National Geographic is now accepting votes for their People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year award. What does this have to do with rock climbing you might ask? Well, none other than Alex Honnold is nominated and you can vote for him until January 15th of next year.
While adventurous might not be the first word you’d think of when you think of Honnold’s exploits on the rocks it certainly isn’t a bad way to describe someone who has free soloed Zion’s Moonlight Buttress, free soloed Half Dome, soloed El Cap and Half Dome in half a day, and done countless other things that most of us would never even consider doing.
The North Face Promo video featuring Alex Honnold
One of the more truly adventurous things that Honnold has probably ever done would be his recent The North Face sponsored expedition to the central African nation of Chad. Along with James Pearson, Mark Synnott and the Camp 4 Collective team of Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk and Tim Kemple, Honnold spent 3 weeks exploring vast expanses of desert in search of climbable rock.
As the trip progressed the team filed a few dispatches from the field with amazing photos which are well worth checking out:
- Dispatch 1: Alex Honnold updates us on the travel it took to reach Chad
- Dispatch 2: James Pearson updates us on their first taste of climbing
- Dispatch 3: Tim Kemple talks about the difficulties of keeping cameras working the desert and driving around looking for new routes
- Dispatch 4: Alex Honnold talks about his ascent of “The Delicate Arch Of Chad” which was “the most disgusting route” of his life due to the poor rock quality and at the same time “the most satisfying pitch of the trip”.
With terabytes of media captured during the trip and the talented Camp 4 Collective group on the case expect to see a lot more about this trip in the coming months.