American Alex Honnold is 32 years old. He is the greatest free solo climber in the world. He is living in just a van and he has all the climbing gear and food he needs. He travels in his van to different mountain ranges and climbs them. He climbs many 90 degree walls -just him and the wall. There are no nets, no ropes, no helmet, and no protection if he falls. He also is a publisher of the book Alone On The Wall. He is very humble and has made many speed records. He climbs for fun and has no intentions of stopping until he loses the love for it.
He inspires me and causes me to want to climb. This summer I am going to try climb Mt. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine. I really recommend you read his book.
Here are some of the mountains he has climbed.
- Nose of El Capitan: Speed record with Hans Florine on June 17, 2012. Time: 2:23:51
- Solo of Half Dome in 1 hour, 22 minutes. May 2012.
- Freerider in Yosemite Valley in one day in May 2007 when he was 21 years old.
- Solo of Yosemite Triple Crown — Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome – in 18 hours, 50 minutes ; free soloing 90% of the link-up.
- Free solo of Astroman and Rostrum in Yosemite Valley in one day in September 2007, becoming the second person after Peter Croft (1987) to do so.
- Free solo of the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome on 6 September 2008.
- El Potrero Chico
- The Mandala: 8A+(V12). A repeat of Chris Sharma‘s classic boulder in Bishop, California
- Ambrosia: 8A(V11). Second ascent of Kevin Jorgeson‘s highball boulder problem in Bishop, California.
- Too Big To Flail: 7C+(V10) or 8b(5.13d). First Ascent of a 45 ft. face in Bishop, California.
- The Green Mile: 8c+(5.14c). Alex Honnold’s most difficult sport climb on a rope at the Jailhouse crag near San Francisco.
- Free solo of Heaven (5.12d) and Cosmic Debris (5.13b) in 2014 in Yosemite National Park
- Free solo of The Phoenix, the USA’s first 5.13a.
- Repeats of Parthian Shot, New Statesman, Meshuga (solo), an on-sight of Gaia (and subsequently repeated it solo), and an on-sight solo of London Wall during a trip to England at the end of 2008.
- First ascents of The Rainbow Arch (5.12+, top-roped) and multiple small towers (free solo) in the Ennedi Desert, Chad, in 2010.
- First ascent of the Low’s gully gorge face of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo in April 2009.
- The complete traverse of the Fitz Roy massif in Patagonia. Completed over five days with Tommy Caldwell in February 2014.[30
Information found on Wikipedia.