The book that tells the dizzying story of the documentary Free
, winner of the Oscar and Bafta 2019
Climbing does not depend on the rope. In this exclusive vision by Mark Synnott
on the essence of climbing, the main protagonist is the amazing integral solo -that is, in free, without rope or partner or any protective material- of his friend < b> Alex Honnold on the 900-meter vertical granite wall of El Capitan (Yosemite). When Honnold reached the top at 9:28 a.m. on June 3, 2017, after spending less than four hours, his climb became historic, leaving the entire world in awe. The New York Times described it as "one of the greatest sporting feats ever accomplished." A tale intertwined with Synnott's personal story, of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager, with his career achievements and failures, and the dilemmas that ensue, which make this book a fascinating and well-documented revelation on living "by stop". What are we doing but living life to the fullest?
Synnott delves into the rebellious counterculture that emerged decades earlier in Yosemite during its golden age, when pioneering climbers such as Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn upside down. Drawing a scathing and authentic portrait of the history of climbing, and outlining the heroes of Yosemite and the mocking tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott intersperses his own experiences with intensity and wit, as when recounting the tensions arisen in the middle of the northwest face of the Great Tower of Trango in Pakistan; or when his partner Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an officer in the Borneo jungle to allow them to climb on what was Honnold's first overseas expedition; or like when bandits armed with daggers assaulted them at the foot of a sandstone tower in the desert of Chad.
The Impossible Climb is an emotional plot starring people who explore the limits of human potential through a perfectly choreographed "dance" with nature. Honnold dared to do something that goes much further. And not only beyond the ordinary, but what has never been done by any climber. But this story of sublime heights is actually about all of us. Who doesn't need to face fear and make the most of the time we have?
- Author Mark Synnott.
- Editorial: Ediciones Desnivel.
- Edition date: 2020.
- Dimensions: 15 cm x 23 cm.
- Page No.: 368.
- Languages: Spanish.
- ISBN: 9788498295115.