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


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One slip, one false move, one missed toehold, and you're dead. On 3 June 2017, veteran adventure journalist and professional climber Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: the most famous climber in the world, Alex Honnold, was going to attempt to summit one of the world's most challenging ascents: a route called Freerider on the notorious rock formation, El Capitan. It is an extraordinarily dangerous and difficult climb, and yet Honnold was going to do it ...

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Jul 2, 2019

Crazy and Fascinating

Mark Synnott recounts innumerable stories and anecdotes all describing the modern sport of climbing. The focus of this book may be Alex Honnold's incredible climb of El Capitan, but in some ways it is really a fascinating compendium of the last 5 decades of climbing.

Each story is told from such a personal perspective, you feel like you are getting a real window into the sport and the community surrounding it. It is incredible to read about the progression from the 80's and 90's climbing world to how it is now, and is impressive to see what incredible feats have been accomplished in our lifetime!

A fascinating book through and through, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in extreme sports, alternative lifestyles and adventure culture.

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