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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life
 

One slip, one false move, one missed toehold, and you're dead. On 3 June 2017, veteran adventure journalist and professional climber Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: the most famous climber in the world, Alex... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780369302120
Published 5 April 2019 by ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Format Paperback, [Dyslexic Edition]
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Author(s) By Synnott, Mark
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ISBN-13 9780369302120
ISBN-10 0369302125
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Imprint ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Publication Date 5 April 2019
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Paperback, [Dyslexic Edition]
Edition [Dyslexic Edition]
Author(s) By Synnott, Mark
Category Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Active Outdoor Pursuits
Climbing & Mountaineering
Number of Pages 600
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 240mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Sport
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.522092
Catalogue Code Not specified

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One slip, one false move, one missed toehold, and you're dead. On 3 June 2017, veteran adventure journalist and professional climber Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: the most famous climber in the world, Alex Honnold, was going to attempt to summit one of the world's most challenging ascents: a route called Freerider on the notorious rock formation, El Capitan. It is an extraordinarily dangerous and difficult climb, and yet Honnold was going to do it 'free-solo'. Meaning no help. No climbing partner. No equipment. No rope. Where a single small mistake would mean certain death. To most, it would be an insane proposition. But most are not Alex Honnold, and few know this better than Mark Synnott, which is why National Geographic sent him there to cover the story. In The Impossible Climb, Mark Synnott uses his own career as a professional climber, its intersection with that of Alex Honnold and the lead-up to Honnold's historic ascent to paint a insider portrait of the elite climbing community, exploring what motivates them, the paradoxical drive to keep the sport pure and at the same time to fund climbs, and the role that awareness of mortality plays in the endeavour. We watch through Mark's eyes as Alex plots, trains and attempts his heart-stopping free solo ascent. Ultimately this is a story not only about climbing but about what makes us human, how we respond to fear and our drive to transcend the inevitability of death. 'Mark Synnott's The Impossible Climb is to climbing what William Finnegan's Barbarian Days is to surfing.' John Long, pioneer of 'free solo' rock climbing 'Immensely enjoyable . . . What motivated Honnold to free climb El Capitan without a rope? ''Because it's there'' doesn't come close to explaining it. Synnott's The Impossible Climb does.' Andy Hall, author of Denali's Howl

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