Alex Honnold loves food. He normally devours big walls for breakfast and most of them in the purest way possible — without being clipped in. At the age of 19, Honnold dropped out of his engineering courses at UC Berkeley to devote 100% of his time to rock climbing. By the time most of us heard about him, he had completed more than 1,000 free solo climbs. Now 26, Honnold is one of the world’s pre-eminent big wall free soloists, who also has a bit of a love affair going on with Squamish.
“Squamish is perfect in the summer, the rock is world class,” Says Honnold. “It’s very peaceful, very Canadian.”
He cheekily claims he’s not wise enough to have a philosophy on life, but does say that he wants to go through life by working the least amount as possible. And as a fully-sponsored pro, he’s well on his way there. Honnold spent much of the summer of 2010 in Squamish, living in his white van — the ultimate climber’s abode.
While the Squatemalan granite speaks for itself, Honnold speaks for the thousands of climbers to hit the rock every summer in Squamish.
“Squamish is an amazing destination, it seems like the town really makes an effort to make people feel welcome to climb here,” he says.