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The Exchange

The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

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We revisit our earlier conversation about life on the vertical with Mark Synnott, elite climber and author of "The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life."  The book describes Synnott's personal climbing history, beginning with his early days at Cathedral Ledge in N.H., and documents the preparation involved in Alex Honnold's historic free solo climb of Yosemite's El Capitan. 

Air Date: October 14, 2019.  This conversation was originally heard on April 9, 2019.

  

GUEST: 

  • Mark Synnott:  author of "The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life." He is a twenty-year member of the North Face Global Athlete team. He is a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other publications. He is also an internationally certified mountain guide and a trainer for the Pararescuemen of the United States Air Force. He lives in Jackson, N.H.
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Credit Jimmy Chin.
Mark Synnott and Alex Honnold.

If you haven't seen the Academy Award-winning documentary "Free Solo" yet, here's the trailer:

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