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How long did it take Honnold to free climb El Capitan?

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Asked by: Joe Phillips

3 hours and 56 minutes3 hours and 56 minutes.

How long did it take the first climbers to climb El Capitan?

The first ascent was in 1958 after 47 days of effort by Wayne Merry, Warren Harding and George Whitmore, with over various partner. The first free route on El Capitan was the West Face in 1979 by Ray Jardine and Bill Price.

How long did it take Alex Honnold to free solo Half Dome?

2 hours and 50 minutes

Alex Honnold has free-soloed the Regular Northwest Face (VI 5.12a, 23 pitches) on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Honnold took 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete the route, which has one short pitch of 5.12a and several pitches of 5.11+.

What is Alex Honnold salary?

approximately $200k annually

Alex Honnold is worth just over $2 million dollars – which is impressive for someone in the rock climbing sport. His average yearly income is approximately $200k annually. The average climber will only earn about $15,000 a year from the sport alone.

Has anyone else free soloed El Cap?

Who has free soloed El Cap? On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold completed the first free solo climb of El Capitan. He ascended the Freerider line in 3 hours and 56 minutes, beginning at 5:32 am and reaching the peak at 9:28 am. The climb was filmed for the 2018 documentary Free Solo.

Who is the best free solo climber ever?

Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold – Star Of “Free Solo” Movie. You probably already know Alex Honnold as the best free solo climber in the world. Also, the most famous climber as the star of the incredible “Free Solo“. The documentary captured his journey towards climbing the “Freerider” route on El Capitan with just shoes and a chalk bag.

How old was Alex Honnold when he climbed El Capitan?

Freerider: On May 3, 2017, Honnold became the first climber to free solo El Capitan in Yosemite. He climbed the 30-pitch 5.12d called Freerider that was established in the 1990s by the Huber brothers. In 2007, Honnold climbed Freerider in one day at the age of 21. His solo only took three hours and 56 minutes.

How much did Alex Honnold make from free solo?

So, how much money does Alex Honnold make? Alex Honnold earns around $200,000 a year, although he’s likely earned more from the release of Free Solo. Specific contract details aren’t available, but if you do some digging you can glean information about Honnold’s financial history.

Who free soloed El Capitan first?


Climbing career
Honnold is the first person to free solo climb El Capitan, and holds the fastest ascent 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. Honnold says he likes tall, long routes and that he tries to do them quickly.

What is Alex Honnold doing now?

Honnold is married now and living in Las Vegas, He and his wife are considering having a family, a dramatically different life than the 10-year period Honnold spent living by himself in a van chasing his dream. But even with the life changes, Honnold is not considering ending his career anytime soon.

Who is the best climber of all time?

1. Tommy Caldwell. We had to kick things off by discussing the legendary Tommy Caldwell. Tommy made himself a permanent spot in the ‘best climbers’ list by topping out the Dawn Wall.

Who is better than Alex Honnold?

Tommy Caldwell is the best big wall climber in history. He has set about 50% of the free routes on El Capitan, including the two monumental routes on the Dawn Wall (the largest, blanket wall in the world). He’s been climbing at a world-class level since he was 16 years old, and he’s yet to slow down.

Who is better Alex Honnold or Adam Ondra?

Ondra is probably the best indoor climber in the world, and probably the best outdoor climber in the world, and certainly the best combination of the two. Even those who are more famous, like Alex Honnold, say that Adam Ondra is the best climber on earth.