Last spring, Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright visited Cochamó Valley in Chilean Patagonia, where soaring granite walls attract climbers from all over. Here are Honnold's thoughts on climbing there, and the culture as compared to that in the U.S.


Previous Comments

so what you are saying is.... only YOU can use resources to drive/fly to go rockclimbing is that it? I think its time you and all the other "philosophers" got a real job - try mcdonalds

oregon111 - 08/13/2014 4:30:04

He's sitting there on smug podium opining about the first world's impact on the environment, while his entire lifestyle is enabled by it?!? If it's so important to Alex why doesn't he stop flying the first world's jets, shed his evil corporate sponsors, and move off to the fairytale third world. Don't preach to me about consumerism while you're decked out in the latest adventure gear. Seems like he's got a very immature and naive worldview. One of the greatest climbers ever though...

John Long - 04/14/2013 6:49:24

Awesome thoughts Alex, industry and the developed modern world produce no symbiosis between us and nature, ppl should be more aware of this, i hope more people like u start to put sense into them, all do i fear its to late to change society as dramatically... CLIMB ON! Greetings from Ecuador.

Juan Carlos Merlo - 03/20/2013 9:24:51

Some of the initial negative comments were shocking - the guy has a brain and is using it - whether one shares his views or not (I do), I would have expected that a real person who is also an athlete would be very appreciated.

Buzz - 03/18/2013 12:08:55

Way to go Alex and Cedar!! You are both bitchin' climbers, and everyone knows that, but you have really stepped up to the plate here, and I commend you and and BD for putting this together. I agree with Bryan -- there are plenty of good climbing films out there, but this is a relatively new dialog for the climbing culture and we need a lot more of it. I'm not sure that Alex's comment that the best thing to do these days may simply be to do nothing though -- his convincing his mom to get panels and his desire to start a foundation is evidence that he is quite proactive. If everyone responds to economic contraction brought on by an energy constrained society by doing nothing and just rolling with it, things will deteriorate in a less controlled way than through a calculated and strategic response to things. I compiled a list of the ten main trends that indicate impeding contraction and would encourage folks interested in the subject to have a look. This is no longer environmental advocacy to save the polar bears -- this is humans entering a pretty interesting time in history in which community and individual resiliency will be the key to maintaining a good life moving ahead. Those who don't plan around impending realities now may not have such a chance to do so later. Also, the Post Carbon Institute and the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy are huge resources online. They are at the forefront of public adaptation movements. Keep it up, guys!

Pete Dronkers - 03/17/2013 1:20:30

Nice Work, Cedar and Alex. You are correct in identifying the problem as very large in scale, and I am in full agreement that there is a line to its proverbial summit. It is not a political crux, or a socio-economic crux, or a moral crux that we have before us. It is a human crux. The hardest move is learning to think of the human population as one organism, so that it can work together in sychronicity, much like how the cells of our organs work together. Nature is full of fractal patterns and what is true on the small scale is true on the large. Einstien said that, "When many similar ideas happen all over the place, at the same time, than we are on the verge of a big idea." google the move "Thrive", keep sharing your ideas and don't ever stop going where your spirit takes you.

Matthias Beebe - 03/15/2013 7:21:04

You all are fu@@#ed up. The guy has a voice and he knows people are listening to him, he may as well speak his mind. If you don't like it you can just keep your mouth shut and watch another video...there's tons of them. I'm impressed with him and with those that bash him for speaking about things he cares about.

Bryan Hayes - 03/15/2013 4:03:14

That is a seriously gorgeous video but I had to mute it. Stick to making climbing videos with witty banter and talk about the actual climbing, not a full 8 minutes of, redundant, political blathering. Spare me.

Amanda - 03/14/2013 10:00:11

Alex should either reexamine the impact of his lifestyle or, like, limit his self-promotion to the rock.

Ryan - 03/14/2013 7:17:35

What a bore. Another blabbering environmentalist. Alex, that is not what you should be talking about. Why? Because you are a person of talent and that is what you should be talking about: climbing.

Nathaniel Rosen - 03/14/2013 5:53:18

Nice presentation, beautiful settings, scenery, very well edited. Thanks!

Richard D - 03/14/2013 4:28:53