Alone On the Wall by Alex Honnold
Hi, I am Sarah. I am fourteen years old and an avid reader; it is one of my favorite things to do. Inspired by authors’ creations of magnificent places and surprising havens built by simple letters, I aspire to be an author and, meanwhile, nurture the love to write.
Imagine clinging to a solid granite face, 2,000 feet in the air, the first two digits of your fingers jammed into a crack and your feet smeared on invisible footholds, mere dimples in the rock. The wind rustles across the cliff as you reach for the next hold, unprotected, with nothing connecting you to the rock and preventing a plummet. Nothing but the rock and the climber. Rock climbing at its purest.
Alex Honnold lives this reality most days, all around the world. A rock climber at heart, he has accomplished feats unthinkable in the climbing world. In Alone on the Wall, these are chronicled and laid out in a way easy for even the non-climber to understand and appreciate, intermingled with humorous day-to-day events that give a wholesome view of these gargantuan climbs. The up-close and personal way he describes these feats, coupled with climbing history and explanation, make this biography a truly fascinating read. The action sequences can leave you hanging at the edge of a precipice—literally—but are presented in a way that reminds you that even the famous, remarkably talented among us are human too. In Honnold’s case, it’s doing what he loves and dancing on the rock all around the world.