Alex Honnold is one of the most famous and respected rock climbers in the world. His stories of his ropeless free-solo climbs have inspired many. The pinnacle of his career was in 2017 when he climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan. According to The New York Times, it was “one of the greatest feats of any kind, ever”. The feat was encapsulated in Free Solo, a film that won an Academy Award. He has appeared in many films since.
Alex Honnold started climbing at age five and participated in many national and international youth climbing championships as a teenager. Although he enrolled at university to pursue a career in civil engineering, he dropped out and went on to live in a minivan for ten years, driving across the USA to go climbing.
First noticed after he free-soloed Yosemite’s Astroman and Rostrum in a day, he went on to solo a dangerous crack that splits Zion’s Moonlight Buttress. Many people at first that his feat was a joke. They changed their minds when, five months later, he free-soloed the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. This was one of the most impressive ropeless ascents ever done in the history of solo climbing. The climb went on to feature in the film Alone on the Wall and a 60 Minutes interview.
Many climbing feats later, and Alex Honnold still pursues his climbing passion. National Geographic Magazine, in 2021, signed him for an original docuseries about his quest to climb the peaks of Greenland. He also went on, in the same year, to start a climbing podcast Climbing Gold. He is also a bestselling author and philanthropist.
Alex Honnold started The Honnold Foundation in 2012 while still living in his van and after a trip to Chad and Borneo. He spent hours researching carbon offsets, environmental activism, energy access, and charitable giving. He decided to focus on solar energy, the focus of his foundation to this day.
As a conference speaker, Alex Honnold reveals his various strategies to master his craft. He dives into his meticulous preparation and mental and emotional management to share lessons from which anyone, no matter their field of expertise, may benefit. His natural delivery style and excellent photographs and film clips from his various adventures ensure a highly entertaining session. He lives in the USA and delivers his talks in English.