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Alex Honnold: The World’s Best Free Soloist -Esquire


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A living legend.

Wow, that looks frightening. Is it as scary as it looks?

I think so. Even when one is on a rope, it's unnerving as heck. People die even when wearing a rope. Or get hurt pretty badly.

I like how honest he is. No bravado. No promises. Just delivers.

Let' see what Alex has to say: 

"“I didn’t want to get bitten. My rational brain knew that the mouse was more scared of me than I was of him. But that’s how fear works. When a few little things go wrong, it’s easy to start down that road where you build this escalating sense of panic, like, ‘oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck, I don’t know what to do…’”"

"“I must have free soloed thousands of pitches,” he says. “And I had all kinds of fucked up experiences, climbing the wrong route, and getting really scared. But I learned that, to a large extent, the cruxing was self-imposed.” “Cruxing” is climber-talk for those moments of difficulty, fear and panic, those times when, as Honnold says, “you go, ‘I’m scared, I’m really scared, oh God, oh God, oh God…’”

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"“I know the risks,” says Honnold. “I’ve fallen sometimes when I haven’t expected to, with a rope on, too. But that’s with a rope, you know? I trust myself that, when it really matters, I won’t fuck up."

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