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The Impossible Climb by Mark Synnott

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

Mark Synnott

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Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781760632724

An intimate account of Alex Honnold's unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb up El Capitan in Yosemite, without a rope.

4 stars out of 5
PD Smith
12 Mar 2020

"This description of Alex Honnold’s ascent without a safety rope is as gripping as a thriller"

Synnott’s book is as gripping and nail-biting as a thriller. It is a memorable portrait of the fearless and driven Honnold, who was nicknamed “the Monk” because he doesn’t smoke or drink (not even caffeine). From reading The Brothers Karamazov 10,000ft up a cliff in Borneo, to his passionate commitment to environmentalism, Honnold is a remarkable figure. Introverted and geeky as a youngster, he admits to being “somewhere on the autistic spectrum”.