We have compiled the best inspirational Alex Honnold quotes on success in this article. Read on.
Alex Honnold is an American professional rock climber best known as a free solo climber. He was the first climber to ascend El Capitain in Yosemite National Park in 2017.
The 35-year-old is a versatile and experienced climber which makes him one of the best climbers globally. He will be among those competing in the Tokyo Summer Olympics rock climbing events
Honnold’s rock climbing skills have seen him engage in multiple climbing disciplines but majorly participates in bouldering, free solo climbing, and big wall climbing.
He has a foundation named The Honnold Foundation.
Inspirational Alex Honnold Quotes On Success
While deriving motivation from other climbers who have successfully climbed an incredibly difficult or more challenging route can be compelling. One significant motivation source for most rock climbing beginners is Alex Honnold quotes.
See some of the best Alex Honnold quotes that can motivate you to continue climbing, despite the challenges.
There are certainly better technical climbers than me. But if I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one – the ability to keep it together where others might freak out.Alex Honnold
Each day, there is a chance you might die. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Every living being on Earth is facing that same existential rift.Alex Honnold
No matter the risks we take, we always consider the end to be too soon, even though in life, more than anything else, quality should be more important than quantity.Alex Honnold
I’ve done a lot of thinking about fear. For me the crucial question is not how to climb without fear – that’s impossible – but how to deal with it when it creeps into your nerve endings.Alex Honnold
For me, it’s all about performance. Nothing good happens in the world by being happy and cozy. Nobody achieves anything great because they’re happy and cozy.Alex Honnold
I’m very anti-religion. I think it’s all just medieval superstition. Religion relies on some desire for a spiritual connection and I do get that from just being out in Yosemite. I get that feeling of grandeur and awe in the world sitting on a cliff at sunset, watching the mountains glow pink, that a lot of people get through religious faith.Alex Honnold
I’ve certainly thought about my mortality more than most. I think some people turn to faith as a crutch, to avoid thinking about mortality – you know, “Well, I’ll carry on forever in some eternal kingdom.” But the harder thing is to stare into the abyss and understand that when it’s over, it’s over.Alex Honnold
I’ve walked away from more climbs than I can count, just because I sensed that things were not quite right.Alex Honnold
Free soloing is almost as old as climbing itself, with roots in the 19th century. Climbers are continuing to push the boundaries. There are certainly better technical climbers than me. But if I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one – the ability to keep it together where others might freak outAlex Honnold
People always ask me about death and fear but that’s kind of missing the point a little bit. If I were thinking about death the whole time I was on the wall, I probably wouldn’t climb. It just wouldn’t seem that fun.Alex Honnold
You will always feel fear, but over time you will realize the only way to truly manage your fear is to broaden your comfort zone.Alex Honnold
Anytime you finish a climb, there’s always the next thing you can try.Alex Honnold
I have a journal of everything I’ve ever climbed since 2005. For the entry about free soloing Half Dome, I put a frowny face and added some little notes about what I should have done better, and then underlined it. Turns out that is one of my biggest climbing achievements.Alex Honnold
I’m not thinking about anything when I’m climbing, which is part of the appeal. I’m focused on executing what’s in front of me.Alex Honnold
So many people condemn me for risk-taking, but I find it sort of hypocritical because everybody takes risks. Even the absence of activity could be viewed as a risk. If you sit on the sofa for your entire life, you’re running a higher risk of getting heart disease and cancer.Alex Honnold
I love my climbing shoes. Virtually all of my big solos have been in the TC Pros. They are the most important thing when I’m soloing.Alex Honnold
At the crux of Half Dome, at the very top of the wall, imagine, like, a smooth wall of rock – a nearly vertical granite slap with tiny ripples for your hands and feet. And so you’re really trusting the rubber on your shoes to stick to these ripplesAlex Honnold
Filming typically takes a bit away from the climbing experience, since you have to stop all the time and shoot.Alex Honnold
I think it’s great that so many people are enjoying climbing. I’ve always loved climbing; I don’t see why other people wouldn’t enjoy it just as much. As long as everyone does their best to respect the areas in which they’re climbing, I don’t see how the growth of the sport could be a bad thing.Alex Honnold
Climbing moves are all about feeling it, and that is something I’ve spent my whole life doing.Alex Honnold
It’s really important to be fully prepared for the full spectrum of potential experience. It is important to visualize that stuff out and to know that in some places if you fall, you are for sure going to die, and in other places, you could stick to the ledge. Nothing should surprise you on the way up. You don’t want to climb halfway up and suddenly think, whoa, it never occurred to me that I would die if I fell here.Alex Honnold
This is your path and you will pursue it with excellence. You face your fear because your goal demands it, that is the goddamn warrior spirit. You give something 100 percent focus because your life depends on it.Alex Honnold
I suppose being a bit of an antisocial weirdo definitely honed my skills as a soloist. It gave me a lot more opportunities to solo lots of easy routes, which in turn broadened my comfort zone quite a bit and has allowed me to climb the harder things without a rope that I’ve done now.Alex Honnold
The diet for climbing all the time isn’t really different from the diet for living. It’s not like cardio sports where you’re burning a bajillion calories every day.Alex Honnold
I generally don’t climb something if it makes me feel fear. The beauty of soloing is that there’s no pressure – no one’s telling me to do it. So if something seems scary, I don’t have any obligation to do it. I can prepare further or just walk away entirely.Alex Honnold
I’ve never really understood the criticism that climbing is inherently selfish since it could equally be argued about virtually any other hobby or sport. Is gardening selfish?Alex Honnold
I often joke that I’ve just become a professional schmoozer. Like, nobody cares how well I can rock climb anymore. It just has to do with how well I can schmooze.Alex Honnold
Big climbs energize me. It’s all the other aspects of being a pro-climber that wear me down. The travel and expeditions and training can become pretty tiring. But the actual big climbs – that’s what I live forAlex Honnold
I’ve done routes where I’ve climbed 200 feet off the ground and just been, like, ‘What am I doing?’ I then just climbed back down and went home. Discretion is the better part of valor. Some days are just not your day. That’s the big thing with free soloing: when to call it.Alex Honnold
There’s a constant tension in climbing, and really all exploration, between pushing yourself into the unknown but trying not to push too far. The best any of us can do is tread that line carefully.Alex Honnold
‘Dirtbag’ is just the term we use, like a ‘gnarly dude’ in surfing. Within the climbing culture, it means being a committed lifer: someone who has embraced a minimalist ethic in order to rock climb. It basically means you’re a homeless person by choice.Alex Honnold
Yosemite has the most impressive and accessible granite big walls in the world. The rock is amazing. And because of that, it’s been the mecca for climbing in the U.S. – and the world to a large degree – for all of climbing history. It’s the place to test yourself against the historic routes of the past.Alex Honnold
There is no adrenaline rush. If I get an adrenaline rush, something’s gone wrong. The whole thing should be slow and controlled. I mean…it’s mellow!Alex Honnold
I feel that a lot of human spirituality stems from the belief that we are unique and special in the universe, but maybe we are just what happens when there are a proper temperature and proper distance from the right type of star.Alex Honnold
I was 19 when my father died from a heart attack. He was a 55-year-old college professor and had led what was by all appearances a risk-free life. But he was overweight, and heart disease runs in our family.Alex Honnold
I live out of my van, which gives me a first-hand appreciation for power and lighting. A few years ago, I rebuilt the interior of my van to include solar panels and a battery that powers LEDs for lighting and allows me to charge my phone and laptop.Alex Honnold
I try to expand my comfort zone by practicing the moves over and over again. I work through the fear until it’s just not scary anymore.Alex Honnold
There’s a certain joy in swinging around, propelling yourself upward… the fluidity of movement.Alex Honnold
My Mom’s favorite sayings are, Presque ne compte pas, Almost doesn’t count, or, uh, Good enough isn’t. No matter how well I ever do at anything, it’s not that good. The bottomless pit of self-loathing. I mean, that’s definitely the motivation for some soloing.Alex Honnold
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