Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of by Alex Honnold

By Alex Honnold

'Riveting...Honnold is neither loopy nor reckless. Alone at the Wall finds him to be an totally designated and very attractive younger man.' Jon Krakauer

A twelve-year-old child within the viewers raised his hand and requested, 'Aren't you afraid you're gonna die?'

Without lacking a beat, Alex shot again, 'We've all gotta die occasionally. chances are you'll in addition cross big.'

Alex Honnold is 28 years previous, and maybe the world's most sensible 'free solo' climber, scaling most unlikely rock faces with out ropes, pitons or and aid of any style. there's a purity to Alex's climbs that's effortless to realize, yet very unlikely to fathom; within the final 40 years, just a handful of climbers have driven 'free soloing' to the razor fringe of probability.

Half of them are lifeless.

From Yosemite's recognized part Dome to the frighteningly tricky El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico, by myself at the Wall is based round Alex's seven such a lot awesome mountain climbing achievements to this point. those are stories to make your arms sweat and your ft curl with vertigo. jointly, they get to the guts of ways - and why - Alex does what he does. interesting, uplifting and actually awe-inspiring, Alone at the Wall is a booklet concerning the crucial truths of probability and gift, and the power to take care of a novel concentration, even within the face of maximum risk.

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For the second straight playoff series, we were down 3-0, this time to the defending Stanley Cup champions. The dream season, everyone suggested, was about to come to a crashing end. Except it didn’t. We won game four at home to salvage some pride. ), and with a crazy crowd cheering us on, also won game six on Long Island to force a seventh game back in Philadelphia. What is going on here? The New York Islanders were one game away from going to the Stanley Cup finals! The entire hockey world was watching us in game seven, wondering if there was any way we would 32 Chapter 3 be able to do the truly impossible—come back twice in consecutive series from 3-0 deficits to win?

So for the first time in my life, I got on a plane. I flew to Miami, where I would get the chance to stay for a week and meet the Solomon family, father and son, who owned the team, and legendary players like ex-Montreal Canadiens legends Doug Harvey and Dickie Moore (who had joined the club on Dec. 3, 1967 and was an enormous help in that first year). Al Arbour, the first captain of the team, was a real solid defenceman who I became friends with and would do a little business with later in my hockey travels.

There were times on road trips where he would carry a briefcase full of cash with him to pay our hotel bills—this was because the Islanders’ credit had become so bad nobody would take a credit card from us. Boe had a heart of gold really, but that cost him in the long run. Despite his money problems, he signed superstars like Julius Erving and Tiny Archibald to massive contracts and the Nets went on to win an American Basketball Association title. But his free-spending ways eventually hurt both franchises and he just couldn’t keep up financially.

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