Books Alex Honnold Books by Alex Honnold Alex Honnold has written books about: Sports Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Alex Honnold Alex Honnold, free soloing up a cliff face Courtesy of RXR Sports hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of RXR Sports My Big Break For Famed Rock Climber, A 'Big Break' That Thankfully Wasn't Literal January 3, 2016 Alex Honnold has scaled the sheer face of Half Dome in Yosemite, Calif., without the aid of ropes — and entirely alone. Still, he says his big break didn't arrive until a TV producer approached him. For Famed Rock Climber, A 'Big Break' That Thankfully Wasn't Literal Listen · 4:27 4:27 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/459977784/461843978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California, is favorite for many rock climbers. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption toggle caption Paul Sakuma/AP Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Rock Climbing Superstar Quests For Energy Sustainability December 3, 2015 What does the world's most famous free solo climber do when he's not on the wall? Anthropologist Barbara J. King talks to Alex Honnold about climbing — and his interest in energy and the environment.