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1: He climbed the same route many times over the years with ropes to practice. Many people have praised Honnold for his incredible mental control — he’s put in a huge amount of dedication and time to continue his passion for free solo climbing. But he didn’t do it alone. He followed the same route multiple times, often with friends. 2: He lives in a camping bus. Since the start of his career, Honnold has lived in a camping bus. When you’re traveling from climbing area to climbing area, it helps to have a transportable home to remain independent! At first, he drove his family’s old bus, but now, he owns a bus that’s a bit more comfortable, including an integrated strength-training station. 3: He started a nonprofit organization at 27 years old. Helping others can be a hugemotivation for success. In 2012, Honnold founded the Honnold Foundation, which supports small social and environmental organizations with tangible and sustainable project goals. Honnold is said to have donated a third of his income to charity. 4: He started climbing to overcome low self-esteem. Climbing is a way to build self-esteem and overcome shyness. Honnold’s parents saw that and encouraged him by driving him to climbing areas. At first, he never had the confidence to ask others to climb with him, but now, that’s changed, according to ISPO. We loved his inspirational story and thought it was fitting to share this month. Thanks for reading, and we wish you luck on the biggest mountains ahead of you. With determination and confidence, we know you can conquer them!

How Did Alex Honnold Climb El Capitan?

A Feat for Mankind – Climbing 3,000 Feet With No Ropes

If you asked people five years ago whether they thought anyone could climb El Capitan — a massive 3,000-foot rock formation in Yosemite — without ropes, even avid climbers would say it’s impossible. However, if you’ve heard or watched the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo,” then you’d know that isn’t true. In 2017, the feat was accomplished by a very inspirational free solo climber named Alex Honnold. What is “free solo,” you ask? It means climbing without any assistance (or safety reassurance) from ropes. Here’s a few fun facts about Honnold’s story.

Tomato and Watermelon Salad (Yes, Really!) Bon Appétit magazine calls tomato and watermelon “soul mates,” and they’re right! This surprising gourmet salad will be a hit at your next barbecue.



1 tsp peppercorns, coarsely crushed

4 cups seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 8 oz feta cheese, cut into 1/2- inch cubes

1 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/4 cup coconut oil

Sea salt, to taste


1. In a small saucepan, sauté spices and herbs in the coconut oil for 3 minutes over medium heat to create turmeric oil. Take the pan off of the heat, then let it cool. 2. Combine the watermelon, tomatoes, and feta on a large platter or in a bowl. Drizzle with cooled turmeric oil. Now, simply sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! | Pg. 3

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