Alex Honnold: How Much Can Preparation Mitigate Risk? Would you rock climb without a rope? What if it was a 3,000 foot summit? It seems like an extremely dangerous risk. But Alex Honnold says with the right preparation, it's not as risky as it seems.
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Alex Honnold: How Much Can Preparation Mitigate Risk?

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Alex Honnold: How Much Can Preparation Mitigate Risk?

Alex Honnold: How Much Can Preparation Mitigate Risk?

Alex Honnold: How Much Can Preparation Mitigate Risk?

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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Risk.

About Alex Honnold's TED Talk

We often assume any expression of anger is negative and irrational. But psychologist Ryan Martin says anger is there to tell us something important— and we should view it as a healthy force for good.

About Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber best known for his free solo climbing, a form of rock climbing without ropes or other protective equipment. He is the only person to free solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, and holds the fastest ascent of the Yosemite triple crown: an 18-hour, 50-minute link-up of Mount Watkins, The Nose, and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome.

In 2012, Honnold started the nonprofit Honnold Foundation, which aims to reduce environmental impact and address inequality by supporting solar energy initiatives worldwide.

Honnold has appeared on various platforms, including 60 Minutes and in the New York Times. He has been featured on the cover of National Geographic and starred in numerous films, including the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, which is based on his free solo climb of El Capitan in June 2017. Alex is also the co-author of the memoir Alone on the Wall.