Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber who hails from the United States and has a net worth of 2 million dollars. He is frequently considered to be one of the top rock climbers in the world due to the fact that he is the only person to ever climb El Capitan without the assistance of a climbing partner and achieve success.
Alex Honnold Early Life
Alex Honnold was born on August 17, 1985, in Sacramento, California. His mother and father were both educators at a local university. His paternal grandfather was German and his maternal grandmother was Polish. At age five, he started visiting to a climbing gym, and by age 10, he was regularly attending to pursue his newfound passion. While still a teenager, he participated in and frequently won national rock climbing competitions. After graduating from Mira Loma High in 2003, he continued his education in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. As expected, he had a difficult first year of college. He didn’t make many friends because he didn’t live in the dorms but rented an apartment from a relative. The loss of his grandma and his parents’ separation during his freshman year only added to his sense of isolation. He was a chronic class-skipper and dropped out of university after taking a semester off to prepare for the Scottish National Climbing Championships. He dropped out of school and spent his time climbing and driving throughout California in his mom’s minivan. After the van’s breakdown, he was forced to resort to a bicycle and a tent for transportation and shelter. From 2004 until 2009, he claims to have subsisted on less than $1,000 per month.
Alex Honnold Career
At age 5, Alex Honnold began his climbing career. One of his goals in life is to make a living as a climber. His early enthusiasm for climbing was genuine. He loves to scale mountains.
As a young man, Honnold competed in a number of youth climbing competitions on a national and international level. As he had always dreamed, he finally followed his heart and left college, where he was studying civil engineering, to pursue a career in rock climbing. His ambition was realized when he started earning a living as a rock climber.
Alex Honnold Personal Life
Honnold and Sanndi McCandless got engaged in late 2019 after meeting at a book launch in 2015. They tied the knot in the fall of 2020. The connection between them was a major theme of the film “Free Solo.” Since 2012, he has donated one-third of his earnings to solar energy initiatives with the goal of expanding access to clean power around the globe.
He eventually turned this into the non-profit Honnold Foundation, which provides resources and advocacy for the use of solar power in under-resourced regions. Dierdre Wolownick, Honnold’s mother, is the oldest woman to scale El Capitan, having done so at the ripe old age of 66.