The book that tells the vertiginous story of the documentary Free solo, winner of the Oscar and Bafta 2019.
Climbing does not depend on the rope. In this exclusive vision of Mark Synnott on the essence of climbing, the main protagonist is the amazing integral solo – that is, in free, without rope or companion or any protection material – of his friend Alex Honnold in the 900 meters of the vertical granite wall of El Capitan (Yosemite). When Honnold reached the top at 9:28 a.m. on June 3, 2017, after spending less than four hours, his escalation became historic, leaving the entire world amazed. The New York Times described it as “one of the greatest sporting feats ever accomplished.” An account intertwined with Synnott’s personal story, about his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager, with his professional achievements and failures and the dilemmas that ensue, making this book a fascinating and well-documented revelation about living «to stop”. What are we doing but living life to the fullest?
Synnott delves into the rebellious counterculture that emerged decades earlier in Yosemite during its golden age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn upside down. Drawing a scathing and authentic portrait of climbing history, and outlining the heroes of Yosemite and the mocking climbing tribes known as the Stonemasters and Stone Monkeys, Synnott intertwines his own experiences with intensity and wit, as when recounting tensions emerged in the middle of the northwest face of the Great Trango Tower in Pakistan; or when his partner Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an officer in the Borneo jungle to allow them to climb what was Honnold’s first overseas expedition; or as when bandits armed with daggers assaulted them at the foot of a sandstone tower in the Chadian desert.
The impossible climb is an emotional plot starring people who explore the limits of human potential through a “dance” with nature perfectly choreographed. Honnold dared to do something that goes much further. And not only beyond the ordinary, but never done by any climber. But this story of sublime heights is really about all of us. Who does not need to face fear and make the most of the time we have?
Editorial: Ediciones Desnivel
Issue date: 2020
Place of edition: Madrid.
Edition number: 1st
Collection: Literature nº 163
Binding: Paperback with flap
Dimensions: 15 cm x 23 cm
Page No.: 368