Alex Honnold


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Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognised 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.”

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Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk  © The North Face

Fri Night Vid Life Coach: Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk in Alaska

When climbing in Alaska, things don't always go to plan. Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk's aim was to attempt an unrepeated line on Mt Dickie, although unfavourable conditions mean that Honnold eventually turns the camera on the filmmaker and probes...

Caldwell and Honnold's New El Cap route  © Alex Honnold Collection
Caldwell and Honnold's New El Cap route  © Alex Honnold Collection

News New free line on El Capitan for Caldwell and Honnold

Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Kevin Jorgeson have joined forces to establish a new free line on El Capitan. The line initially heads up Passage of Freedom, a free route that was first climbed by Leo Houlding around 18 years ago and then...

Brad Gobright after El Nino  © Brad Gobright
Brad Gobright after El Nino  © Brad Gobright

News Alex Honnold and Brad Gobright climb El Niño via variation

Alex Honnold and Brad Gobright have teamed up to make the second free ascent of El Niño (5.13c/8a+) via a three-pitch extension called Pineapple Express. The variation was first climbed by Sonnie Trotter and Honnold in 2018. Honnold...

Free Solo wins Best Documentary Feature Oscar  © UKC News
Free Solo wins Best Documentary Feature Oscar  © UKC News

News Free Solo wins Best Documentary Feature Oscar

Free Solo, the documentary film of Alex Honnold's historic solo of Freerider on El Capitan has won a Best...

Free Solo wins Best Documentary BAFTA  © UKC News
Free Solo wins Best Documentary BAFTA  © UKC News

News Free Solo wins Best Documentary BAFTA

Free Solo, the documentary of Alex Honnold's historic solo of Freerider on El Capitan in Yosemite has won Best Documentary...

What if he falls? Filming Free Solo  © The New York Times
What if he falls? Filming Free Solo  © The New York Times

Fri Night Vid What if he falls? Filming Free Solo

This week's Friday Night Video takes a behind-the-scenes look at Free Solo. The short documentary takes a look at the...

Alex Honnold soloing in Free Solo.  © UKC News
Alex Honnold soloing in Free Solo.  © UKC News

Fri Night Vid Alex Honnold Soloing El Cap in 360

On 3rd June 2017, Alex Honnold stunned the climbing and non-climbing world alike into awed silence with...

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold break the 2 hour Nose record.  © Alex Honnold
Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold break the 2 hour Nose record.  © Alex Honnold

Newsflash Honnold and Caldwell climb The Nose in sub 2 Hours

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan  © ClaireCC

News Yet Another Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan  © ClaireCC

News New Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

El Capitan. Many climbers headtorches can be seen.  © rockcat
El Capitan. Many climbers headtorches can be seen.  © rockcat

Video The Nose speed record: 2:19:44

Alex Honnold  © UKC News
Alex Honnold  © UKC News

Interview Alex Honnold on Soloing El Capitan

Alex Honnold making a rope-less ascent of the famous Separate Reality.  © ShAFF
Alex Honnold making a rope-less ascent of the famous Separate Reality.  © ShAFF

Article Honnold - The Art of The Dark Lord

Of Choss and Lions - Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright  © The North Face
Of Choss and Lions - Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright  © The North Face

Video Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright in Africa

Alex Honnold  © UKC News
Alex Honnold  © UKC News

Video Alex Honnold vs Dan Osman

Felipe Camargo on Corazon de Ensueño  © Jimmy Chin/The North Face
Felipe Camargo on Corazon de Ensueño  © Jimmy Chin/The North Face

Video Getting up Getu

Alex Honnold scrambling in Angola  © Honnold coll.
Alex Honnold scrambling in Angola  © Honnold coll.

Video Alex Honnold climbs Angola

Alex Honnold soloing in the Orco valley  © Fred Moix
Alex Honnold soloing in the Orco valley  © Fred Moix

Video Alex Honnold ...something that actually matters...

Fitz Traverse  © UKC News
Fitz Traverse  © UKC News

Video Fitzroy Traverse with Honnold and Caldwell

Alex Honold Mexico Solo  © REEL ROCK
Alex Honold Mexico Solo  © REEL ROCK

Video Honnold's Hardest Big Wall Solo - Gripping!


Latest Reviews for Alex's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five alternatives across the price spectrum.

Camalot C4 montage  © Dan Bailey
Camalot C4 montage  © Dan Bailey

Black Diamond Camalot C4

Martin McKenna was a fan of the previous version of the Camalot, so how does he rate the recent updates?

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson
Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson

Black Diamond Crag Clothes for Women

From the tough, stretchy Forged Denim Pants to a light softshell jacket, Kate Dean puts a selection of Black Diamond's...

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna
L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers

John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers...


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TNF Belay Parka action  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L6 FUTURELIGHT™ Belay Parka

FUTURELIGHT has been tested extensively for more than 400 continuous days by 15 members of the brand's global athlete team, proven through use in the highest peaks and harshest environments, including the Himalayas' Lhotse and Everest, in temperat...

FL 1  © The North Face
FL 1  © The North Face

The North Face FUTURELIGHT™ - The Technology behind the Innovation

The North Face changed the future of the outerwear industry with the unveiling of FUTURELIGHT™ jackets, pants, and bibs in its Summit Series™, Steep Series™ and Flight Series™ collections. Developed using...

Sherpa 100PD  © Goal Zero
Sherpa 100PD  © Goal Zero

Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Portable Power Bank

Goal Zero introduces the Sherpa 100PD portable power bank, a fast-charging power bank for adventurers who need to power their tech.

BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl
BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...