The Audacity of the World's Most Daring Climber

Inside Alex Honnold’s Free Solo of El Capitan

June 16, 2017
Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold

Tommy Caldwell (Penguin Randomhouse)

Alex Honnold stunned the world by climbing the 3,000-foot El Capitan without a rope. So why take such a chance? Honnold disputes the notion that it’s “incredibly risky,” but his buddy — and fellow top climber — Tommy Caldwell says it’s like watching his friend play Russian roulette.