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History delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite's Golden Age when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear Synnott paints an authentic wry portrait of climbing history profiling Yosemite heroes John Bachar Peter Croft Dean Potter and the harleuin tribe of climbers known as the Stonemasters A veteran of the North Face climbing team and contributor to National Geographic Synnott weaves in his own amateur and professional experiences with poignant insight and wit Tensions burst on the mile high. Very inspirational insight into Honnold s outlook on climbing and life in general I enjoyed reading about a subject that I previously knew nothing about and really had

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The climbing community had long considered a free solo ascent of El Capitan an impossible feat so far beyond human limits that it was not worth thinking about When Alex Honnold topped out at 928 am on June 3 2017 having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent the world gave a collective gasp His friend Tommy Caldwell who free climbed with a rope the nearby Dawn Wall in 2015 called Alex's ascent the moon landing of free soloing The New York Times described it as one of the great athletic feats of any kind ever It was almost unbearable to watch writes SynnottThis majestic work of personal. Written by an accomplished fellow climber this story of the historic rope free climb of Yosemite s El Capitan by Alex Honnold is fascinating and full of interesting info

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Northwest face of Pakistan's Great Trango Tower; photographerclimber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an intransigent official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold's first foreign expedition led by Synnott to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert The Impossible Climb is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect dialed in dance with nature They dare beyond the ordinary but this story of the sublime is really about all of us Who doesn't need to face down fear and make the most of the time we ha. I loved the Oscar winning documentary Free Solo about Alex Honnold amazing free solo Thus I was excited to read this book However the title is a bit of a misnomer as muc


10 thoughts on “The Impossible Climb Alex Honnold El Capitan and the Climbing Life

  1. says:

    Written by an accomplished fellow climber this story of the historic rope free climb of Yosemite's El Capitan by Alex Honnold is fascinating and full of interesting info about the technical aspects of the climb as well as the climbing world in general Honnold had been obsessed with climbing El Capitan for 9 years nearly a third of his life and had analyzed and practiced every aspect of the route repeatedly Those who think it wa

  2. says:

    I enjoy reading books on mountaineering and climbing even though I would never be able to do the incredible things these a

  3. says:

    El Capitan also known as El Cap is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite The granite monolith is about 914m high and is a legendary mountain for rock climbers It took 47 days to climb it the first time and it was considered amongst the community of climbers that a ‘free solo’ attempt would be so far beyond human limits and endurance that it was virtually impossibleClimbing with a rope is pretty dangerous stuff but climbing

  4. says:

    A look at events leading up to Alex Honnold's free solo of El Capitan described by the New York Times as one of the great athletic feats of any kind ever Big wall climber and alpinist Mark Synnott a self described old silverback to his young alpha climbing friend of ten years has enriched this story immeasurably by expanding the scope of the book beyond Honnold to include climbing history personal memoir and

  5. says:

    Wow just finished this I picked this up after watching Free Solo and was thinking this would be of a behind the scenes look This book was not that This is really just the author’s story of his experiences and trips with Alex Honnold and a lot of the author’s climbing stories too I did really enjoy the section on the bloody history of Yoesmite I found a good part of this book to be really long and feeling li

  6. says:

    Very inspirational insight into Honnold’s outlook on climbing and life in general I enjoyed reading about a subject that I previously knew nothing about and really had little interest in At times I got a little tired of

  7. says:

    I loved the Oscar winning documentary Free Solo about Alex Honnold amazing free solo Thus I was excited to read this book However the title is a bit of a misnomer as much of the book is about the author and other climbers This left me dissappointed The last third of the book is of what I was expecting from the book overall Still interesting but not what I signed on for

  8. says:

    Great book outlining the history of climbing the importance of Yosemite characters of the climbing world and the moon landing of free solos

  9. says:

    I listened to most of this book on audio while training on a campus board so it was extra fun and motivating to learn abou

  10. says:

    The Impossible Climb isn't just about men or women climbing a mountain no this is about El Capitan a sheer rock formation 3000 feet from base to summit many have tried to climb and have succeeded but over 30 fatalities have been recorded It has a sheer glacial rock face which makes it hard to climb Alex Honnold in 1917 not only climbed El Catitan but he did it with no euipment and in just under four hours he reached the summit It was filmed