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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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Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the CDUL  © Caldwell Collection

News Caldwell and Honnold Complete Massive Linkup in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed a huge linkup of peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Taking roughly a day and a half, the pair linked climbs from Mount Meeker to Mount Notchtop, naming the challenge the 'Continental ...

Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk  © The North Face
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...

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+)...

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

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!


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Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear
Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to offer increased protection to the brain from rotational forces. Martin McKenna looks at the Black Diamond Vision MIPS, one of the...

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in...

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer
Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

At only around 820g, and pitching using trekking poles, the single-skin Distance Tent is not much heavier than a bivvy...

Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood
Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond airNET Harness

At £150 this isn't a cheap option, says Rob Greenwood, but within the category of extremely lightweight, high performance sport...

Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood
Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood

La Sportiva Jackal

"I liked the Jackal from the moment I first put them on and have continued to love them through repeated use" says Rob Greenwood. Designed...


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Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Camalot Z4s

Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi Zangerl, the Camalot Z4 is the realization of a dream: to have a single-stem cam that stays rigid in-hand, but flexes ...

BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond
BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Vision Helmet + Vision MIPS

The most durable foam helmet in the Black Diamond line-up, the Vision helmet features a fusion of EPP foam, an EPS foam puck, and a ABS shell, which keeps the dings and dents at bay, while remaining incredibly lightweight at just 215 grams.

airNET Harness  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our patented airNET Technology—an ultra-breathable fabric for high-end performance sport climbing that distributes loads evenly across the "net"...

Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...

Towers of Tigray 1  © The North Face
Towers of Tigray 1  © The North Face

The North Face presents: Towers of Tigray

With a rich history of climbing, the Tigray region of Ethiopia has always provided an incredible...

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined...

Volunteers working on the Hardknott forest project  © Restoring Hardknott Forest Project
Volunteers working on the Hardknott forest project  © Restoring Hardknott Forest Project

Restoring Hardknott Forest

Hardknott Forest is a 600 hectare conifer plantation in the upper reaches of the Duddon valley in the Lake District. It was...


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