This lifestyle isn’t for the faint-hearted and takes years to perfect the techniques that ensure you are as safe as possible (in these circumstances at least).
When asked what he believes sets him apart from other climbers, he simply answers: “I think the main thing is that I’m super-inspired to solo huge faces. There are tons of other climbers who are much stronger than me and others who climb faster or higher routes, but no one else really seems motivated to solo huge.”
Surprisingly Alex doesn’t consider his life particularly extreme…he simply says: “I just go climbing a lot; I wouldn’t say my lifestyle is all that extreme. The important thing is to learn climbing skills, good foot work and good techniques.”
Alex is undoubtedly leading the way in the free solo field, and when asked what advice he would give to novice climbers, he responded: “If someone truly loves climbing and is motivated to pursue it then they probably ought to give it a shot. When I started travelling in my van and climbing all the time I was far from a great climber, but I didn’t want to do anything else and I worked hard.”