips with Alex Honnold and a lot of the author’s climbing stories too. Honnold was born in Sacramento, California, the son of community college professor Dierdre Wolownick (b.

This is a very strong companion piece if you enjoyed the films Visual ,you now get to hear it from inside Alex’s mind every move mapped . Alex Honnold comes closer to offering this intangible quality than any other sportsman has in any autobiography I’ve yet read. As a teenager in New Hampshire, he organized his ski-racing buddies and led them up cliffs and into half-frozen water, assigning prizes and ranks as motivation in his own invented game of institutionalized chicken.Our editorial team curates these reading lists by consolidating all verified mentions and recommendations from Alex Honnold.

Here at HF, we're strong believers in the power of a good book— and so we've selected some of Alex's favorites (and some color commentary) to give you a peek behind the scenes. This achievement was seen as staggering across the climbing community and brought numerous accolades for this. Registered address: Unit 5, Vulcan House Business Centre, Vulcan Road, Leicester, LE5 3EF, United kingdom. I was never, like, a bad climber [as a kid], but I had never been a great climber, either," he says. These are heroic accomplishments, ones that have forever placed Honnold as one of the greatest climbers to ever live.I was surprised by how much the book made me look deeper into those ideas and view the sport of rock climbing in a completely new light. After thinking about this book from the two different perspectives: that of the climber well familiar with his accomplishments, and the non-climber vaguely familiar with his story, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a book for the latter. The narrator for 'Alex' is incredibly obnoxious and doesn't seem to understand his personality at all. To enjoy lightweight travel through huge tracts of unexplored country it's best, says Ronald Turnbull, to get yourself born into the 1930s. Dierdre Wolownick, Alex Honnold's mother, started climbing at age 60 and is the oldest woman to climb El Capitan (first at the age of 66 and then breaking her record, again at age 70).

In 2012, Honnold began giving away one-third of his income to solar projects that increased energy access worldwide. Those who do not climb probably conjure in their minds a climber with loops of rope in hand, secured to his harness, carefully placing strange equipment here and there to offer safety and protection while scaling great heights. Now that we can publish tales through other media, such as audio and video, I don't see a huge difference. Also, most books I have read on the sport are written in language not too technical so readers who are not climbers can understand better. Alex Honnold is one of the world's best ‘free solo’ climbers, he scales impossible rock faces without ropes, pitons or any support of any kind.Alex, who has earned the nickname “No Big Deal” Honnold, does not try to wax poetic about his climbing. In 2015, he won a Piolet d'Or in alpine climbing with Tommy Caldwell for their completion of the enchainment (known as the Fitz Traverse) of the Cerro Chaltén Group (or Fitzroy Group) in Patagonia over 5 days.

Alex says: "This book was either translated to English by Google or by someone who didn’t actually speak English.Synnott paints an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history, profiling Yosemite heroes John Bachar, Peter Croft, Dean Potter, and the harlequin tribe of climbers known as the Stonemasters. pitches so full of variety: the downclimb at Pitch 14; the Monster Offwidth, 60m high, too wide for handjams and too narrow to squirm inside; the crux at the Boulder Problem just where it should be at Pitch 23; above that the Enduro Corners, long laybacking on exhausted arms, and the hand traverse at Pitch 27 with the 900m of empty space underneath, the 30 metres of E1. This was a good follow up to The New Jim Crow and posed more questions about the United States justice system. Like many celebrities who have penned autobiographies, Honnold enlisted a co-author, however in his case his co-author, David Roberts, acts as a cross between interviewer and outside observer, allowing him to add in his own comments instead of just wordsmithing Honnold’s prose.

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