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What It Takes to Be Alex Honnold’s Climbing Partner

Outside Podcast

Alex Honnold is the planet's most famous rock climber, known for scaling massive walls without ropes. He’s at the absolute peak of his abilities. So it would seem rather surprising that his go-to climbing partner is Cedar Wright, ten years his senior and often not in the best physical shape. Honnold calls him “the world’s weakest professional climber,” and he’s only half joking. Yet despite their differences, the two friends share a unique bond that has them calling on each other for support on particularly daring projects. To understand why, we mic’d them up for a 5,000-foot free-solo climb in Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon. This episode is brought to you by Bosch eBike Systems, maker of outstanding motors, displays, and rechargeable batteries that work seamlessly with the most reputable electric-bike brands in the world. Learn more at bosch-ebike.com.


14 Sep 2021

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Alex Honnold on Managing Fear & Living on the Edge

The Keep Going Podcast – Powered by TB12

Our guest on today’s episode is Alex Honnold, the legendary professional rock climber whose free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognizable climbers in the world.  Alex has a legendary mindset and an ability to push past fear that has enabled him to make a career out of climbing without a rope to protect him if he falls. If you’ve seen Free Solo, the Oscar-winning documentary that highlights his unassisted, free solo climb of El Capitan, then you know just how incredible that accomplishment was.  Alex is a humble and hard-working guy who has found unparalleled success in a sport that requires him to risk death with every step he takes. He was never the strongest or fastest climber, and it wasn’t until he dropped out of college and spent a year living in his van in between climbs that Alex began to develop the resilience that has made him the greatest free solo climber ever.   He is also the host of the recently developed “Climbing Gold” podcast, which takes listeners on a tour through the history and evolution of climbing, from the early days of the lunatic fringe to today’s new generation of athletes. Check out Alex's Climbing Gold Podcast here. This is a fascinating conversation about overcoming fear and loss on the way to finding your passion, and we think you’ll all enjoy hearing Alex’s incredible story in his own words. Let’s go!


10 Sep 2021

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Fear: Alex Honnold

Life Lessons: From Sport and Beyond

How to overcome fear with the legendary Free Solo climber and Oscar winnerAs the saying goes, there’s nothing to fear but fear itself. In this episode, free solo climber Honnold, the man who scaled a 3000 foot vertical cliff without ropes, discusses fear and how to overcome it.His conquering of the awe inspiring El Capitan in America has been described as ‘one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, ever’ – it was so impressive, they made an Oscar winning film about it called Free Solo.As Honnold recalls his legendary climb, he shares the importance of preparation and visualisation and tells why incremental practice can be used to overcome just about any fear, including social anxiety and fear of public speaking. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 May 2021

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28. Chad Millman with Final Four and MLB Bets -- 'Free Solo' Star Alex Honnold on Fear, His Future

The Colin Cowherd Podcast

On this episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, Colin explains why the NFL is on the road to diluting its product with a 17-game season. His first guest is The Action Network Chief Content Officer Chad Millman who discusses if bettors should keep riding Gonzaga despite huge point spreads (4:00), the most enticing Opening Day MLB season win futures (9:00), and if LaMarcus Aldridge joining the Nets improves Brooklyn's title odds (17:00).Also, Free Solo rock climbing star Alex Honnold sits down for a conversation about why he doesn’t feel fear when climbing without any ropes (28:00), how getting married has changed his outlook on high risk climbing (38:00), the most intense moment of his El Capitan climb (41:00), how long he’ll continue the most intense of his free solo climbs (47:00), which other sports he finds intimidating (49:00), and If he’s peaked as a climber (58:00).Make sure you follow Colin and The Volume on Twitter for the latest content and updates and check out FanDuel for the best wagering and daily fantasy action! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 8mins

2 Apr 2021

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All Ball - Doug's Elite 8 --> Final 4 Breakdown; Guest: 'Free Solo' Star Alex Honnold on Fear, Preparation and Making the Film

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

In this episode, Doug breaks down the Elite 8 NCAA Tournament action and the Final Four teams. His guest this week is 'Free Solo' climbing superstar Alex Honnold who opens up about his fearlessness, his mental approach, his future, the making of the massively successful film, and what to expect from his new climbing podcast. Make sure you download, rate and subscribe here to get the latest All Ball Podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


1 Apr 2021

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Alex Honnold On The Responsibility of Adventure, Olympic Climbing & Reversing Climate Change

The Rich Roll Podcast

With great adventure comes great responsibility. It’s not enough to simply appreciate our natural world—we must also protect it. Preserve it. Regenerate it. All of us. And with our full attention.No one embodies this ethos quite like Alex Honnold.Renowned adventurer and global icon of athletic mastery, Alex is widely recognized for his death-defying ropeless ascent of El Capitan—a 3,600-foot sheer vertical rock face he climbed without a harness or any protective gear whatsoever. It was a feat that stunned the world. Landed it’s cinematic document Free Solo an Oscar. And cemented this unique and compelling individual as one of the greatest athletes of all time.While our conversation back in 2018 covered this incredible accomplishment, much has transpired in Alex’s life since the whole Free Solo affair. So this conversation takes a different tack, exploring a different side of Alex. We steer clear of the more well-trod terrain and topics he has exhaustively fielded at this point and instead venture into new life experiences and other interests post-Free Solo: Alex as storyteller, podcast host, climbing historian, environmentalist, activist, husband, and more.The crux of today’s exchange is Alex’s environmental work with The Honnold Foundation.The impact he’s made thus far. He’s intentions for the future. And the steps he intends to pursue to help reverse environmental degradation: the greatest existential threat to life on Earth.We talk about the challenges of combating the climate crisis and why his current passion is solar and renewable energy.We also discuss his new turn as a podcaster, co-hosting the newly released Climbing Gold, a special miniseries of climbing-centric stories that explore the past, present, and future of the sport. In addition, Alex shares some insight into climbing’s debut at the Tokyo Olympics.But overall, the most important lesson Alex imparts is the responsibility of the adventurer. To be a climber, skier, cyclist, runner, or outdoor enthusiast, you must also be an environmental steward—and take personal action to preserve and sustain nature’s finite offerings.The visually inclined can watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.Alex is wise, remarkable, and someone I deeply admire. My hope is that this conversation will inspire you to think more deeply about how you can positively impact the world we all share.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsFour Sigmatic: Nutritious and delicious organic, Fair-Trade, single-origin Arabica mushroom coffee made with only the highest quality adaptogens like Lion’s Mane and Chaga. Visit foursigmatic.com/roll and get up to 40% off + Free Shipping on Mushroom Coffee bundles.ROKA: Cutting edge eyewear & apparel built for top performance. Ultralight construction. Arms-Up Design. Official USAT Partner. If you’re active like me and wear prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, ROKA combines the no-slip performance you’ve been waiting for with fashionable frames. Visit roka.com and enter code RichRoll for 20% off.Navitas Organics: Fine purveyors of delicious organic superfoods on a mission to forge a better world by supporting organic farmers & plant-focused lifestyles. For a limited time, get  30% off your entire order by visiting navitasorganics.com/richroll.Boll & Branch: The first honest and transparent bedding company that only uses sustainable and responsible methods of sourcing and manufacturing. Go to BollandBranch.com today for 15% off your first set of the softest sheets in the universe when you use promo code richroll at checkout.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".SHOW NOTESConnect with Alex:  Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTubePodcast: Climbing GoldHonnold Foundation: Supporting solar energy for a more equitable worldHonnold Foundation: 2020 Impact ReportFree Solo: WatchAlex’s book: Alone On The Wall*NY Times: The Heart-Stopping Climbs of Alex HonnoldNational Geographic: Alex Honnold Isn’t Fearless – He Just Accepts DeathNational Geographic: Exclusive: Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent EverClimbing: Alex Honnold: Climate Change Is Urgent, We Need to Decrease Extraction NowDeadline: ‘Free Solo’ Star Alex Honnold Launches Climbing PodcastTokyo 2020: Sport ClimbingNational Geographic: Rock climbing will be a 2020 Olympic sport. Here’s what to expect.The Washington Post: Everything you need to know about the Tokyo OlympicsClimbing: Olympic Climbing 101: Everything You Need to Know About Climbing at the 2021 Tokyo OlympicsClimbing: A Guide to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Climbing FormatOCN: Rock-Climbing Broomfield Teen to Represent US in Tokyo OlympicsOlympic Channel: Olympic sport climbing at Tokyo 2020: Top five things to knowForbes: Report: Tokyo 2020 Olympics Will Go Ahead But Foreign Visitors Will Be BannedLaughing Place: National Geographic’s “Explorer” Series to Embark on Groundbreaking Scientific ExpeditionsRed Bull: This is how El Capitan’s legendary speed climbing record has tumbledRed Bull: Alex Honnold on the life lessons that followed Free SoloRock And Ice: Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell’s “Nose” Speed Record (1:58:07)Rock And Ice: Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Complete New 17-Peak, 35-Mile Linkup in Rocky Mountain National ParkOut There: Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell complete massive feat in Colorado mountainsCNN: Rock climber speaks to Cooper about staying active in pandemicNPR: Emily Harrington Is 1st Woman To Free-Climb El Capitan’s Golden Gate Route In 1 DayFor 1000s of delicious, customized plant-based recipes & so much more, check out our Plantpower Meal PlannerHOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?Tell Your Friends & Share Online!Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google PodcastsDonate: Check out our Patreon accountSupport The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Thank The Team: I do not do this alone. Send your love to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers & Davy Greenberg; copywriting by Georgia Whaley; and theme music by Tyler Piatt. Trapper Piatt & Hari Mathis.*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 53mins

29 Mar 2021

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PMS 2.0 380 - Free Solo Climber Alex Honnold, LeGarrette Blount, & AJ Hawk

The Pat McAfee Show 2.0

On today's show, Pat and the boys chat about the Bucs bringing most of the band back together, and all the other pertinent things happening in the NFL. Also joining the show is arguably the greatest climber in the world, the subject of the 2018 Oscar winning documentary Free Solo, Alex Honnold, to chat about truly being one of one, his life climbing these insane walls, his new podcast, why he won't be competing on American Ninja Warrior, his thoughts on climbing coming to the Olympics, and much more in one of the most fascinating interviews you'll hear (21:32-49:21). Next, 3x Super Bowl Champion, 2016 NFL rushing TD's leader, 8 year NFL veteran, LeGarrette Blount joins Pat and AJ Hawk to chat about his new CBD business, what he thinks of the Patriots spending all this money, if Carson Wentz is a dude, if he thinks anyone can fill Bill Belichick's shoes, and more (51:06-1:13:27). To close out the show, Pat and AJ blaze through everything going on in the NFL currently, and chat more about the Alex Honnold conversation (1:15:08-1:33:30). Make sure you subscribe to youtube.com/thepatmcafeeshow and listen every day on Mad Dog Radio, Sirius XM Channel 82. We appreciate you all for listening, come and laugh with us, cheers.

1hr 38mins

24 Mar 2021

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Free Solo climber Alex Honnold on eliminating fear and accomplishing greatness

WHOOP Podcast

Alex Honnold is one of the greatest rock climbers on the planet and is most famous for his daring ascent of Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan without a rope. The climb was chronicled in the Oscar award-winning National Geographic documentary Free Solo. Few athletes in the world have reached the level of mastery in their field the way Alex has. He details how visualization has prepared him for some of his most dangerous and awe-inspiring accomplishments. Alex shares how he has trained himself to control and almost eliminate fear while he makes life or death solo climbs. He discusses his beginnings in rock climbing (3:40), risk vs. consequence (9:25), judging success based on the journey, not the outcome (11:46), playing to your strengths (18:10), training for El Capitan (24:50), Free Solo (28:00), visualization (32:41), overcoming fear (37:24), REM Sleep (43:16), what’s next (55:44), staying safe while free soloing (1:02:18), his public perception as a risk taker (1:04:33), and avoiding risks in everyday life (1:05:44).Support the show (http://whoop.com)

1hr 10mins

24 Mar 2021

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S2 E8 Free Solo and More - Alex Honnold on Life and El Capitan

Real Risk

Alex Honnold is cool. Beyond cool actually. His skill and calm transcend what most of us can conceive is possible. And yet when you chat with him he is immediately likeable and you can imagine hanging out. His enthusiasm makes you want to go climbing with him although in my case that would be very embarrassing. I do suspect he'd help you maximise your potential. After all, he guided his own mum to the top of El Cap in her 60s!I can't remember enjoying talking to someone more than I did Alex. And when I somewhat clumsily asked him if Autism Spectrum Disorder was the key to his fearless attacks on the big walls, he seemed as interested in the possibility as I was. Enjoy the conversation and see what conclusions we came to.


20 Oct 2020

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EP#1: Alex Honnold - Free Soloing | Solar Power | Reading vs. Social Media

Impact in the 21st Century

Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber and athlete who made history with this free solo climb of El Capitan, Yosemite. He's also the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing access to solar power. In this episode, Alex Honnold discusses his groundbreaking El Capitan free solo climb, Honnold Foundation's impactful solar energy initiatives, and how to find focus in a world fixated with scrolling and social media. Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation. This podcast brings to light the positive social impact made by activists, academics, authors, founders, and innovators. Learn more and subscribe to the mailing list here! Alex Honnold's reading list! Honnold Foundation simbifoundation.org/impact-in-the-21st-century

1hr 11mins

17 Sep 2020