Alex Honnold is trending. His free solo of El Cap's Freerider route may just be the greatest rock climbing achievement in history. When we pressed Honnold on his summer plans during this interview, he simply mumbled something about traveling to Alaska to "climb some of the biggest walls in North America." No mention of Yosemite. Although this feat came as a surprise to us, according to the National Geographic Exclusive article by Mark M. Synnot, Honnold clearly had his sights on Freerider for some time.
Chilling in the back of my '87 Dodge, Cedar Wright, Todd, and myself enjoyed bottled Uinta brews, sans Alex who kept it clean, and covered subjects like Cedar Wright's "performance gap," Honnold's lack of future jokes should Wright die, the lack of competitiveness between top climbers, and social media best practices for aspiring pros. We even dove a little into training and when to begin taking it seriously.
We're supremely thankful and grateful to have had the opportunity to toss some questions out to two of the biggest names in the industry. And, Honnold and Wright couldn't of been more accommodating. Thanks a bunch guys. Cheers!