Relativity of Risk

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Alex Honnold embodies the life and climbing accomplishments that rock climbers have fantasized about since Tuolumne meadows and Eldorado Canyon became meccas for climbers in the sixties. Living out of a 2002 Ford Econoline E150 van, Alex is frequently described as awe-inspiring, masterful, and at times, dangerous. He is best known for his daring free-solos in which he climbs thousand-foot cliffs without a rope or harness of any kind. Free-soloing has allowed Alex to scale mountains in mere hours, when it would normally take climbers days to complete.

Celin Serbo, courtesy of the North Face

He first caught the attention of the climbing community in 2007 with his audacious one-day free solo link-up of two multi-pitch Yosemite 5.11+ free-routes, The Rostrum and Astroman. He went on to make the first-ever rope-less free ascent of the long Moonlight Buttress (5.12) in Zion National Park and then a three-day ascent of El Capitan’s Salathe Wall, a seldom-free-climbed 5.13 test piece requiring 3,000 feet of climbing.

More recently, Alex worked with Sender Films and Big Up Productions to produce their new collaborative film, Relativity of Risk. The camera brings the audience in close to some of Alex’s latest routes where he continues to push the envelope on what can be climbed without a rope.

Photographer: Jimmy Chin. Courtesy of The North Face

Relativity of Risk is the premiere film in The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series . The film, followed by a live discussion and Q&A session with Alex and the filmmakers, will be screened in Boulder, CO at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday, August 19th followed by screenings in Minneapolis, MN on August 21st and Austin, TX on August 23rd. Tickets are available here .

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