Alex Honnold


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Alex Honnold is a professional adventure 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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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 Documentary Feature Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and produced by Na...

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 at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, or BAFTAs. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and...

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 ethical issues surrounding filming a climber in a deadly situation. Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin discuss...

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

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have set their third speed record on The Nose of El Capitan in the space...

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan  © ClaireCC

News Yet Another Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

That's right - they've done it again! Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have set yet another speed record...

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan  © ClaireCC

News New Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have knocked almost ten minutes off the previous speed record for climbing The...

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

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb technical mountain boots, says Toby Archer. So it's a shame the soles seem to wear so quickly.

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

BD Momentum in action 1  © Rob Greenwood
BD Momentum in action 1  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond Momentum & Aspect Rock Shoes

Black Diamond's new range of rock shoes covers a spectrum of users from beginner to advanced. Here we look at the...

Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear
Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear

La Sportiva Women's Otaki & Skwama

In 2018 La Sportiva greatly increased their range of women's climbing shoes. From this extended range, the Skwama and Otaki...

It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders
It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders

The North Face Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

It's way more jacket than most of us need, but if you're after a duvet for somewhere seriously cold then the Down Belay...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...


Latest News from Alex's Sponsors

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Big C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the new Camalot C4

Climbing protection has been a hallmark of BD innovation since the days of the original Hexentric® chocks that helped spawn the clean climbing revolution in the early '70s. Since then, Black Diamond has been working extensively on broadening the s...

Twisty Rope Not Sweet  © Andy Earl
Twisty Rope Not Sweet  © Andy Earl

QC LAB: Twisty Ropes - the How, Why and Risks

The dreaded twisty rope is the bane of every climber's existence. Not only is it super annoying to have a rope kinked to all hell while trying to … well, do anything, from tying in, to seconding a pitch, but the more inquisitive among...

Caroline Ciavaldini climbing waterfalls on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face
Caroline Ciavaldini climbing waterfalls on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket

Our lightest, most packable shell yet is designed to keep you dry through mountainside squalls without adding any unnecessary weight or bulk, so you can climb higher and faster without worrying whether your jacket will keep up.

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of...

Honnold Spatula  © Black Diamond
Honnold Spatula  © Black Diamond

Introducing the Latest Addition to the Alex Honnold Signature Series

"The process is never easy," explains BD Athlete Alex Honnold. "And sharing your vision...

BD Athletes Hazel Findlay and Babsi Zangerl testing out the new range  © Black Diamond
BD Athletes Hazel Findlay and Babsi Zangerl testing out the new range  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Introduces New/Improved Women's Clothing Range

Clothing that carries you from crag to coffee shop, wall to weekend leisure, that was the...

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic...