Alex Honnold: A Soul Freed

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On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to climb the 3,000-vertical-foot granite face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, alone, without ropes, a feat that was chronicled in the Academy Award-winning documentary, Free Solo. In his New York Times op-ed column, Bret Stephens wrote that with that act, “Honnold gave an extraordinary gift to everyone who believes that the limit of human achievement is far from being reached.” The climber and journalist explore questions like: How do you manage fear? What's the line between daring and recklessness? What should we sacrifice in the pursuit of excellence? And what is the connection between freedom and happiness?


  1. No Bytes
    No Bytes
    Acum 2 Zile

    Whoever this dude is he needs to learn how to interview people ffs interrupted like 1000 times, asks one question followed by another one, then another one and all got interrupted.

  2. Richard Mao
    Richard Mao
    Acum 3 Zile

    The Best interview with Alex

  3. Marshet Girma
    Marshet Girma
    Acum 3 Zile

    The interviewer keeps interrupting.....

  4. Marshet Girma
    Marshet Girma
    Acum 3 Zile

    So real..

  5. Garbage Ilearsi
    Garbage Ilearsi
    Acum 4 Zile

    "do you LIKE friends?" "Nah, you know..." ROFL

  6. Petr Flosman
    Petr Flosman
    Acum 5 Zile

    omg just let him talk and finish what he wants to say

  7. MeanGeneSanDiego
    Acum 6 Zile

    Alex; "Raise your hands if you SKI...because that's WAY more dangerous."👍🤣

  8. E P
    E P
    Acum 7 Zile

    Alex is a inspiration with his examples of overcoming fear and his application of deep mind focus

  9. dfarmer1584
    Acum 8 Zile

    Holy crap. The interviewer kept breaking in with tangential questions. Ffs! I was like, "Dude! Shut up and let Alex finish!" I am interested in hearing ALEX, not the random, unknown dude asking questions. Good talk though. Thank you Alex and Aspen.

  10. Harald Löffler
    Harald Löffler
    Acum 19 Zile

    For someone to have grown up as a very shy boy he sure has transformed into an incredible entertainer. Serious and funny :-)

  11. Harold Lawson
    Harold Lawson
    Acum 28 Zile

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  12. A Howard
    A Howard
    Acum lună

    The complete lack of arrogance in someone who is probably one of the very few that I would completely say they have earned the right to be so makes Alex a person I am in awe of. What a genuinely nice guy I could listen to for hours. It feels like he shares his confidence with you and makes you feel like if he can do what he has then surely I can do whatever I set my mind to (albeit on a much smaller scale!).

  13. Atanas Iankov
    Atanas Iankov
    Acum lună

    Q: Why did you free solo a 2,000ft wall? A: I didn't own that much rope.

  14. Adams Brew
    Adams Brew
    Acum lună

    He’s a good example of how not all sociopaths are bad people. I think he genuinely cares about people in his own way. Doesn’t seem the type to manipulate or use people in a devious way. It doesn’t seem like he has emotional connections like most people; love doesn’t come naturally and emotional connections run somewhat shallow. Just the vibe I get from him. He’s like a real life Spock.

  15. Justin Lemieux
    Justin Lemieux
    Acum lună

    I really like alex. He is super reasonable and logical, he takes his time to articulate his answers and he is totally honest with himself. What a cool guy, what an amazing career he has had. One of the most remarkable athletes ever.

  16. interzone2010
    Acum lună

    Interesting the way he occasionally scans the audience

  17. Humboldt Harry
    Humboldt Harry
    Acum lună

    24:23 This is the kind of interviewer I can’t stand. Not looking at him, half listening going over his own preplanned question/statements 🙄

  18. Abhishek Kumar
    Abhishek Kumar
    Acum lună

    Alex, why are you afraid in revealing the true self about you. As you are using too much of I don't know. You are one of the enlightened person living on this earth, I definitely know about it.

  19. Frank McLain
    Frank McLain
    Acum lună

    Interviewer is a tool

  20. Gordon Freeman
    Gordon Freeman
    Acum lună


  21. Gordon Freeman
    Gordon Freeman
    Acum lună

    Good questions form the interviewer.

  22. brett mcintyre
    brett mcintyre
    Acum lună

    49:31 he’s so happy that it’s not a question about soloing

  23. Imagine
    Acum lună

    Good guy bad Organisation

  24. Harsha Suranjith Amarasiri
    Harsha Suranjith Amarasiri
    Acum 2 luni

    I just like how original he is :)

  25. The Last Archer
    The Last Archer
    Acum 2 luni

    If you watch this and you climb or want to climb,let me give you all a peice of advice. Never ever EVER! Climb a piece of rock or ice you've never been on without a rope. All those 40 pros who died lost their grip or accidentally got off their path. Life is precious. Remember that.

  26. Alan luscombe8a
    Alan luscombe8a
    Acum 2 luni

    My car broke down and i had a 7 mile walk home and i listened to this and it made the walk not bad lol

  27. God Speed
    God Speed
    Acum 2 luni

    It's a miracle this guy is even alive, never mind in one piece. Wow!!! ✌️

  28. Per Wahlgren
    Per Wahlgren
    Acum 2 luni

    Great mood, truly a fun watch.

  29. Brian Dickens
    Brian Dickens
    Acum 3 luni

    "Anything you wanna say before we go?" "Death is coming". "Okay thanks Alex."

  30. nalle karhu
    nalle karhu
    Acum 3 luni

    Not gay, but Alex is a beautiful, amazing person, he is awesome, and I haven't even mentioned his climbing accomplishments, .

    1. Kurt Gopaulsingh
      Kurt Gopaulsingh
      Acum 2 luni

      @God Speed Sorry for your loss, even though it's been so long, I understand how those memories never fade. My father died when I was 10, and to this day, anyone who reminds me of him always brings me joy. If we were at a bar, I'd say cheers, and raise a glass! To adventure, a humble nature, and overcoming adversity!

    2. God Speed
      God Speed
      Acum 2 luni

      Not gay either, but I would feel blessed if he was my friend. He is so humble, cool and down to earth. Stunning human being. Reminds me of my brother who died at 26 free solo climbing when I was 12. I miss him so much. Always will and I'm 49 now :(

    3. Kurt Gopaulsingh
      Kurt Gopaulsingh
      Acum 3 luni


  31. Pol Ayt
    Pol Ayt
    Acum 3 luni

    He is special!

  32. dtdyvr
    Acum 3 luni

    interviewer interrupts too often - he should let Alex speak until he's finished.

  33. Andrew Marshall
    Andrew Marshall
    Acum 3 luni

    The domineering gander unfortunatly tap because cord operationally offend abaft a bumpy action. frantic, workable waitress

  34. Lyle Murphy
    Lyle Murphy
    Acum 3 luni

    That's the best way to say it. Pulp fictions' ketchup.

  35. Killroy
    Acum 3 luni

    2020 Olympics? I must have missed it? ;)

  36. LukeCal Climbs
    LukeCal Climbs
    Acum 4 luni

    Free solo 2 would be so sick! Just a full metal tour around the world soloing the sickest shit; masters of stone style!

  37. Luis Antonio Gálvez Heras
    Luis Antonio Gálvez Heras
    Acum 4 luni

    Matty?? was taht Matt Seagall??

  38. swclar99
    Acum 4 luni

    Even though he has some flaws, he is a very amazing human.

  39. X Marks
    X Marks
    Acum 4 luni

    This guy is one of the most stoic person.

  40. William Surles
    William Surles
    Acum 4 luni

    Alex is the biggest bad ass, but also like the most humble and least attached to his image of any great climber. Makes him a great ambassador for the sport. I don't know that any other major free soloist could do it like him.

  41. Just Saying
    Just Saying
    Acum 4 luni

    I hate when they ask people to raise there hands it’s pointless

  42. Normal_ Norm
    Normal_ Norm
    Acum 4 luni

    I still haven't seen how he handled his energy intake during the climb? Didn't see him eat or drink once, which is a wowza to me. Makes it even more incredible. Well, well. my question answered at the 56 min mark !!

  43. danullb
    Acum 5 luni

    I've listened to tons of Alex Honnold interviews. This one tho, so far, is the very best I've heard. Great vibe here....

  44. Bonesofinsanity
    Acum 5 luni

    God, please live to be an old man Alex ffs.

    1. God Speed
      God Speed
      Acum 2 luni

      Yes sir ✌️

  45. K
    Acum 5 luni

    The way Alex starts smiling at 49:33 from hearing a new question is heart warming

  46. Bo McGillacutty
    Bo McGillacutty
    Acum 5 luni

    I wonder what sort of loser votes a vid like this down. Must be a misreble individual, no?

  47. Folke Olofsson
    Folke Olofsson
    Acum 5 luni

    A completely irresponsible idiot risking not only his own life but deluding countless impressionable conformist youngsters with false platitudes about 'controlling' risk etc. Media or anyone glorifying this madness is as much to blame. Do something genuinely important with your lives instead of condoning this pathetic Darwin-award nonsense...

  48. Danny Lee
    Danny Lee
    Acum 6 luni


  49. Zak Smith
    Zak Smith
    Acum 6 luni

    The interviewer is boring. He took all of the time.

  50. Arlen Margolin
    Arlen Margolin
    Acum 6 luni

    I wonder if he ever would even consider climbing Everest it almost seems like almost something that he probably is beyond capable of doing so I mean it almost is more of an endurance run than a real climbing thing and these days it almost seems more like just a thing you do if you have money and enough Sherpas to carry your wine and cheese

  51. Arlen Margolin
    Arlen Margolin
    Acum 6 luni

    I wonder if one day climbers will evolve in the very far future to climbing El Cap in midwinter or doing it with no shoes or climbing it naked I wonder what will be the next threshold I mean how do you one up yourself after that?

  52. Arlen Margolin
    Arlen Margolin
    Acum 6 luni

    If I ever considered free climbing that mountain I would for sure have me some emergency equipment in my pack in case I pulled a muscle or got stuck and let me tell you getting stuck on the mountain is the worst thing that can happen

  53. Marc Anthony
    Marc Anthony
    Acum 6 luni

    Worst interviewer ever. He likes to hear the sound of his own voice, how did he end up in Reporting!? 8:00 he interrupts an incredible story to ask a random question about the importance of speed, which could have waited until the end. Just brutal, a how to guide of what not to do when you have someone speaking in an interview.

  54. Clem Kaddilehopper
    Clem Kaddilehopper
    Acum 6 luni

    Alex is a great climber who I respect. But a left wing whacko!!

  55. Nick Davis
    Nick Davis
    Acum 6 luni


  56. Coyote
    Acum 7 luni

    The microphone has no idea what grave, mortal safety it's in

  57. Diane Allen West
    Diane Allen West
    Acum 7 luni

    There is no disrespect to your style. Free Solo is braver, psychologically tougher and displays far more mastery of self and talent. The interviewer has far too many negative questions as though he were trying to find ways to criticise or cut away at your superior abilities.

    1. danullb
      Acum 5 luni

      Maybe so... though to be fair, I've seen that dynamic with other of Honnold's interviewers or with fellow panel-guests. (Karmita on Nobel video comes to mind). Most people fear heights A LOT (tho few admit it)... hence, all the "sweaty palms" comments on climbing vids. I think at least some of what we see with this guy and other interviewers is the product of the _discomfort_ Alex' feats stir up in others. Most of us do not have a category to place cliff climbing into. It's hard to relate to even by analogy. Imo, these perceived "criticisms" are often people's brains attempting to make sense of & categorize what Honnold does. (The brain does this to relieve said _discomfort.)_ Or maybe the interviewer figures everyone gushes over Alex and was trying to not be that guy (for Alex' sake). M Or..... maybe you're right. Maybe, sitting next to Alex, the interviewer felt like a 'beta' and what we see was defense mechanism. I have no idea. I'm just bored and felt like typing. Thanks for reading :]

  58. Michael Palumbo
    Michael Palumbo
    Acum 7 luni

    He’s just a real swell guy

  59. Sacred Seven
    Sacred Seven
    Acum 7 luni

    I think alex honnold and Dave Byrd (lil dicky) would be a dynamic duo in comedy

  60. Aboukir Man
    Aboukir Man
    Acum 7 luni

    Great interview!!!

  61. Alan Helton
    Alan Helton
    Acum 7 luni

    You sir are a climbing comedian! You are a true treasure.

  62. PoYo LoKo
    PoYo LoKo
    Acum 8 luni

    Hes like a awesome alien 👽 or robot

  63. Jim R
    Jim R
    Acum 8 luni

    Alex Honnold is a guy who climbed many people do, all their lives. If hes humble its because he sees the truth inthat there is nothing special about doing what you have trained to do all your life. I watched what he does. I have seen bodies flying down mountain inclines ...dead and flopping like ragdolls. Climbing is a super high risk venture that can take your life in an looking back, once you fall, in wrong setup, you have only your final thought for a second or two. Our marveling at this is absurd. If you need a knifes edge life and death adventure, become a police officer and get your thrill while truly helping others and yourself. There are many muchmore satisfying ways to take high adrenalin risks while helping others.....rather than just getting to the top if one saved or helped and the only thing left to say is " whats for lunch?"

  64. Gabrielle Angel Lilly
    Gabrielle Angel Lilly
    Acum 8 luni

    "I'll cut you off if you start bloviating." lol Good talk. Thanks!

  65. James Wang
    James Wang
    Acum 8 luni

    Honest and still like a mountain

  66. Iain Rae
    Iain Rae
    Acum 8 luni

    Brilliant guy and an inspirational speaker.

  67. Trilly Locke
    Trilly Locke
    Acum 9 luni

    Alex is a pure delight. Period.

  68. Hugo Schmitt
    Hugo Schmitt
    Acum 9 luni

    Don't want to sound rude (awesome vdo btw) but there are a lot more than 20 people in the world physically able to do the route without falling...

    1. Tyler
      Acum 19 Zile

      When he said physically able, he was encompassing people who actually have the experience of free climbing el cap. You can be in amazing physical shape and be a great climber, but it doesn't mean you can simply free climb all the routes on el cap without a solid amount of time invested. To even consider climbing el cap free solo, you should be extremely capable at free climbing it without error, which takes a LOT of time invested specifically on el cap. There are like 40-50 people at most who have free climbed el cap when including the easier routes and out of those some aren't around anymore and some are no longer physically capable of it. So, his number isn't likely THAT far off. The main point of what he was saying is that the difference when free soloing for the people who do have the physical capability and experience free climbing it is mostly mental.

  69. JBulsara A
    JBulsara A
    Acum 9 luni

    what a humble guy... :-D

  70. muthukumaranl
    Acum 9 luni

    Live intentionally, choosing the things that you care about, working hard towards them and putting in the effort required, basically working on the things you care about and doing them. - Alex Honnold

  71. muthukumaranl
    Acum 9 luni

    One of the tricks i see him employ for keeping it grounded is to not let any praise get absorbed...u can see it in 37:34 to 37:40..he just mentally almost dodges praise like dodging bullets in the matrix..:-)

  72. muthukumaranl
    Acum 9 luni

    In Hinduism there is a term for people like him, Karma Yogi...while he may not look like one & arguably not technically be a karma yogi, he is pretty close & in my book he is.

  73. PJmusica
    Acum 10 luni

    What a cool dude. Super legit and inspirational.

  74. Ian Alan Neil Grant
    Ian Alan Neil Grant
    Acum 10 luni

    This laughter sounds canned!

    1. Ian Alan Neil Grant
      Ian Alan Neil Grant
      Acum 9 luni

      @Pete is never wrong I can quite believe that. My fucking father made it up! Thought he was clever. 😂

    2. Ian Alan Neil Grant
      Ian Alan Neil Grant
      Acum 10 luni

      The comments here seem faked too.

  75. TWSTF 8
    TWSTF 8
    Acum 10 luni

    His honesty is what makes him so endearing. I keep finding myself stuck in Alex Honnold ROfree video rabbit holes lol chores be DAMNED. 😇👍 Edit; (Oh, and DRINK 🍷🍹🍺🥂🥃 every time Alex says, "But, ummmm... ")

      Acum 5 luni

      So true, seems such an unassuming guy, which is totally at odds with his utter genius/talent/bravery. So good to see he’s true to himself and isn’t drowning in the ‘fame’.

  76. JSBPisgah
    Acum 11 luni

    Alex seems like a great guy, but his accomplishment seems like a motorcycle racer who thinks he's cool because he didn't wear a helmet.

    1. danullb
      Acum 5 luni

      interesting. Only... the technique / mechanics of climbing are actually different gear vs no gear. The ropes provide climbers 'safety,' yes, but ropes also provide them other benefits. Whereas when you ride helmet-free, this doesn't change the mechanics of the motorcycle riding. To place free soloing a 3,000 ft cliff into a sort of 'dare devil' category is overly-simplistic. To put it mildly.

  77. jhors
    Acum 11 luni

    Alex is so interesting, engaging, humble, honest, self-efffacing, and intelligent. He is one of my favorite athletes. Bret does a very nice job of asking questions. One question I would love to know the answer to for free solo... What if while up on a big wall, one of your shoes fails? (if the rubber detaches from the sole) Or if you pull a ligament in one of your arms or legs? , or what happens if you are in a section of wall that has ZERO holds to advance? Or say the outcrop you had rehearsed on before no longer exists? (cracked off by another climber for example, or now, super slippery with bird droppings). You seem to conquer fear and mitigate risk by extensive preparation, however it seems there are low probability events that could leave you stranded 2,000 feet up...

  78. paul1x1
    Acum 11 luni

    I climbed a 200 foot wall in waterton park on the USA Canada border never again this was a warm up for real rock climbers I froze halfway up I have never been that afraid in my life I have heli skied hunted driven very fast but that feeling on that wall of feeling like I was falling back I was roped up I was safe and yet I was paralyzed never again

  79. Juan Carlos Ariza rueda
    Juan Carlos Ariza rueda
    Acum 11 luni

    I think you are goding this human being.. So, expecting not bad came in desastre.

  80. Colin Dante
    Colin Dante
    Acum 11 luni

    Thankyou for uploading this. It's always such a pleasure to hear Alex. )))

  81. Hugo Goerner
    Hugo Goerner
    Acum 11 luni

    Alex is the Ghandi of climbing. Spiritually Zen...and confidence that comes with repetition. As HE said..Complete confidence in the Completion of the Climb. No aftr Fore-thought..Just Do it..because IT CAN BE DONE. Mastry of the skill. Total ZEN..One with the Mountain and One with the climb.

  82. Valerie Kopcewicz
    Valerie Kopcewicz
    Acum 11 luni

    OK guy...I mean Alex....I am skydiver and BASE jumper,for over 30 years,just enjoying jumping from planes,bridges,buildings,mountains having my gear on my back,this guy doesn't have anything,no plan B,no supportive/emergency gear,only hands,shoes and some powder/whatever it is in a small respect !!!.......P.S....however now is turning into "celebrity",don't know,have some mixed feelings about was great....anyway,good luck..... Ralph from Detroit 5/18/2020

  83. Mazwell96
    Acum an

    i feel like Alex Honnold and Elon Musk have something similar, just the way they articulate things and kind of remove the raw emotion from tasks and concentrate on what needs to be done. It would be interesting to see them both talk about a subject.

    1. God Speed
      God Speed
      Acum 2 luni

      I don't feel that at all. Alex is a humble minimalist while Elon is a greedy materialistic egotistical wanker. Sorry ://

    2. Kreipe Simona
      Kreipe Simona
      Acum 7 luni

      I had the same thought.

  84. Wisdom
    Acum an

    I love how humble Alex is, and he offers all the info, holding back none. And yet sooooo talented

  85. Skater’s Life
    Skater’s Life
    Acum an

    He needs a business manager desperately.

  86. max gonzalez
    max gonzalez
    Acum an

    This guy is super genuine and likable, his answers are child-like in their honesty.

  87. Sergei Kakoychenko
    Sergei Kakoychenko
    Acum an

    opera really sucks :D

  88. trickey T.V
    trickey T.V
    Acum an

    Alex is a true zen master !!!!

  89. answersquestioned
    Acum an

    Though Honnold to some extent takes pride in his achievements (who wouldn't?), bragging about them seems foreign to him. Nor is he embellishing his stories with any heroism or romanticism for that matter. To relate his expereriences as truthful as possible to his audience makes him a great speaker.

  90. Corona Sports Picks
    Corona Sports Picks
    Acum an

    I almost can't watch this. Alex is one of the most interesting guys EVER yet this D-Bag keeps cutting him off. Alex says - "I'm going to ramble here" so why don't you shut your mouth and just listen? I would have LOVED to hear where some of those stores went if Dbag wouldn't have stopped him.

  91. Barry Obams
    Barry Obams
    Acum an

    21:30 Man why you gotta hold the mic like that, it's freakin me out

    1. JUNUHUNU productions
      JUNUHUNU productions
      Acum 7 luni


    2. Vijay Kiran
      Vijay Kiran
      Acum 9 luni

      Rock climber grip

  92. FNH CAT
    Acum an

    Ueli Steck- your fond memories of him????

  93. Viaredza Games
    Viaredza Games
    Acum an

    Can you not intrude on the man when he is tryna spill his thoughts?! What is the matter with you?

  94. evdonkbuster
    Acum an

    And my pansy ass is afraid of coronaviris

  95. Dawid
    Acum an

    @27:52 "all the sequels are always worse, except for the Godfather 2" - Terminator 2, Planet Earth 2 and Paddington 2 has left the chat.

  96. Steve Holstein
    Steve Holstein
    Acum an

    I think Alex might be a little embarrassed about this interview not Free Solo. He might need a little coaching for this kind of situation because I thought he over answered simple questions with annoying rambling. But i don't think is Alex's forte and to his credit he came and did his best.

  97. Bones Rangel
    Bones Rangel
    Acum an

    That intro 😂

  98. Ashish Kumar
    Ashish Kumar
    Acum an

    Good interview .. Alex is outrageously funny !

  99. Malt Engrim
    Malt Engrim
    Acum an

    I relate to the way he looks at the audience

  100. Blood Striper
    Blood Striper
    Acum an

    I like how Alex swivels his head around and eye-fucks the audience, like, "You better be listening...I have better shit to do."