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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

"One of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I've ever read." --Sebastian JungerThe Impossible Climb climaxes with Alex Honnold's unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, without a rope. Mark Synnott tells the story in the context of a deeply reported account of his ten-year friendship with Honnold, multiple climbing expeditions, and the climbing ethos they share.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 9:28 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 ...

Title : The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life
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ISBN : 9781101986646
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages
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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life Reviews

  • Vaidas

    I thought to give this book 4 stars at best because of numerous accounts of authors journeys and history lessons. Although, I was warned that this is not a book just about Alex mind-boggling climb.

    However, finishing the book those parts felt necessary. They set the tone of the climbing community, their worldview gets clearer and maybe you can understand a little bit better people who choose climbing as a career even.

    Alexes story is very interesting, and even those this book is more about prepara

  • Kristi

    I enjoyed the climbing stories throughout the book. The author takes you back in time and chronicles the history of climbing. I especially enjoyed reading about the different climbers intertwined into Alex Honnold’s life.

    I found the book full of technical climbing terms which I think would make it difficult for non-climbers to fully feel the magnitude of the accomplishments made by the climbers. The book is great for sports enthusiasts and climbers.

  • Maureen

    It's not Impossible!

    The Impossible Climb.....its certainly not impossible now and this book gives the full account.

    I am getting on in years but even if I had my youth climbing certainly wouldn't be for me so why when I saw this book did I feel that I really wanted to read it and that it was for me?

    Perhaps because all of us in our lifetime want to achieve something, however large or small and reading about this massive and seemly impossible achievement fulfils our dreams and proves that nothing i

  • David

    got this after watching the documentary about Alex Honnold's free solo climb of El Capitan, which i bravely watched almost all of, looking away only occasionally despite a fairly significant fear of heights.

    You can definitely tell the author is a climber himself and a friend of Honnold's, as the climbing discussion gets a bit technical at times and dominates the discussion relative to Honnold's more complicated personal life. Turns out I'm a personal life person and someone with inability to vi

  • Angela L

    This is a book full of climbing anecdotes. A who's who of the worldwide climbing fraternity and some of the most challenging peaks around the world.

    Very interesting stuff if this is your sport but as someone who knows pretty much nothing about climbing it did feel a little technical in places.

    From the cover blurb/title I was expecting the majority of the book to relate to the free solo attempt of Alex Honnold on El Capitan. You only have to look at the cover to realise that this is an extraordin

  • Marjorie

    Let me preface this review by stating that I have no interest whatsoever in climbing; to be entirely honest I have always viewed it as being a rather peculiar thing to want to do. In fact, like all extreme sports, I tend to tut and shake my head in a resigned and derogatory fashion if it should ever be mentioned. Fortunately, this a rare occurence living somewhere that doesn't really lend it self to such pursuits. This novel occupies a peculiar slot as it is part autobiography, part biography, ...more

  • Angie Rhodes

    The Impossible Climb, isn't just about men or women climbing a mountain, no this is about El Capitan, a sheer rock formation 3,000 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 equipment, and in just under four hours he reached the summit. It was filmed for National Geographic, and called F ...more

  • Jill

    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 more wrong. Alex was famo ...more