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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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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

Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Street Creek Pack

The Street Creek is a well-made and cool-looking day pack aimed at urban wall-goers. It's just a shame that a higher volume model isn't available for outdoor use, says Rob Greenwood.

Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for bouldering and sport climbing, inside or out. It's too casual for longer or more rugged approaches, but in its niche we think it's a...

TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting
TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting

The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT has been heralded as a revolutionary new waterproof/breathable technology. Very much in the present, Rebecca Ting tests the Summit...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

ISPO 2020 - Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and...

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
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...

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?


Latest News from Alex's Sponsors

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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 opportunity to discover another world. Priests and worshippers have scaled rock towers and cliffs since as far back as the 4th Century, cre...

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 with high dynamism allows the Theory to have unprecedented pedidextarity and reactivity on holds. The Solution Comp is a softer and...

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 planted in the 1930s after strong local opposition. Now, over 70 years later, the forest plantations are reaching maturity. After...

La Sportiva Jackal - Mountain Running Shoe

The Jackal is a mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances

#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond
#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing...

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...


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