Free Solo Climber Alex Honnold on Life, Climbing, and Himself

Alex Honnold is a climbing prodigy, and now he is taking on the greatest challenge of his free solo career: climbing Yosemite’s Triple Crown in 24 hours. Mt. Watkins, The Nose, and The Regular Half Face of Half Dome make up almost 7000 feet of sheer cliff, not to mention the hiking that Alex will have to do between each. He will not use any safety lines and still aims to break the time record for the Triple Crown, a feat that could either end in awesome glory or awful death. Tonight on Die Trying: Yosemite Death Climb, we follow this daredevil through the feat of his life, recording both his actions and his words. Here are a couple words by the man himself on his triple threat climb:








Be sure to tune in tonight Wednesday, June 23 at 9P to learn more about Alex Honnold and his death-defying, record-breaking climbs that have put him at the forefront of one of the most dangerous sports out there: free solo climbing.

If you want to see Alex Honnold in his element before the episode premiers, check out this video of him testing himself on the Luminance boulder in Bishop, California which he named “Too Big to Flail”:


  1. […] Not surprisingly, I found some comments to this video hoping that Alex would stop free soloing due to the high risk (“please stop free climbing, you’ve done enough” “only hope he’s signed up as an organ donor”). According to Mill, whether Alex chooses to continue free climbing is a self-regarding issue. Therefore, even though “considerations to aid his judgment, exhortations to strengthen his will, may be offered to him, even obtruded on him, by others,” “he himself is the final judge.” More importantly, “all errors which he is likely to commit against advice and warning, are far outweighed by the evil of allowing others to constrain him to what they deem his good.” The video below reflects that Alex Honnold is aware have already considered the risks of his sport comprehensively and still keep challenging himself after all. Another interview of him also reveals how important pushing limits and experiment with life are to h… […]