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‘If he has to choose between family and friends he chooses climbing’ he has an obsession for climbing’

Today Fredrick, Ivan and Charlie are reviewing the film ‘Free Solo’ which documents the preparation and climb of El Capitan by free soloist Alex Honnold.

They discuss the ways Alex prepared and the technical challenges of filming such a climb along with the learning that can be taken from both the preparation and the actual climb.

Listen in now to hear what they have to say



  • Free Solo is the documentary about Alex Honnold climbing El Capitan.
  • Free solo means no safety equipment,  it’s just him and the wall.
  • Why is ‘Free Solo’ an unusual way of climbing? Due to the fact no safety equipment is used from 3 metres upwards climbing becomes very dangerous as any fall is statistically likely to be fatal.
  • He practises the routine any climb over and over again like a gymnast when he undertakes the actual climb it is like a performance following intense and extended rehearsals.
  • Alex Honnold started the Honnold foundation which ‘seeks simple sustainable ways to improve lives worldwide’
  • He has used the interest in his climbing to raise funds that have been used to create sustainable energy projects.
  • Through the foundation, he has been able to integrate his passion with his profession and also do something great for people and the environment.
  • The learning that can be taken from the climb is about thoroughly preparing and rehearsing what you are facing, and this can be applied to business where good preparation is vital for success.
  • In business, you can also actively consider how you can pre-empt outcomes and de-risk a plan or a project.



‘He’s not just a jackass, he doesn’t just climb it he practises over and over again’

‘Imagine the Olympic games where if you don’t win its certain death’

‘He had climbed the range previously using ropes and knew it very well but prepared by rehearsing sections of it over and over again’

‘Alex considered it was low risk with high consequences’

‘Alex has been climbing for around 20 years of which 10years have been at a very high professional level’

‘He is so dedicated to climbing that he lives in a van’



Invest in You Podcast

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Free Solo Wikipedia

Alex Honnold TED talk



Serial entrepreneur Fredrik Sandvall loves sharing ideas and interviewing world-class entrepreneurs and influencers. Invest in You is about investments, entrepreneurs, personal development and doing fun things. He hopes to ensure you take action, helping others and yourself, plus enjoy the journey we call life.



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