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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 7, 2014 - 09:27am PT
Will Chancellor with photog, Sebastian Kim have done a very hip photo journal piece for very hip Interview Magazine on our very own Alex.

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/alex-honnold#_

Credit: Sebastian Kim
Nkane

Trad climber
San Francisco, USA
Aug 7, 2014 - 09:37am PT
I wonder if La Sportiva is pissed that they didn't get a photo credit for the Solutions.
alina

Trad climber
CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:05pm PT
That's pretty bad. That first image is especially porny.
Alex, just say "no."
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:13pm PT
What's next Abercrombie and Fitch?
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:22pm PT
Transcending climbing idolatry to become a mainstream superstar. Will that peak when there's a superbowl commercial featuring his climbing, a candid short interview, followed by a plug for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale? Actually, life insurance would probably be a more likely sector. I can see the close-up death-defying scene with zoom out that transitions to the Prudential logo.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:32pm PT
Looks like he is channeling Iggy Pop
klaus

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
Looks like he should be standing Castro and 18th St. hustling for a homo blowjob

did I just say that?
part-time communist

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:38pm PT
DAT bod lol
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:38pm PT
It is what it is. He looks good, climbs hard, and, I'm assuming, living his dreams and paying the bills. All American success story if you ask me.

Susan
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
For a climber-superstar, he has an especially pleasant personality. That's why we want him to stay alive. In the meantime, let him make some cash while the sun is still shining
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2014 - 01:53pm PT
Another less loaded image from that piece:

Credit: Sebastian Kim
epicclimb

Ice climber
Looking California, Feeling Minnesota
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
ho man!!!! honnold the grey? seems like just yesterday he was the kiddo soloing ASTROMAN,,,,wowzers
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
internet photo...not mine
internet photo...not mine
Credit: phylp

Iggy Pop is good, but I saw him more as St Sebastian. He looks a bit tormented. Like he's waiting for the piercing arrow that is Forum commentary.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:55pm PT
Hey girl...

Credit: The Larry

...I died for your sins.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:56pm PT
Nothing wrong with selling a little cheese. He is a good guy. Hope he can bank a little following his dreams. Inspiration is a valuable trade commodity. Legitimately so.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:17pm PT
Homie don't diss on Alex.
klaus

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:28pm PT
He would totally win the gay Hunky Jesus contest if he grew out his hair.
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Aug 7, 2014 - 08:51pm PT


Long live King Alex!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 7, 2014 - 09:47pm PT
eeeeshman...




Credit: Ron Anderson
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Aug 7, 2014 - 10:06pm PT
Those photos taken at Cat Rock in Central Park.

http://mountainproject.com/v/107842074

http://mountainproject.com/v/cat-rock/106602575

Specifically Cat's Corner V0- (although he is climbing it backwards with his pants falling off.) And it's like one of the best boulders in Central Park.


Will the pants-falling-off thing become a trend in sport climbers next? Stay tuned.


Hope he got some money and a good girlfriend outta this gig.
dolomite_said

Gym climber
) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) . . . Buffering
Aug 7, 2014 - 10:20pm PT
What's the big deal, he's just doing some spider walking.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Aug 8, 2014 - 11:31am PT
Will the pants-falling-off thing become a trend in sport climbers next? Stay tuned

Just leaves me speechless . . .
jstan

climber
Aug 8, 2014 - 01:07pm PT
I think it was Yogi Berra who said, "The future just ain't what it used to be." When we let money become involved with anything, whatever that thing is, it becomes subject to commercial pressures. I got forced into a photo article once but I took no money. I agreed to do it under the condition that there could be no spectacular photos. There were none.

It is nice to get money for nothing. But nothing usually turns into something.

On another subject, I think every man really needs to have a daughter.

Hope he got some money and a good girlfriend outta this gig.

When you have a daughter the opposite sex becomes not quite so opposite. No longer a commodity. In fact your thoughts do indeed gravitate towards 12 gauge shot guns and double ought buck shot.
Rudder

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Aug 8, 2014 - 02:33pm PT
Anything that's good for Alex I'm good with... and I think his annual compensation isn't 100th of what it should be. On the other hand, I do think if I was gay I would like those pictures better. haha
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Aug 8, 2014 - 03:13pm PT
If a female climber posed liked that it would be considered sexist and demeaning. Good article but the photographer probably loves the D. NTTIAWWT.
overwatch

climber
Aug 8, 2014 - 04:33pm PT
Klaus and goatboy killing me
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Aug 8, 2014 - 06:24pm PT
If a female climber posed liked that it would be considered sexist and demeaning.

Not by me. Just by folks who have not managed to shed their puritanical upbringings.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Aug 14, 2014 - 03:34pm PT
Looks like he should be standing Castro and 18th St. hustling for a homo blowjob

Oh my god, that was soooo inappropriate. He is just a guy exercising his freedom of expression.

Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Aug 15, 2014 - 03:42am PT
Stylist Michelle Cameron

A stylist for a photo-shoot of a climber? Baffling. I'm doubtful it was his idea to have a stylist on board. More likely standard procedure for such a journal. But still, it is defiling to the sport; practically mocking it.

It's been years (decades) since I've done any climbing; but I don't remember anything about a "stylist" involved in any photography or journal articles of the rock stars of that era.

No disrespect intended for Mr. Honnald, his achievements; nor is there any criticism aimed at the fame or financial gain he reaps for his amazing skills and efforts.
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Aug 15, 2014 - 08:36am PT
Klaus i just blew coffee out my pie hole!
Thanks for ruining another keyboard!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 15, 2014 - 08:49am PT
I don't care how nice a guy he was, he just sold his soul for a handful of shekels.

Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
Aug 15, 2014 - 08:53am PT
He sold his soul by appearing in a, Magazine? Yea, right. . . .It would seem that Alex has a life, unlike more than a few Posters here. . .
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Aug 15, 2014 - 08:55am PT
Credit: Jim Clipper

I remember someone in the art world saying that Ansel Adams' importance was diminished because he allowed his "portraits" to be reproduced en mass. Still, I admire his voice for conservation.

Ole! alllez, alles
skitch

climber
East of Heaven
Aug 15, 2014 - 09:24am PT
Alex is probably one of the smartest climbers around, I'm pretty sure he can take care of himself.

Climbing was defiled YEARS AGO the first time a climber sold a piece of gear to another climber.
Branscomb

Trad climber
Lander, WY
Aug 15, 2014 - 11:37am PT
I briefly met him this summer at the Wild Iris Festival in Lander. He was doing a North Face expo gig. Had to do the gig to keep his sponsorship, I'm sure, but didn't do a bit of showing off. A real quiet, seemingly very nice young person.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:09pm PT
It would seem that Alex has a life, unlike more than a few Posters here. . .

To say that Alex has more of a life than someone you don't know is sad, not to
mention condescending and narrow-minded.

I am sure Mr Honnold is a very nice person. I just happen to think more highly
of those climbers who have forged a real life and pay their own way like
George Lowe, Ed Hartouni, or the many weekend warriors who lead their lives
of quiet, if noble, desperation.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:13pm PT
I guess it's a matter of pose. Shirtless in the right circumstance, and the most homophobic hard man would exclaim like a school girl.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:22pm PT
Go for it Alex. It's safer than FS'ing the Nose, and the pay is better.
skitch

climber
East of Heaven
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
Every one of you would take a dick in the ass for $50. Hypocrites.

(Okay maybe I should have said you would do it for an offset alien. . .)
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:56pm PT
That's a lie, Skitch! I'd go as low as a pack of cigs in the hoosegow.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:57pm PT
If a female climber posed liked that it would be considered sexist and demeaning.

What do you consider this?


photo not found
Missing photo ID#373105


survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:59pm PT
Wow, That's bold talk skitch. Most of us wouldn't go back door man for less than a hunny note....
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:02pm PT
It'd have to be the right guy for sure. And then, I'd only do it for love. And he'd have to be hung like an anchovy.

edit: Uh-oh, I see BB wants a repeat of "Boobygate".
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:17pm PT

To say that Alex has more of a life than someone you don't know is sad, not to
mention condescending and narrow-minded.

Then you go on to day this...

I am sure Mr Honnold is a very nice person. I just happen to think more highly
of those climbers who have forged a real life and pay their own way like

How has Honnold not "forged his own way"?

F*#king A- more extreme lameness.

Go Alex!

hot...Hot...HOT!!!!!!!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:20pm PT
F*#king A- more extreme lameness from another old f*#k.


Shut up, gawdamn toddler!!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:22pm PT
You caught me right before I deleted!!
Now go soak your dentures and nappypoo.
Gotta get up for happy hour.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:23pm PT

Uh-oh, I see BB wants a repeat of "Boobygate".

Uh-oh what's that?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:23pm PT
Reilly - admit it, it moved, didn't it?

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:24pm PT
I asked Alex what kind of underwear he wore when soloing Half Dome.

DMT
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
Man, that guy is ripped.
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Aug 15, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
^^^^^^^

ALERT !!! THAT CHICK IS NOT TIED IN !!!!!!

The knot's by her left nipple......


WTF ?

Edit......the boob pic got taken down.

:(
SammO

Social climber
Ohio
Aug 18, 2014 - 10:16am PT
In case you weren't paying attention, I'm pretty sure that pic BlueBlocr posted is none other than Beth Rodden, so the soul-selling business is still paying the bills.
As far as making distinctions between over-the-hill whiners who appear to live on these pages, and those out there actually doing something - anything, whether climbing, making an honest living, whatever - I have far fewer issues with Katie and Alex looking like real climbers in the Citibank commercial, versus some like a desperately over-hyped freebaser pseudomystic who appear willing to do just about anything, anywhere, screw everyone else, to make dollars.
Few here have the historic credentials, or the professional income security Mr. Stannard enjoyed, but he is really old school, when we all appreciated the eccentric outsider rep climbing had. Perhaps he also has grown weary of paying to see slides or now, videos of hot youngsters doing what we'd love to be doing, but have to work instead.
I've been far more bothered by the abysmal fantasies perpetuated in movies, from the Eiger Sanction to Cliffhanger to K2, and the climbers who made significant dollars as stunt doubles or extras doing impossible things, using horrible techniques and demonstrating ludicrous safety lapses.
There are ranges of slippery slopes out there, in every walk of life; that's why it's imperative to learn how to self-arrest, if you get my drift.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 18, 2014 - 10:31am PT
Just to clarify my position for the Kumbaya Bolshies I don't consider climbing
a sport. I hold it much higher than that. I think money tawdries it in any
form and leads to such travesties as The Red Bull Cerro Torre Abomination.
Like Bill Clinton I puffed but didn't inhale by taking gear deals. I knew
even that was a gateway drug that would easily pitch me onto a terribly
slippery slope. OK, I'm going back to this month's issue of "Chess Life"
and, yes, I rue the effects of big money on chess, too. Luckily I never
had to worry about that, either.
dhayan

climber
los angeles, ca
Aug 18, 2014 - 12:15pm PT
Everyone lives their life the way they seem fit. It's funny that the folks you criticize could give two shits about what you say.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 18, 2014 - 12:25pm PT
Blueblocr is Beth? Yes, that would surprise me.

Samm0, how about a trip report of what you've been up to?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 18, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
dhayan, that's the trouble with SuperTopo: too many have reading comprehension
deficits and can't differentiate between criticizing ethics or mores and
personal attacks. You Kumbaya Bolshies are also so insecure in your beliefs
that you cannot stand it when someone challenges yours, or even has the
temerity to express their own, you so you attack the person rather than
discuss the issue in an adult manner.
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Aug 18, 2014 - 12:32pm PT
What do you consider this?

Silly.
I'm impressed they could keep a straight face posing like that.
dhayan

climber
los angeles, ca
Aug 18, 2014 - 01:16pm PT
Why pass judgment on someone else? It is really just passing judgment on yourself and your own ideas. I mean no offense to you.

Edit- this was in response to Reilly, not Goatboy. I always found that shot of BR funny too...and hot.
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Aug 18, 2014 - 01:39pm PT
That's what happens when you go to art school.
I paid good money for this opinion. :p

BTW that photo has already been discussed here.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=157333&tn=0&mr=0
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Aug 18, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
It's interesting to see the judgements tossed around here per Alex, and how - the thinking goes - the boy would be more better and more pure if he fit the criteria of an amateur, as though any sane person believes that fully staged photos sporting fly duds is "real," and that having fun doing same is selling out to "the man." This "Lone Cowboy" archtype pimped so freely herein rode into the sunset eons ago. That doesn't make the modern article a "sell out," it simply makes the older article frozen in their own judgements, like a fly in amber.

I think it's all great, including the folks who are cryng fowl. That's exaxcly what they are supposed to do, according to their roles.

JL
jstan

climber
Aug 18, 2014 - 03:48pm PT
In the early 70's a now widely known author told Mohonk's climbers meeting he had found tying his vocation to his climbing had changed his climbing. The inability to predict how commercial ties will change us is one of the factors a thoughtful person considers. The majority of climbers I knew in the late 60's were college students executing their life plans. Dennis Memet was the only one who described a multiyear series of trips when I asked him what he planned to do, ultimately. Little did I suspect this astonishing freedom would carry with it greatly decreased opportunities for young people generally.

When we make decisions, we need to watch out for the cost. Dreams can turn into nightmares, in just a few seconds.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Aug 18, 2014 - 08:10pm PT
"I'm shocked, shocked to . . ." [see those photos]


(Casablanca)


;>)
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Aug 19, 2014 - 08:03am PT
In the early 70's a now widely known author told Mohonk's climbers meeting he had found tying his vocation to his climbing had changed his climbing. The inability to predict how commercial ties will change us is one of the factors a thoughtful person considers. The majority of climbers I knew in the late 60's were college students executing their life plans. Dennis Memet was the only one who described a multiyear series of trips when I asked him what he planned to do, ultimately. Little did I suspect this astonishing freedom would carry with it greatly decreased opportunities for young people generally.

When we make decisions, we need to watch out for the cost. Dreams can turn into nightmares, in just a few seconds.
-


Those are points well taken, John, but they belong to thinking relative to another era. Mainly the 1970s. It boils down to basic economics. I have some ties to Adidas Outdoor and their cadre of professional climbers so I see this stuff first hand.

In the 1970s, there was no such article as a profassional climber, and us so-called "soul climbers," folks in it for the pleasure of the activity, unfettered by commercial concerns, would probably have looked down on someone getting paid to climb. We had purer motives - or so we told ourselves - and compromising our soul quotient, our amateur high ground, was not an option. We believed we were better than that.

Then professionalism entered the game as climbing gained popularity and nowadays, quaint ideas like "soul climbing" belong to a bygone era. Virtually all participents at the very top level have multiple sponsors and none that I have heard of have ever turned down sponsorship dollars fearing they would compromise their moral code or for fear of greatly reducing their opportunities. The whold purpose of accepting sponsorship - and most of it is meager at best - is to increse their time spent climbing instead of doing a regular job.

JL

skitch

climber
East of Heaven
Aug 19, 2014 - 08:17am PT
I have a friend with a huge collection of climbing magazines dating back to the mid 80s, I was flipping through them and noticed that there was a special section in those older mags that would talk about the publicity climbing had, like a Toyota commercial with a 1 second shot of a climber in the background, etc.

Climbers seemed very keen on the idea of climbing becoming a mainstream sport. I'm sure not every climber thought it was a great idea though, just like today there are some people that think climbing should be an Olympic sport so that climbing will continue to grow.

Since I have no way of making money from climbing I do not want to see climbing grow-I like having entire crags to only share with my friends.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Aug 19, 2014 - 08:41am PT
If you ever see Phicobloc live you'll be a believer in "climbing" being an Olympic sport.
skitch

climber
East of Heaven
Aug 19, 2014 - 10:24am PT
I've never understood watching sports, except for surfing, skateboarding and bike jumping.


I'm probably just not good enough to be competitive so I don't care to watch competition.
Woody the Beaver

Trad climber
Soldier, Idaho
Aug 19, 2014 - 10:26am PT
I like that photo of Honnold a lot. It's just very competent wildlife photography, with soul and aroma. Would I prefer seeing a leopard wearing pants? As an editor I learned a lot about photo cropping from interview. Plus I'm privately convinced that I look like that too, which is why I carefully avoid mirrors.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2014 - 12:14pm PT
Woody, I was going to say, you and Alex appear as twins, even. Except for you being an Arctic Blonde.
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Aug 19, 2014 - 12:18pm PT
It's hard not to see the resemblance . . .

Credit: Woody the Beaver




Definitely Olympic material!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
John, I wasn't aware that elizabethan collars were back in fashion.

Black and orange, of course I understand. Halloween.

Maybe now I have grounds hoping that empire waists will soon follow.
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Aug 19, 2014 - 12:39pm PT
Why doesn't Honnold come on here and counter these scurrilous accusations ?

Too busy slathering oil onto his pecs and abs ?
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Aug 19, 2014 - 01:48pm PT
Sponsored climbers are not allowed to have opinions, unless it's the same old brobrah talk of how great and awesome it all is. Would not want to offend any prospective buyers or bite the hand that feeds them.

L was way ahead of the curve on this.
Standing on the shoulders of giants, as long as those giants are wearing six inch pumps.

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