Alone on the Wall (Expanded)


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Alex Honnold, born on August 17, 1985, is a renowned American rock climber, distinguished for his unparalleled free solo ascents of colossal rock walls. His global acclaim skyrocketed in June 2017 when he achieved the unprecedented feat of free soloing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, scaling the 2,900-foot Freerider route at 5.13a grade. Described by the New York Times as "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever," this climb etched Honnold's name in history. He further solidified his legacy with the fastest ascent of the "Yosemite Triple Crown," completing the Mount Watkins, The Nose, and Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome link-up in a remarkable 18 hours and 50 minutes. In 2015, Honnold received the prestigious Piolet d'Or in alpine climbing for the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia, a five-day enchainment of the Cerro Chaltén Group. Alongside co-author David Roberts, Honnold penned the memoir "Alone on the Wall" (2015). His extraordinary achievements also inspired the 2018 BAFTA and Academy Award-winning biographical documentary, "Free Solo."
David Roberts (1943-2021) was the author of dozens of books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications.


Alex Honnold spends his life cheating death.
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 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.
[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.