Alex Honnold 62 Inspiring Quotes Height, Weight, Net Worth, Age, Birthday, Wikipedia, Who, Nationality, Biography

Alex Honnold is an American rock climber known for his free solo ascents of large walls. He achieved free soloing EI Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 2017. He is the only person who has the fastest Yosemite Triple Crown ascent, a 50-minute Mount Watkins link-up, an 18-hour, The Nose, and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome.

He is also a writer, having written the memoir Alone on the Wall (2017) and the 2018 biographical documentary Free Solo. It’s the same documentary that won a BAFTA and an Oscar. Most other climbers, such as Peter Croft and Tommy Caldwell, influenced him, and he is now motivating millions of his fans through his quotes. Some examples are provided below.

  1. “My comfort zone is like a little bubble around me, and I’ve pushed it in different directions and made it bigger and bigger until these objectives that seemed totally crazy eventually fall within the realm of the possible.”― Alex Honnold

  2. “To be clear, I normally climb with a rope and partner. Free-soloing makes up only a small percentage of my total climbing. But when I do solo, I manage the risk through careful preparation. I don’t solo anything unless I’m sure I can do it.”― Alex Honnold


  4. “Yosemite has the most impressive and accessible granite big walls in the world. The rock is amazing. And because of that, it’s been the mecca for climbing in the U.S. – and the world to a large degree – for all of climbing history. It’s the place to test yourself against the historic routes of the past.”― Alex Honnold

  5. “No matter the risks we take, we always consider the end to be too soon, even though in life, more than anything else, quality should be more important than quantity.”― Alex Honnold

  6. “I often joke that I’ve just become a professional schmoozer. Like, nobody cares how well I can rock climb anymore. It just has to do with how well I can schmooze.”― Alex Honnold

  7. “You might get run over; you might get hit by lightning. I mean, who knows? Each day, there is a chance you might die. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Every living being on Earth is facing that same existential rift.”― Alex Honnold

  8. “Anytime you finish a climb, there’s always the next thing you can try.”― Alex Honnold

  9. “I suppose being a bit of an antisocial weirdo definitely honed my skills as a soloist. It gave me a lot more opportunities to solo lots of easy routes, which in turn broadened my comfort zone quite a bit and has allowed me to climb the harder things without a rope that I’ve done now.”― Alex Honnold

  10. “I’m not nostalgic for my glory days in college. It was lame for me. Probably because I had no friends.”― Alex Honnold      

  11. “The simple facts of Chadian life – what it takes to survive in that kind of climate with nothing but a hut and some animals – stunned me. And this made me realize, perhaps for the first time, how easy my life was compared to those of people in less privileged societies.”― Alex Honnold

  12. “I have a journal of everything I’ve ever climbed since 2005. For the entry about free soloing Half Dome, I put a frowny face and added some little notes about what I should have done better, and then underlined it. Turns out that is one of my biggest climbing achievements.”― Alex Honnold

  13. “Climbing is definitely very much strength-to-weight ratio. At the same time, I’ve never dieted or restricted calories. You’re just sort of mindful about not getting plump.”― Alex Honnold

  14. “So many people condemn me for risk-taking, but I find it sort of hypocritical because everybody takes risks. Even the absence of activity could be viewed as a risk. If you sit on the sofa for your entire life, you’re running a higher risk of getting heart disease and cancer.”― Alex Honnold

  15. “There’s a constant tension in climbing, and really all exploration, between pushing yourself into the unknown but trying not to push too far. The best any of us can do is to tread that line carefully.”― Alex Honnold

  16. “I like the simplicity of soloing. You’ve got no gear, no partner. You never climb better than when you free-solo.”― Alex Honnold

  17. “Filming typically takes a bit away from the climbing experience since you have to stop all the time and shoot.”― Alex Honnold

  18. “People think I just walk up to a sheer cliff and climb it with no knowledge of anything when in reality, there’s tons and tons of information out there, and I’m already well tapped into it.”― Alex Honnold

  19. “Free soloing is almost as old as climbing itself, with roots in the 19th century. Climbers are continuing to push the boundaries. There are certainly better technical climbers than me. But if I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one – the ability to keep it together where others might freak out.”― Alex Honnold

  20. “I’ve tried to approach environmentalism the same way I do my climbing: by setting small, concrete goals that build on each other.”― Alex Honnold    

  21. “I live out of my van, which gives me a first-hand appreciation for power and lighting. A few years ago, I rebuilt the interior of my van to include solar panels and a battery that powers LEDs for lighting and allows me to charge my phone and laptop.”― Alex Honnold

  22. “I generally don’t climb something if it makes me feel fear. The beauty of soloing is that there’s no pressure – no one’s telling me to do it. So if something seems scary, I don’t have any obligation to do it. I can prepare further or just walk away entirely.”― Alex Honnold

  23. “Seven years ago, when I started free soloing long, hard routes in Yosemite – climbing without a rope, gear, or a partner – I did it because it seemed like the purest, most elegant way to scale big walls. Climbing, especially soloing, felt like a grand adventure, but I never dreamed it could be a profession.”― Alex Honnold

  24. “I know that when I’m standing alone below a thousand-foot wall, looking up and considering a climb, my sponsors are the furthest thing from my mind. If I’m going to take risks, they are going to be for myself – not for any company.”― Alex Honnold

  25. Alex Honnold Quote on dream and investment of hard work to fulfill it

  26. “I was 19 when my father died from a heart attack. He was a 55-year-old college professor and had led what was by all appearances a risk-free life. But he was overweight, and heart disease runs in our family.”― Alex Honnold

  27. “A hangboard is a little piece of wood with edges, holes, and slopes. There’s different strategies for different things – hanging, varying grips, adding weight. If I do a hard finger workout, I’m definitely sore.”― Alex Honnold


  29. “We are apes – we should be climbing.”― Alex Honnold

  30. “Big climbs energize me. It’s all the other aspects of being a pro-climber that wear me down. The travel and expeditions and training can become pretty tiring. But the actual big climbs – that’s what I live for.”― Alex Honnold

  31. “I love red bell peppers. Bell peppers in general, really. I like to eat them like apples. They’re so crunchy and delicious.”― Alex Honnold      

  32. “I feel that a lot of human spirituality stems from the belief that we are unique and special in the universe, but maybe we are just what happens when there is proper temperature and proper distance from the right type of star.”― Alex Honnold

  33. “I am a vegetarian, and I sort of aspire to vegan-hood. So far I’ve noticed no difference at all in my climbing, but I feel a bit healthier overall. Though that’s only because I’m eating more fruits and vegetables. I think the whole protein thing is overhyped. Most Americans eat far more than we need.”― Alex Honnold

  34. “When I was a teenager, I did a lot of pull-ups and push-ups. Every night before bed, I’d do 150 – in sets of 30 or so. Looking back on it now, I’m not totally sure that’s the best way to improve as a climber. But it did make me a lot better at doing pull-ups and push-ups.”― Alex Honnold

  35. “I’ve never really understood the criticism that climbing is inherently selfish, since it could equally be argued about virtually any other hobby or sport. Is gardening selfish?”― Alex Honnold