Date night with @sannimccandless at the Producers Guild Awards for @freesolofilm. My first time wearing a tux (thanks @jaredleto for loaning me one - even if I felt like I was going to rip the seams apart all night). Is a tux something that a man should own or just rent from time to time?
One of the highlights of shooting @freesolofilm was spending 2 weeks in Morocco with @tommycaldwell. We were working on a big free climbing link up of the 3 proudest walls but Tommy spent our rest days finishing his book The Push. I had the pleasure of reading his latest draft on my computer while he polished it up on his computer. As a lifelong Tommy fan I naturally loved his draft, but I didn’t get to read the actual, final book until this week. It’s been my inspiration to come hit the climbing gym each day while I travel with the film. People ask me about inspiration and drive at every Q&A after Free Solo - I draw mine from people like Tommy. If you need something to help you get fired up for a training session you should definitely give it a read... it’s helped me immensely this week. (And also made me miss climbing with Tommy...) @jimmy_chin pic.
Free Solo is coming to IMAX!!! Next week @freesolofilm is opening on something like 100 big, big screens across the country (link in bio for locations/tickets). I just had the pleasure of watching it again on @imax and I have to say it blew my mind. So much more immersive and intense. Definitely the way that El Cap is meant to be seen. I personally will be doing Q&A’s at the AMC Empire in NYC tomorrow at 5:15 and Saturday at 2:30 and 5:15. Anyone around New York City should definitely come check it out. I have to say I was supremely impressed...
I just updated the @honnoldfoundation reading list to include all the books I’ve been reading during my film travels. A lot of time in transit means lots of time to learn (ideally, anyway. A lot of the time I’m just sleeping...). Check out the link in my bio for the complete list from the last few months. I feel like I’ve been on a pretty good streak. Side note - I’d been meaning to update my list for a while but had been feeling too lazy when a stranger in the climbing gym approached me and started chatting about a few of my favorite books off of the list that he’d read. It was just the motivation I needed. Let me know good recommendations, preferably nonfiction. Even more preferably related to the environment or energy.
My 2018 has been dominated by the release of @freesolofilm - it’s been an incredible whirlwind to tour around and support the film and I’ve been humbled by how the film’s been received. But I’m starting to really look forward to a new year of climbing adventures...ready for new challenges... Happy new year, everyone! I hope it’s full of adventure. @jimmy_chin pic.
Yesterday I posted about my new partnership with @rivianofficial and how excited I was that there were more rugged additions coming to the electric vehicle market. I got a lot of comments and messages that questioned the environmental merits of electric vehicles. Normally I ignore most online commentary - I get so many people calling me stupid or crazy that it’s typically better to not wade into the muck. But in this case I care enough to dive in, so here are a few responses to many of the comments yesterday: - Yes, it’s almost always a better choice environmentally to hold onto your existing car than buy a new one. But in this case we mostly use @sannimccandless’s rusted old Subaru for cragging around town and it’s not unlikely that the engine will fall out at some point soon. Cars eventually wear out; new replacements should be electric. - We have solar on our home, so an electric vehicle will be powered by the sun. (Which excites me a little to even write. When you think about how much conflict exists in the world over oil resources it feels pretty freakin’ good to opt out as best I can.) But even in parts of the country where the grid is mostly powered by coal or natural gas an electric car still typically results in fewer emissions than a comparable gas car. And more importantly, the grid all over the world is constantly getting cleaner whereas internal combustion engines have already had more than a hundred years of refinement and are hard to improve much further (consider all the diesel emissions scandals of late…). Electric cars basically get cleaner with time as electricity generation gets cleaner; gas cars will always burn gas. - There are definite impacts to mining lithium or rare earth metals for batteries. But there are also clear impacts to extracting oil and gas or, say, mining for coal by removing entire mountaintops. This issue is almost too complex to discuss in a caption, or at least it deserves it’s own deep dive in a further caption. I strongly encourage everyone to do their own research - I’ve read several books about electric cars/batteries over the years and just did an internet deep dive after seeing the comments from yesterday (cont)
I’ve been wanting to go electric for years now but haven’t felt like there was quite the right option for my lifestyle. I’m so excited that @rivianofficial is making an electric vehicle that’s rugged enough to handle the rough dirt roads that access all my local climbing areas. I know there are a lot of us out there who have been wanting this exact thing. Check out the Rivian page (link in bio) for more details - pretty excited to share more of our collaboration soon. #electricadventure@ben_moon pics.
Slightly over the top? Maybe... but I’m still proud of making the cover of @rockandicemag. Having grown up reading all the climbing mags for inspiration it still feels like an honor to be included in some way. Despite having done press with the BBC and various mainstream media all week I still care the most about the climbing world.