Alone on the Wall (Paperback)
Alone on the Wall is an amazing story, not just about climbing, but about taking risks and believing in oneself. Alex Honnold is one of the greatest rock climbers in the world today and has pioneered free solo climbing, including an astonishing first: a free solo climb of El Capitan. Although it was long seen as too dangerous, he scaled it alone while being filmed by National Geographic. The documentary is well worth watching, but the book gives so much more of the personal sacrifice and dedication required for this sport. This is an adventure story and an inspiration.— Mariana Turner, Receiving
Including two new chapters on Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan—to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear—completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (National Geographic) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (New York Times). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (Vertical magazine).
Alone on the Wall recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold’s extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his 3 hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which Outside called "the moon landing of free soloing…a generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words…one of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."
About the Author
Alex Honnold is a world-class American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls.
David Roberts is the award-winning author of thirty books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His recent book Alone on the Wall, coauthored with rock climber Alex Honnold, was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Free Solo. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Alex Honnold spends his life cheating death.
Honnold here recounts his ascents on some of the world's most dangerous rock walls. You'll come away questioning his sanity for choosing this controversial sport…but it's also impossible not to feel awe.
Honnold blows wide open any conventional understanding of the term 'comfort zone.'…He engagingly conveys his love of climbing.
— Barbara J. King
[Honnold] is the foremost practitioner of the dark art of free solo rock climbing—ascending extremely difficult cliffs hundreds, sometimes thousands, of feet tall without ropes or protection hardware of any kind. That is every bit as stupefying as it sounds.
Alone on the Wall is set to inspire multitudes [of climbers]. With his off-the-charts abilities and laconic, whip-smart, no-B.S. persona, Honnold has made climbing cool.
[Honnold's] ability to connect with a larger audience and bring a humble perspective to his many accomplishments makes him a great ambassador to the sport…[R]eading the vivid descriptions captured by Honnold and Roberts will surely cover the book's pages in a fine layer of palm sweat.