Alex Honnold gained world renown for the rescue of Emily Harrington on El Capitan in late November and earlier as the feature climber and starring role in the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary feature “Free Solo.” In the world of climbing the big walls, at Yosemite Valley and elsewhere, Honnold has long been held as one of the world’s best for solo ascents without ropes.
He is the only person to free solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. In 2012, Honnold and Hans Florine (Cal Hall of Fame, Class of 2016) set the record time on the Nose route on Yosemite‘s El Capitan, which he later broke in 2018 with Tommy Caldwell. Honnold’s first free solo ascent of El Capitan in 2017 has been described as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever,” and became the foundation for “Free Solo.” He has appeared in many other films and television shows, including “60 Minutes,” and broke the barrier to bring the world of climbing into the homes of millions. His achievements include all the big walls of Yosemite, at Zion National Park in Utah, the Horseshoe Wall in Arkansas, and far beyond in Patagonia and the Czech Republic.