The Impossible Climb Alex Honnold El Capitan and the Climbing Life review ä 9

The Impossible Climb Alex Honnold El Capitan and the Climbing Life

Mark Synnott ½ 9 read & download

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 listened to most of this book on audio while training on a campus board so it was extra fun and motivating to learn about some of the most epic climbs attempted to date A central event of the book is Alex Honnold’s free solo of El Capitan but Synnott includes many of climbing’s most central personalities and their respective adventures Whenever I read a book or see a movie centered around climbing culture I get the feeling that even if I wasn’t obsessed with the sport the characters are so charismatic and funny that I’d love these booksmovies anyway This book is fine a fairly interesting read but there are simply better alternatives available that keep me from recommending it Synnott seems torn between writing a memoir of his own adventures in climbing in kind of a self deprecating way and writing this “free solo of El Cap” centered story The two don’t really mesh together all that well So if you’re interested in learning about Mark Synnott this might be a good choice but if you’re interested in rock climbing culture and specifically Honnold’s free solo of El Cap just watch Free Solo The film does an outstanding job detailing not only the climb but also Honnold’s character One of the selling points of this book is that Synnott has known Honnold as a friend for a few years so he knows him pretty well but Honnold isn’t exactly elusive he’s written an autobiography and speaks extensively about his motivations in the movie Free Solo In short fine book for a climber obsessed with climbing culture but I’d recommend watching all the Sender Films movies instead Reel Rock series Valley Uprising Free Solo etc

review The Impossible Climb Alex Honnold El Capitan and the Climbing Life

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 little interest in At times I got a little tired of all the technical talk about climbing but overall enjoyed learning about the history of climbing a many of the major players in the climbing world

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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. 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 without is borderline insane in my opinion People have been doing it for a while though and Synnott’s book takes us back to the origins of free climbing with Royal Robbins and Warren Harding as well as potted histories of the men known as the Stonemasters who made the Yosemite peaks their own But this book is primarily about the rise and rise of Alex Honnold who took the discipline of free solo climbing to another level literallyIn June 2017 Honnold surpassed himself by ascending El Cap without a rope in under four hoursThis achievement was seen as staggering across the climbing community and brought numerous accolades for this For those watching it was a constant heart in mouth moment thoughIn lots of ways I liked this book Synnott is a climbing insider and knows all the people that were involved in this as well as being steeped in the history of climbing in that part of the USA He writes well too The very end of the book is incredibly fast paced as describes the climb and the emotions going through all of those watching him ascend However I felt it was a little too stretched out as it took a long time to get to that point Not a bad book overall 35 stars


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 was a crazy impulsive act could not be wrong Alex was famous for being able to put fear in a box and set it on an out of the way shelf in the back of his mind It wasn't true that he was fearless; he had just learned how to set aside that fear and concentrate on the task at hand Each of the most challenging areas of the climb were mapped out extensively in the notebook he updated after every climb and reviewed relentlessly He knew exactly where he would put his fingers hands toes and feet on every part of the climb Though the climb itself took just under 4 hours the book is nearly 400 pages long and includes Honnold's childhood and climbing history as well as the background of those who supported him and even those who climbed parallel to him with cameras strapped to them to record the event There is plenty of coverage of the dangers of the sport as well including a number of stories of those who perished during their climbsThe book is uite technical including a lot of jargon and technical terms about climbing anchors belay transitions hitch carabiner sling crux crimps pitch open book horizontal flake anchor point full ape index mini tracking ascenders crux clab pitches redpointing beta death zone flow state tension traverse etc The author is very articulate and well versed in all aspects of climbing around the world as well as the expectations and demands of the sponsors who make it possible for professional climbers to achieve notoriety and financial success Coincidentally just as I was finishing this book the National Geographic movie Free Solo was being screened at a local theater and I watched the film which is a perfect complement to this book


  2. says:

    I enjoy reading books on mountaineering and climbing even though I would never be able to do the incredible things these athletes do Therefore I was very interested in this story how could someone climb that part of Yosemite without the aid of roles and other euipment? As far as THAT went this book delivered on that promise However the journey to get there was tedious There were a LOT of stories that were about the author and his climbing career instead of Alex although when Alex was the subject it was entertaining Also most books I have read on the sport are written in language not too technical so readers who are not climbers can understand better That wasn't the case with this book as I was freuently flipping back to remember what what being discussed or what certain terms meantISince I did finish the book and the story is gripping I give this book apassing gradeof three stars but would recommend only readers who are climbers or have an advanced knowledge of the sport read it I obtained this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  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 without is borderline insane in my opinion People have been doing it for a while though and Synnott’s book takes us back to the origins of free climbing with Royal Robbins and Warren Harding as well as potted histories of the men known as the Stonemasters who made the Yosemite peaks their own But this book is primarily about the rise and rise of Alex Honnold who took the discipline of free solo climbing to another level literallyIn June 2017 Honnold surpassed himself by ascending El Cap without a rope in under four hoursThis achievement was seen as staggering across the climbing community and brought numerous accolades for this For those watching it was a constant heart in mouth moment thoughIn lots of ways I liked this book Synnott is a climbing insider and knows all the people that were involved in this as well as being steeped in the history of climbing in that part of the USA He writes well too The very end of the book is incredibly fast paced as describes the climb and the emotions going through all of those watching him ascend However I felt it was a little too stretched out as it took a long time to get to that point Not a bad book overall 35 stars


  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 a cast of colorful characters that includes Alex Lowe Jimmy Chin Warren Harding John Bachar and Dean Potter as well as stories of climbs and expeditions around the world If all you care about is Honnold climbing's It boy of the moment then just go read the expanded edition of Alone on the Wall and watch Free Solo over and over Those with a deeper curiosity should love this book even though it's sure to inspire arguments and discussion among the climbing tribe


  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 like a collection of news articles stitched together which if you read the Author’s Note at the end that is exactly what this book is he took articles “verbatim” and put them into this bookSo in the end this book is really long wanders around on topics and probably needed to be edited down 100 pages I am glad I finished it though


  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 all the technical talk about climbing but overall enjoyed learning about the history of climbing a many of the major players in the climbing world


  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 about some of the most epic climbs attempted to date A central event of the book is Alex Honnold’s free solo of El Capitan but Synnott includes many of climbing’s most central personalities and their respective adventures Whenever I read a book or see a movie centered around climbing culture I get the feeling that even if I wasn’t obsessed with the sport the characters are so charismatic and funny that I’d love these booksmovies anyway This book is fine a fairly interesting read but there are simply better alternatives available that keep me from recommending it Synnott seems torn between writing a memoir of his own adventures in climbing in kind of a self deprecating way and writing this “free solo of El Cap” centered story The two don’t really mesh together all that well So if you’re interested in learning about Mark Synnott this might be a good choice but if you’re interested in rock climbing culture and specifically Honnold’s free solo of El Cap just watch Free Solo The film does an outstanding job detailing not only the climb but also Honnold’s character One of the selling points of this book is that Synnott has known Honnold as a friend for a few years so he knows him pretty well but Honnold isn’t exactly elusive he’s written an autobiography and speaks extensively about his motivations in the movie Free Solo In short fine book for a climber obsessed with climbing culture but I’d recommend watching all the Sender Films movies instead Reel Rock series Valley Uprising Free Solo etc


  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 for National Geographic and called FREE SOLO The Impossible Climb not only tells his story but that of other climbers it's amazing read


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