Soloing stems in some part from wanting to engage with a beautiful place in a challenging way. Nothing inspires me more than big sheets of blank rock. Perfection.  But the desire to solo a route has to be weighed against the possibilities. Can I physically do it? Am I prepared? Am I absolutely sure of myself? Finally I commit, and once I start there’s only complete focus. The only thing that exists is the rock around me and the next few moves of climbing. Yet there’s still the joy of movement, the pleasure in moving my body over rock and swinging around freely. And ultimately there’s the summit, which feels a lot like the base. I’m still immersed in a beautiful place but somehow it feels even richer – Alex Honnold

Alexander J. Honnold is an American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls. He has broken a number of speed records, most notably the only known solo climb (mostly free climbing with a few points of aid) of the Yosemite Triple crown, an 18 hour 50 minute link up of Mount Watkins, The Nose, and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. 

He and Hans Florine are the current record holders for the Nose with a climb time of 2:23:51. Honnold says that he likes tall, long routes and that he tries to do them quickly.

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