Alone on the Wall [Alex Hunnold] P74
Post Lenght: 3 min
In Review: Alone on the Wall
Author: Alex Honnold
Length: 7 hrs 13 min
Reco: Ya [4/5 bananas]
"Go big." - Honnold
8 years of prepping for a 3hr climb. 8 years for 3 hrs. 8 years of planning, wishing, prepping, training for 3 hours of his life. 3 hrs 56min --- excerpt from my journal.
Those notes were scribbled last year in a dark underground movie theatre in Tribeca.
I saw Free Solo a month before and had come back to catch one minute of content that I could not believe I was hearing.
For years before that climb, though, Alex had been climbing all around the world, preparing to become the only human to ever free solo El Capitan in Yosemite.
"Check out Free Rider." - Honnold
Around Yosemite, he was known as Alex 'No Big Deal' Honnold, referring to things as chill or mellow, and calling everyone dude. Living in a van, he cared most about climbing.
That changed when he was featured in the movie Alone on the Wall, and a follow-up appearance on 60 minutes. That landed him sponsors, and haters, too.
He pressed on, climbing all around the world, staying humble. Because of his sponsors and TV spots, he was able to make money and start a foundation.
The peeps that he admires are Bill Gates and Warren Buffett because they are putting money into making humanity better. He likes Musk, too, pushing the limits of what we think is possible.
The challenge of doing his climbs public is people hating. The challenge of doing it in private is that you don't have a platform to cause change. This was the same thing Chuck Feeney talks about in The Billionaire Who Wasn't. Forbes had him as one of the richest men in the world, even though he had secretly given his money away to charity. For years he did it in secrecy, nobody could ask where the money had come from. In the end, he made it public, because he wanted to be a model for others to give. Giving while living, as Andrew Carnegie would say.
"I just do my normal life, and if people choose to be inspired by the things I'm doing then I'm glad they are getting something out of it." - Honnold
Kevin Hart said in his book, Everybody loves you until you want to be somebody.
Alex has been climbing since he was a kid, but it wasn't until ten years ago that he started thinking about free soloing El Capitan in Yosemite.
On June 3, 2017, he did it.
The part in the movie I went back to see was him doing a voiceover, reading from his climbing journal every pitch and hold. He had it all mapped out. For years he planned for that climb. Eight years :)
We do this because we are addicted to mastery, to the craft. We are disciplined, relentless, to some, maybe even mental. But we can't be stopped, and we wouldn't want it any other way.