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A very interesting book on the world of climbing, with a focus on Alex Honnold and his successful free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite Some reviewers have knocked the book for not focusing entirely on the free solo attempt, but I liked that it included other climbing stories and information I learned a lot and enjoyed the book, even though I m not a climber of any kind The book is well written and Mark Synnott did a great job telling the story and immersing the reader into the climbing culture A very interesting book on the world of climbing, with a focus on Alex Honnold and his successful free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite Some reviewers have knocked the book for not focusing entirely on the free solo attempt, but I liked that it included other climbing stories and information I learned a lot and enjoyed the book, even though I m not a climber of any kind The book is well written and Mark Synnott did a great job telling the story and immersing the reader into the climbing culture I look forward to his next book Very inspirational insight into Honnold s outlook on climbing and life in general I enjoyed reading about a subject that I previously knew nothing about and really had little interest in At times I got a little tired of all the technical talk about climbing but overall enjoyed learning about the history of climbing a many of the major players in the climbing world #READ EBOOK Á The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life ⚩ The climbing community had long considered a free solo ascent of El Capitan an impossible feat so far beyond human limits that it was not worth thinking about When Alex Honnold topped out at am on June having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp His friend Tommy Caldwell, who free climbed with a rope the nearby Dawn Wall in , called Alex s ascent the moon landing of free soloing TheNew York Times described it as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever It was almost unbearable to watch, writes SynnottThis majestic work of personal history delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear Synnott paints an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history, profiling Yosemite heroes John Bachar, Peter Croft, Dean Potter, and the harlequin tribe of climbers known as the Stonemasters A veteran of the North Face climbing team and contributor to National Geographic, Synnott weaves in his own amateur and professional experiences with poignant insight and wit Tensions burst on the mile high northwest face of Pakistan s Great Trango Tower photographer climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an intransigent official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert The Impossible Climb is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect, dialed in dance with nature They dare beyond the ordinary, but this story of the sublime is really about all of us Who doesn t need to face down fear and make the most of the time we have A look at events leading up to Alex Honnold s free solo of El Capitan, described by the New York Times as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever Big wall climber and alpinist Mark Synnott, a self described old silverback to his young alpha climbing friend of ten years, has enriched this story immeasurably by expanding the scope of the book beyond Honnold to include climbing history, personal memoir, and a cast of colorful characters that includes Alex Lowe, Jimmy Chin, Warren Hardi A look at events leading up to Alex Honnold s free solo of El Capitan, described by the New York Times as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever Big wall climber and alpinist Mark Synnott, a self described old silverback to his young alpha climbing friend of ten years, has enriched this story immeasurably by expanding the scope of the book beyond Honnold to include climbing history, personal memoir, and a cast of colorful characters that includes Alex Lowe, Jimmy Chin, Warren Harding, John Bachar and Dean Potter, as well as stories of climbs and expeditions around the world If all you care about is Honnold, climbing s It boy of the moment, then just go read the expanded edition of Alone on the Wall and watch Free Solo over and over Those with a deeper curiosity should love this book, even though it s sure to inspire arguments and discussion among the climbing tribe I listened to most of this book on audio while training on a campus board, so it was extra fun and motivating to learn about some of the most epic climbs attempted to date A central event of the book is Alex Honnold s free solo of El Capitan, but Synnott includes many of climbing s most central personalities and their respective adventures Whenever I read a book or see a movie centered around climbing culture, I get the feeling that even if I wasn t obsessed with the sport, the characters are I listened to most of this book on audio while training on a campus board, so it was extra fun and motivating to learn about some of the most epic climbs attempted to date A central event of the book is Alex Honnold s free solo of El Capitan, but Synnott includes many of climbing s most central personalities and their respective adventures Whenever I read a book or see a movie centered around climbing culture, I get the feeling that even if I wasn t obsessed with the sport, the characters are so charismatic and funny that I d love these books movies anyway This book is fine, a fairly interesting read, but there are simply better alternatives available that keep me from recommending it Synnott seems torn between writing a memoir of his own adventures in climbing in kind of a self deprecating way , and writing this free solo of El Cap centered story The two don t really mesh together all that well So if you re interested in learning about Mark Synnott, this might be a good choice, but if you re interested in rock climbing culture, and specifically Honnold s free solo of El Cap, just watch Free Solo The film does an outstanding job detailing not only the climb, but also Honnold s character One of the selling points of this book is that Synnott has known Honnold as a friend for a few years, so he knows him pretty well, but Honnold isn t exactly elusive, he s written an autobiography and speaks extensively about his motivations in the movie Free Solo In short, fine book for a climber obsessed with climbing culture, but I d recommend watching all the Sender Films movies instead Reel Rock series, Valley Uprising, Free Solo, etc Great book outlining the history of climbing, the importance of Yosemite, characters of the climbing world, and the moon landing of free solos Wow just finished this I picked this up after watching Free Solo and was thinking this would beof a behind the scenes look This book was not that This is really just the author s story of his experiences and trips with Alex Honnold and a lot of the author s climbing stories too I did really enjoy the section on the bloody history of Yoesmite I found a good part of this book to be really long and feeling like a collection of news articles stitched together which if you read the Au Wow just finished this I picked this up after watching Free Solo and was thinking this would beof a behind the scenes look This book was not that This is really just the author s story of his experiences and trips with Alex Honnold and a lot of the author s climbing stories too I did really enjoy the section on the bloody history of Yoesmite I found a good part of this book to be really long and feeling like a collection of news articles stitched together which if you read the Author s Note at the end that is exactly what this book is, he took articles verbatim and put them into this book.So in the end, this book is really long, wanders around on topics and probably needed to be edited down 100 pages I am glad I finished it though The Impossible Climb, isn t just about men or women climbing a mountain, no this is about El Capitan, a sheer rock formation 3,000 feet from base to summit, many have tried to climb and have succeeded but over 30 fatalities have been recorded It has a sheer glacial rock face which makes it hard to climb Alex Honnold , in 1917 not only climbed El Catitan, but he did it with no equipment, and in just under four hours he reached the summit It was filmed for National Geographic, and called F The Impossible Climb, isn t just about men or women climbing a mountain, no this is about El Capitan, a sheer rock formation 3,000 feet from base to summit, many have tried to climb and have succeeded but over 30 fatalities have been recorded It has a sheer glacial rock face which makes it hard to climb Alex Honnold , in 1917 not only climbed El Catitan, but he did it with no equipment, and in just under four hours he reached the summit It was filmed for National Geographic, and called FREE SOLO, The Impossible Climb not only tells his story, but that of other climbers, it s amazing read I enjoy reading books on mountaineering and climbing even though I would never be able to do the incredible things these athletes do Therefore, I was very interested in this story how could someone climb that part of Yosemite without the aid of roles and other equipment As far as THAT went, this book delivered on that promise However, the journey to get there was tedious There were a LOT of stories that wereabout the author and his climbing career instead of Alex, although when Alex I enjoy reading books on mountaineering and climbing even though I would never be able to do the incredible things these athletes do Therefore, I was very interested in this story how could someone climb that part of Yosemite without the aid of roles and other equipment As far as THAT went, this book delivered on that promise However, the journey to get there was tedious There were a LOT of stories that wereabout the author and his climbing career instead of Alex, although when Alex was the subject, it was entertaining Also, most books I have read on the sport are written in language not too technical so readers who are not climbers can understand better That wasn t the case with this book as I was frequently flipping back to remember what what being discussed or what certain terms meant.ISince I did finish the book and the story is gripping, I give this book a.passing grade.of three stars, but would recommend only readers who are climbers or have an advanced knowledge of the sport read it I obtained this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite The granite monolith is about 914m high and is a legendary mountain for rock climbers It took 47 days to climb it the first time, and it was considered amongst the community of climbers that a free solo attempt would be so far beyond human limits and endurance that it was virtually impossible.Climbing with a rope is pretty dangerous stuff, but climbing without is borderline insane in my opinion People have been doing El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite The granite monolith is about 914m high and is a legendary mountain for rock climbers It took 47 days to climb it the first time, and it was considered amongst the community of climbers that a free solo attempt would be so far beyond human limits and endurance that it was virtually impossible.Climbing with a rope is pretty dangerous stuff, but climbing without is borderline insane in my opinion People have been doing it for a while though, and Synnott s book takes us back to the origins of free climbing with Royal Robbins and Warren Harding as well as potted histories of the men known as the Stonemasters who made the Yosemite peaks their own But this book is primarily about the rise and rise of Alex Honnold, who took the discipline of free solo climbing to another level literally.In June 2017, Honnold surpassed himself, by ascending El Cap without a rope in under four hours.This achievement was seen as staggering across the climbing community and brought numerous accolades for this For those watching, it was a constant heart in mouth moment though.In lots of ways I liked this book, Synnott is a climbing insider and knows all the people that were involved in this as well as being steeped in the history of climbing in that part of the USA He writes well too The very end of the book is incredibly fast paced as describes the climb and the emotions going through all of those watching him ascend However, I felt it was a little too stretched out as it took a long time to get to that point Not a bad book overall 3.5 stars