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Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 11, 2013 - 01:20am PT
Looks like Alex has started a charitable organization. And it's impressive, has some great project goals. Nice to see someone of his caliber giving back in such a great way. Hopefully being one of the most high profile climbers in the world will benefit others through the HF.

http://honnoldfoundation.org


He's making a SoCal appearance for a fundraiser in August.
http://www.gearcoop.com/info/Alex_Honnold_Fundraising_Event

And I thought enchaining all of California's 14'ers via bike with Cedar was an amazing thing. So is this.
El Cono

Boulder climber
Tierra Del Coņo
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:27am PT
Nice to see someone of his caliber giving back in such a great way.

What's he got to "give back"?
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Thanks for the link, Beth. The man is solid, and an amazing adventure, as you stated.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:40am PT
I like where he's going with this. I would gladly hand over the future to youth like this.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:51am PT
Looks like it's just getting started. Not much on the website yet.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:57am PT
He has a huge audience beyond the tiny world that is climbing. OK, Justin Bieber is larger. Ha ha! If he posts something on Twitter or Instagram, he gets gobs of comments and lovin', much of it clearly from non-climbers. He has the potential to make a positive impact. Everyone and everything starts somewhere and I'm sure it will be a learning experience (what isn't?). Good luck to him!

Eric
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:57am PT
The lad carries much light. I would encourage him.
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2013 - 02:19am PT
El Cono, on a worldwide scale he's the most recognized climber. He's had more press than any other climber to date...Hell, he was featured on 60 Minutes AND People Magazine. He transcends the sport with what he's accomplished.

If he puts his mind and name on these three efforts, it will get a ton of attention outside the world of just climbers. Hope his foundation has much success.

http://honnoldfoundation.org/category/projects/
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 02:26am PT
That is hella old-skool thinking there, rsin.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 11, 2013 - 02:34am PT
Wayno, the guy climbs light.

Take that anyway you want.

I HEARD that he did this solo of the Indigo Band that was so indescribable, nobody could even find the start of the route?

He is not a bhodisattva at this stage, just a seeker like ourselves (speaking for all of us, I hope) with better skills at climbing and accepting accolades from all kinds of folks--that sort of thing goes right to my ego.

Alex embodies self-effacement, just as Chuck Pratt did.

He was fun to hear when he talked to the crowd at the Yosemite Facelift last fall.

labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jul 11, 2013 - 02:46am PT
"If he puts his mind and name on these three efforts, it will get a ton of attention outside the world of just climbers. Hope his foundation has much success."

I had to go back to the page to see what you were talking about. My browser barley sees the tab to the right to click on.

Worthy goals!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 02:48am PT
I'm seeing a Peter Haan portrait of the Lad, with bright light emanating from his fingertips as he grasps rock, Mouse. That's how I took it.

He seems pretty balanced for someone of his youth and notoriety. I hope he can sustain that.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 11, 2013 - 08:41am PT
One wonders whether being responsible for a charity might cause him to pull back on his free-soloing efforts the way being responsible for a family can.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:26am PT
Good on him.

Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:32am PT
Very motivating! I like the simple organized approach. Very user friendly website.
I will support.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Very cool, Go Alex!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
Go, Alex!
tradryan

Big Wall climber
San Diego
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
Is there anything in the projects tab?? I can't get it to come up on my PC (I am on an unusual connection..) but not the smartphone either. Can someone copy and paste to the thread? Sounds like I might not be the only one having the problem..
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
I can't get it to open either.

But then, that's nothing unusual. I'm behind the great firewall of China.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
What an inspirational guy. If the universe ever starts contracting and time moves backwards, I want to be like Alex when I grow young.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Can someone actually state what this foundation stands for, for those of us for whom the link does not work?
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
Some quick cut and paste for the man behind the Great Wall:


Founded in 2012, the Honnold Foundation seeks simple, sustainable ways to improve lives world-wide.

Simplicity is the key; low-impact, better living is the goal.



The Honnold Foundation is a division of the Tides Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides a platform for numerous charitable organizations. Learn more at http://www.tides.org/.



Solar Aid

Location: Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and England

SolarAid helps families in Africa’s remotest off-grid regions afford food, education and a brighter future by distributing small solar lamps that end dependency on costly, toxic kerosene. Together, SolarAid believes we can eradicate kerosene lanterns from Africa by 2020.

More information:

http://www.solar-aid.org
http://www.facebook.com/SolarAid





Grid Alternatives

Location: California and Colorado, United States

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to low-income communities. Using a barn-raising model, GRID Alternatives leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar power on qualifying homes, providing needed savings for families struggling to make ends meet while preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry. Since 2009, GRID Alternatives has installed more than 550 photovoltaic solar energy systems in the Central Valley alone, helping low-income families save over $18M in energy bills over the 30 year lifespan of the solar energy systems.

For more information, please visit www.gridalternatives.org




The Center for a New American Dream

Location: United States

New Dream seeks to cultivate a new American dream—one that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values.

Get involved or follow their progress here www.newdream.org

Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
Thanks, Dr. Chris(t).
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Jul 11, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
Interesting, everyone should be aware that Tides Foundation is very left leaning and known for funding radical causes.

I'm sure this a good thing to lots of STiesrs and I don't have a problem with it--just pointing this out so everyone knows what he's up to, and if they're soliciting funds (I have no idea), you can keep that in mind if making a decision to donate.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
Jul 11, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
I'll make my donation tonight.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 11, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
This is the best of the USA.

Guy lives in a van with no particular job, is relatively happy, but sees the world could use some help. Leverages his fame to do something about.


MikeL

climber
SANTA CLARA, CA
Jul 11, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
I'd like to see some meaningful involvement beyond name.

There are thousands of social entrepreneurs all over the world with equally admirable intentions. I work with a few of them.

What you should be looking for are measurements of social impact before conferring legitimacy or credibility.

I'm sure Alex is a really nice guy with a really big heart, but there are many organizations and people out there serving others in smart ways (read, SMART, like in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria);. I'm fairly sure that none of that is beyond Mr. Honnold's capabilities to look at himself.

There have been many other very famous people who have done more than add their names to a long list of good ideas.

(Mea culpa, but this is one topic I am in a position to add some substance to.)
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 11, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
From my experience the people in the world that need the most help do not need solar panels.
They need immunisations, seeds, chickens, pigs and goats.
McCfly

climber
Jul 11, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Those that are critical answer me this. What do you do to help those in need that are family nor friend on a regular basis.

That's what I thought....
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 11, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Way to go Alex! This ain't no "Three Cups of Tea".
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jul 11, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
Holy Moly! Honnold runs it out again!!


Dude's got Class!
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jul 11, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
@MikeL:

Seems like you're bagging on Alex's attempt to help out. Perhaps instead of being a negative voice that says, "Others with bigger names/pockets/experience are already doing this, so get out of the way," why don't you jump on board with Alex to help him succeed?


(Mea culpa, but this is one topic I am in a position to add some substance to.)


Please do add substance--I'm sure Alex, who appears to have done more than just add his name, would love to hear about it. And don't be a SMART-alec as you do so.

Cheers,
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 11, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
McCfly

climber

Jul 11, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Those that are critical answer me this. What do you do to help those in need that are family nor friend on a regular basis.

That's what I thought....

Left my life in CO to move to FL and take care of my aging parents, spent 45K to get my Mom in detox due to all the addictive drugs the doctors prescribed to her and 35K for my Dad's medicine for heart and dementia issues. They don't have adequate health insurance because they were artists and teachers and did not expect to live this long.

I wanted to buy them a trip to Paris for their 57 anniversary but my Mom said it was better to spend the 10K buying goats for families in Africa.

What have you done recently?
McCfly

climber
Jul 11, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
Goatboy:

I said other than family many of us jump through hoops for those we love whom have helped us along the way.

Good on you but that is not charity that is family...
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jul 11, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
... be aware that Tides Foundation is very left leaning and known for funding radical causes.

blahblah, thanks for pointing that out! Spreading the word that "less is more" through an organization that "emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values" is certainly radical in the US. As soon as his donation page is up, I'll be adding to it.

We need to do everything we can to counter things like the Heritage Foundation, which is an extremely right-leaning organization that delivers misinformation on things like climate change and tobacco.


Ain't that right Mr. blah "We're just not too worried about it. Capice?" blah.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 11, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
McCfly, reading comprehension failure, the 10K went to buy goats and chickens for family's in Africa. Goats provide milk for them to sell and chickens 2 lay eggs and take to the markets thereby providing them an income.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jul 11, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Wow goatboy, that is admirable.

Through what organization did you get the goats to the people?



Also, there are many avenues with which folks can help other folks. Don't bag on Alex's projects that help to get solar panels to people. Electricity can do things like pump water and, as the page says, replace kerosene lamps that cause health issues.

Cheers,
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 11, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
We used local friends through the UN to provide the livestock because we knew where the money was going. I don't trust charities because they are mostly self serving grandstanding.

Thanks k-man, your opinion is always appreciated.
El Cono

Boulder climber
Tierra Del Coņo
Jul 12, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Alex Honnold doesn't need to "give back" sh#t.

Nobody's thrown money at him to hit, sink, throw, or kick a ball.
He's wasn't born into family money that fronted his first real estate deal.
He doesn't have a fan base that will blindly purchase his latest crappy album.
He's got no producers to forgive his tantrums on the set.

This guy's got genuine generosity....
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