Net Worth: $2'000'000
Alex Honnold is an American professional rock climber who has a net worth of $2’000’000. He is best known for being the only person to successfully climb solo El Capitan and is often regarded as one of the best rock climbers in the world. Alex Honnold was born on August 17, 1985, in Sacramento, California. Both parents were lecturers in community colleges. He is of German ancestry on his father’s side and of Polish on his mother’s side of the family. He started rock climbing at the age of five and showed his commitment to the sport when He started going to the gym regularly. Furthermore, he competed in various climbing competitions as a teenager and often won. Furthermore, he went to Mira Coma High School and, after graduating in 2003, enrolled at the University of California Berkley for civil engineering studies. His first year of college was a challenge. Instead of living in dormitories, he rented a room from a family friend, which led to not making many friends. During his freshman year, his parents also went through a divorce, and his grandmother died. He often skipped classes, and after taking a semester off to train for the National Climbing Championships in Scotland, he did not return to college. After leaving school, he spent time in his mother’s minivan traveling and climbing around California. He used a bicycle for transportation when the minivan broke down and had a tent there. He has stated that He lived off of less than $1’000 a month from the year 2004 to 2009. Climbing Career Although he had been Climbing in competitions for most of his life, he remained relatively unknown even in the Climbing community until around 2007 and was no longer known. In that year, he soloed the Stromal and Rostrum of Yosemite Valley In a single day – a feat only matched by climber Peter Croft In 1987. After this achievement, he gained greater recognition in the climbing community. The next year he free-soled a 1200-foot finger crack that splits Zion’s Moonlight Buttress, and when this achievement was reported, many thought it was a joke due to The incredible challenge of The climb as well as The timing. Later in 2008, Honnold free soloed the 2’000-foot tall Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in Yosemite, and in 2012, he went on to set a new record for fastest ascent at one hour and twenty-two minutes. He had achieved a degree of fame in the climbing community By 2009 and a three-year contract, but he remained relatively unknown to the public at large. In 2010, he received the Golden Piton Award for rock climbing endurance. He was known as one of the most skilled free solo rock climbers In the world In 2011 and began to receive more recognition outside the climbing community. In May 2011, he was featured on the cover of National Geographic, and In the winter of that year, he attempted to beat the record for the fastest climb of El Capitan but missed the mark by just 45 seconds. In 2012, he gained mainstream recognition after appearing on 60 minutes to talk about his solo free climb of the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. He was also featured In the documentary climbing film Alone on the Wall. In June that year, he attempted again to break the record for the fastest ascent of El Capitan with fellow climber Hans Florine and set a new record of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 46 seconds. In 2014, Honnold and several other climbers featured a documentary about the evolution of rock climbing In Yosemite Park titled “Valley Uprising”, and Cliff Bar was one of the film’s financial sponsors and also had sponsorship deals with five of those In the film, including Honnold. But a few months after the film’s release Cliff Bar pulled sponsorship deals with the pro climbers that had been featured. They say They chose to do it because They were not comfortable with how far the climbers were pushing the boundaries in the sport and were concerned They were taking unnecessary risks. Honnold is widely recognized as a man who takes incredible risks and takes a rather passive attitude for his own life and safety. On June 3, 2017, Honnold completed the first solo free ascent of El Capitan and took the 2900-foot Free rider route. In 3 hours and 56 minutes, he completed the climb, and his accomplishment has been described as one of the most impressive athletic feats ever. It was documented by climber and photographer Jimmy Chin as well as his wife, documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and they released the documentary film “Free Solo” in 2018. It won an Academy Award in the same year for Best Documentary Feature. In 2015 Honnold met Sand McCandless at a book signing, and In late 2019, the couple began their romance. In September 2020, they married. Their relationship was one of the themes of the documentary Free Solo. In 2012, he started giving a third of his income to fund solar projects to increase the availability of electricity worldwide. He expanded his practice into the nonprofit Honnold Foundation, which promotes and supports the use of solar energy in developing countries. Honnold’s mother, Deirdre Colwick, climbed El Capitan at age sixty-six, making her the oldest woman to have completed the climb.
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