Title: Alone on the Wall (2010)

Alone on the Wall


Alone On the Wall — Alex Honnold

lex Honnold's autobiography Alone on the Wall is co-written with journalist David Roberts. This 248 page document of Alex's climbs is split in to nine chapters that are centred around Alex's main climbing feats - starting with his early solo ascents of climbs like Moonlight Buttress and moving on at the end to his Fitzroy Traverse and then his possible plans for the future and for his Honnold Foundation.

When Alex talks of his solo climbs, and his rocky relationship with Stacey, his ex-girlfriend, he does so with an intelligent and interesting outlook. In direct opposition to the unfortunate back cover of the book jacket, Alex is more than just an adrenaline junkie, and his life and climbs are only part of a very complex character that does start to shine through in Alone on the Wall.


Alone on the Wall - First Ascent on Vimeo

From the northwest face of Yosemite's famous Half Dome, to the frighteningly difficult El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico, Alone on the Wall is structured around Alex's seven most extraordinary climbing achievements so far. These are tales to make your palms sweat and your feet curl with vertigo, told by a smart, likeable climbing visionary who, as Jon Krakauer says, is 'utterly genuine. There's no bullshit there.'

I'll end this review with one more quote from the book, one that I think sums up Alex's climbing as well as his no-nonsense prose style in Alone on the Wall: