Free solo climber Alex Honnold in Vail on Thursday
Ryan Summerlin January 13, 2013
The Vail Symposium’s 2013 Wells Fargo Unlimited Adventure series kicks off Thursday at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail with “No Strings Attached,” a presentation by professional free solo rock climber Alex Honnold.
“Unlimited Adventure is an exhilarating showcase of intrepid explorers, daring investigators and athletes who ignore the boundaries of geography and endurance, and Alex Honnold certainly fits within that description,” said symposium executive director Liana Moore. “We are very excited to be able to host Alex here in Vail, and to continue this series with athletes who are the best in their field.”
Known for his ropeless ascents of enormous rock walls, Honnold will speak about his adventures as a big-wall free solo climber. He has broken a number of speed records, and was awarded the Golden Piton in 2010 for his climbing achievements. He was featured in National Geographic as one of their 2011 Adventurers of the Year and in a “60 Minutes” segment in which he free-soloed the face of Sentinel in Yosemite while the cameras rolled. He was recently nominated for the EpicTV 2012 Adventurer of the Year award.
Honnold’s most notable climbs include the only known solo of the Yosemite Triple Crown, an 18-hour, 50-minute link-up of Mount Watkins, The Nose (El Capitan), and The Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. Between climbs, he runs or hikes to maintain fitness. Honnold lives out of his van, spending less than a thousand dollars per month, enabling him to follow the weather and climb all the time.
The presentation starts at 6 p.m. following a reception at 5:30. Tickets are pay-at-will with a suggested donation of $10. Reservations are recommended and can be made at www.vailsymposium.org. Visit the symposium’s website or call (970) 476-0954 for more information.