As at 2006, the name Alex Honnold had never been heard in the climbing world, he emerged from nowhere in 2007 and free soloed both the Rostrum and Yosemite’s Astroman the same day, equating him to the 1987 feat achieved by the legendary climber Peter Croft. All of a sudden, Alex earned prominent recognition. The next year saw him at the 1,200-foot, 5.12d finger crack that splits Zion’s Moonlight Buttress which he successfully free soloed, When his success was reported on the 1st of April, people questioned the veracity of the information, believing it to be a joke. Alex came out after five months with a successful free solo of 2,000-foot, glacially bulldozed Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome which was described as unprecedented. According to Croft, Alex’s feat was the most extraordinary ropeless ascent in history.
The professional rock climber is popular for his free solo ascent of mighty walls and according to him, he loves to do them fast. His latest feat is his collaboration with Tommy Caldwell on the 6th of June 2018. The duo broke the speed record by completing the approximately 3,000-foot route of the Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite in 1:58:07, making them the first set of climbers to succeed in completing that particular route in less than two hours.
In addition to his climbing profession, Alex Honnold is an author, along with David Robert, he wrote a memoir titled Alone on the Wall which chronicled his exploits in climbing. The 2018 biographical documentary titled Free Solo which won a BAFTA award featured him as a subject. He made appearances on several television shows and has bagged a few prestigious awards for his effort in professional rock climbing.
He came into the world on the 17th of August 1985 in Sacramento, California, which makes him an American national. His parents Charles Honnold (a French man) and Dierdre Wolownick Honnold (an English woman) were both professors, though they were worried about their son’s chosen profession, they still gave him their full support. Unfortunately, his patents got divorced a few years later and his dad died a year after their divorce. Alex grew up alongside one sibling Stasia Honnold.
On his academics, he attended Mira Loma High School where he graduated from in 2003 with a 4.7 GPA. He proceeded to the University of California, Berkeley where he started to study civil engineering but quit at the age of 19 when professional rock climbing came calling. Even while he was at the university, Alex Honnold skipped his studies severally while trying to hone his climbing skills. He was five years old when he started experimenting with heights at a climbing gym and by the time he turned 10, he was already climbing several times a week. During his teens, he was involved in numerous national youth climbing championships; he also has some international contests under his belt.
Alex Honnold is not in any marriage relationship presently, but he has a girlfriend, Cassandra Sanni McCandless – a writer and blogger with a blog known as 35 Degrees to the West which centers on her experience with the great outdoors. According to her record, Cassandra made the first move at Alex’s 2015 book signing event which took place in a Seattle book store. When it got to her turn, she presented him with a piece of paper with her phone number clearly written on it and said: “because you made me laugh — and why not?”
Alex’s lady love has been quite supportive of his career; contrary to people’s belief that she will end up being a source of distraction for him. She was there for him even when he sustained some injuries during his training in preparation to climb the EI Capitan. Against the expectations of the public, Cassandra helped Alex in overcoming his injuries and boosted his aspirations of emerging the sole climber to climb on perils of EI Capitan.
Alex Honnold’s career as a professional climber has earned him the tidy sum of $2 million as his estimated net worth. It is expected that his wealth will show some positive growth at the next review since he is still very active as a climber. In 2017, he purchased a house in Las Vegas.
Although his body weight is not known, the expert climber’s height is listed as 5 feet 11 inches. The details of his general body measurements have never been published but he has brown hair with eyes of similar color. Alex Honnold is currently on a veggies diet, he is not on drugs neither does he touch caffeine and alcohol.