The Impossible Climb

Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life

Mark Synnott

RRP: £10.99

5 March 2020

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760632731

RRP: £20.00

4 April 2019

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760632724

RRP: £6.99

4 April 2019

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760639877

Shortlisted for Biography of the Year at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020
Shortlisted for Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020

On June 3rd 2017, professional climber Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: his friend, Alex Honnold, was going to attempt to summit one of the world’s most challenging ascents, a route called Freerider on the notorious rock formation El Capitan. It is an extraordinarily dangerous and difficult climb, and yet Alex was going to do it ‘free solo’. Meaning no help. No partner. No equipment. No rope. Where a single small mistake would mean certain death. Indeed, to summit El Cap free solo was a feat likened to Neil Armstrong first walking on the moon.

As Alex plots, rehearses and ultimately attempts his heart-stopping ascent, Mark also shares his own personal history of climbing, filled with triumphs, defeats and dilemmas, in this deeply reported, inspiring exhortation to live life to the fullest.