Alex Honnold is a total badass.Ted Hessler, The North Face Alex Honnold is one of the most prolific climbers of our time. He is known for free soloing, or climbing without ropes, and became the first person to have ever free soloed El Capitan in Yosemite. He also holds the record with his partner, Tommy Caldwell, for the speed climb of The Nose, also on El Cap, at 1:58:07. He is sponsored by The North Face. A film about his epic ascent of El Cap won—directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi—won an Oscar in February 2019.