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Alone on the wall

Honnold, Alex2016
Books, Manuscripts
A twelve-year-old kid in the audience raised his hand and asked, 'Aren't you afraid you're gonna die?' Without missing a beat, Alex shot back, 'We've all gotta die sometimes. You might as well go big.' Alex Honnold is 28 years old, and perhaps the world's best 'free solo' climber. When Alex performs one of his long free solos, the severity of which no one else has yet dared to attempt, he does away altogether with ropes, with a partner to catch his fall, with support of any kind (neither bolts, pitons, nuts or cams). There is a purity to Alex's climbs that is easy to comprehend, but impossible to fathom; in the last forty years, only a handful of climbers have pushed 'free soloing' to the razor edge of risk. Half of them are dead. This book features tales to make your palms sweat and your feet curl with vertigo, told by a smart, likeable climbing visionary.
Main title:
Alone on the wall / Alex Honnold with David Roberts.
London : Pan Books, 2016.
248 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm
9781447282730 (pbk)
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