Rock climbing is one of those fringe sports that some people would argue isn’t even a sport. It falls into the grey area of horse racing and bowling in some people’s minds. For those who aren’t yet converted, they should explore the body of work of one free-solo climber Alex Honnold. He’s the Tiger Woods (of old and maybe new) of climbing.
This 26-year-old from Sacramento California is out of his mind. He walks the walk, climbs the climb, and lives the life, sleeping and eating out of his “base-camp” cargo van. His mother says he was born to climb and has been proving the point ever since dropping out of Berkeley and pursuing climbing full time. He’s a rock star, pun intended, and has a commercial to prove it.
He has the frame of Federer, the icy veins of Kobe Bryant and the focus of a chess master. If you don’t have time to check him out, make time and go here.
Like in motorsports, or boxing, someone might occasionally die from a freak accident, but there’s few other things in life where one false move means sure death. No other sport has stakes as high, and no other climber climbs higher than Honnold.
The Sacramento Savant is light-years ahead of fellow scalers and demands the respect associated with the station.
It’s one thing to climb 1000 feet. It’s another thing entirely to scale that height without a net. Then it’s another thing still to climb something twice that tall like he did as the first free-solo climber to scale the northwest face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. He did it without a net, nor a cable keeping him on the rock.
To do it in three hours, where it takes most anywhere between 24-48 hours, is insane. He starts out with nothing but rock shoes, a chalk bag and his laser focus and ends up climbing something as higher than the Sears Tower in Chicago.
Words can’t describe what this guy does and how well he does it, so either take my word for it or check him out yourself.