The Impossible Climb by Mark Synnott audiobook

The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

By Mark Synnott

13.00 Hours 03/05/2019 Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780525594352

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER If you loved watching Free Solo, you’ll be enthralled by Mark Synnott’s deeply reported, insider perspective of Alex Honnold’s historic achievement and the culture and history of climbing. “One of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I've ever read.”—Sebastian Junger In Mark Synnott’s unique window on the ethos of climbing, his friend Alex Honnold’s astonishing “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s 3,000 feet of sheer granite, is the central act. When Honnold topped out at 9:28 A.M. on June 3, 2017, having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp. The New York Times described it as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” Synnott’s personal history of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager—through professional climbing triumphs and defeats, and the dilemmas they render—makes this a  deeply reported, enchanting revelation about living life to the fullest. What are we doing if not an impossible climb? Synnott delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite’s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear. Painting an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history and profiling Yosemite heroes and the harlequin tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott weaves in his own experiences with poignant insight and wit: tensions burst on the mile-high northwest face of Pakistan’s Great Trango Tower; fellow climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold’s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert... The Impossible Climb is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect, choreographed dance with nature. Honnold dared far beyond the ordinary, beyond any climber in history. But this story of sublime heights is really about all of us. Who doesn’t need to face down fear and make the most of the time we have?

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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

If you loved watching Free Solo, you’ll be enthralled by Mark Synnott’s deeply reported, insider perspective of Alex Honnold’s historic achievement and the culture and history of climbing.

“One of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I've ever read.”—Sebastian Junger

In Mark Synnott’s unique window on the ethos of climbing, his friend Alex Honnold’s astonishing “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s 3,000 feet of sheer granite, is the central act. When Honnold topped out at 9:28 A.M. on June 3, 2017, having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp. The New York Times described it as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” Synnott’s personal history of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager—through professional climbing triumphs and defeats, and the dilemmas they render—makes this a  deeply reported, enchanting revelation about living life to the fullest. What are we doing if not an impossible climb?

Synnott delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite’s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear. Painting an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history and profiling Yosemite heroes and the harlequin tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott weaves in his own experiences with poignant insight and wit: tensions burst on the mile-high northwest face of Pakistan’s Great Trango Tower; fellow climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold’s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert...

The Impossible Climb is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect, choreographed dance with nature. Honnold dared far beyond the ordinary, beyond any climber in history. But this story of sublime heights is really about all of us. Who doesn’t need to face down fear and make the most of the time we have?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Readers will pick up this for Honnold but will be equally engrossed by Synnott’s own adventures and writing. Library Journal
Yes, The Impossible Climb is the gripping story of the most perilous rock ascent of all time—but it’s much more than that. In seamlessly fusing memoir, reporting, social history, climbing lore, technical expertise and intimate glimpses of his tribe, Mark Synnott has given us a kind of epic of life on the edge. Even readers who have never set toe to rock are going to find themselves glued to this insanely brilliant account of extreme athletic ambition and endurance. David Laskin, author of  The Children’s Blizzard
Mark Synnott's The Impossible Climb is to climbing what William Finnegan's Barbarian Days is to surfing. John Long, founder of the Stonemasters
Immensely enjoyable. Tapping his own impressive mountaineering resume, Mark Synnott dives deep into the rebellious counterculture of extreme climbing to get inside the head of Alex Honnold, the planet's foremost rock climber. What motivated Honnold to free climb El Capitan without a rope? 'Because it's there' doesn't come close to explaining it. Synnott's The Impossible Climb does.  Andy Hall, author of Denali's Howl
A thrills-and-chills—and occasional spills—view of the mad heroes of free climbing…Fans of mountaineering will find this a winner. Kirkus Reviews
Bracing...brings Honnold’s epic, rope-free ascent to vivid life. Harper's Bazaar
The fascinating story behind an unprecedented feat. Mark Synnott has built something thoughtful and tense by leaning on his keenly observant presence in the moment and his decades of high-level experience. It’s a compelling narrative confidently told, one that will resonate no matter whether you’re a hardcore climber or someone who climbs nothing but stairs. The Maine Edge
An engaging read cover to cover—delightful, shocking, thrilling, saddening and motivating. Each chapter deepens the larger story of struggle and awe within the adventurer’s life. New Hampshire Magazine
Synnott adds depth, intimacy and a hint of fear to Honnold’s climb; more importantly, he adds context to the historical feat…Through first-hand accounts and thorough reporting, Synnott provides a vertiginous window into the world of climbers at the top of the sport. Paste Magazine
With the possible exception of the lunar landings, free-soloing El Capitan may rank as one of the most audacious—and terrifying—things a human being has ever done. Synnott’s narrative plasters you a 3,000-foot granite cliff and doesn’t let you go until the climb is done. It is one of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I’ve ever read. Sebastian Junger, author of TribeWar, and The Perfect Storm

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Author Bio: Mark Synnott

Author Bio: Mark Synnott MARK SYNNOTT is a world-renowned big wall climber and alpinist. He is a 20-year member of The North Face "Dream Team," of professional climbers. He has written for Outside, Men's Journal, New York Magazine, Skiing, and Climbing Magazine, among many others. He has worked for National Geographic Television, NBC Sports, Warren Miller Entertainment, Teton Gravity Research and Red Bull Media House. The Air Force recently selected him to be a lead mountaineering and high angle trainer of their special forces. He lives on a dead end dirt road on the side of a mountain in New Hampshire with his wife and four children. The Impossible Climb is his first book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 13.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English