Jeff Middlebrook: Alex Honnold greatest athlete in human history |

Jeff Middlebrook: Alex Honnold greatest athlete in human history

While soaking in the meditation pool at Sierra Hot Springs earlier this week with my lady-love, I had an animated discussion with a woman who is a former rock climber like me.

As we compared notes of all the Yosemite routes we climbed, I brought up some of the routes I free-soloed back in the day, and of course that led to me mentioning Alex Honnold (known simply as Alex to those of us in the know).

That’s when the former woman climber echoed what I’ve been saying about Alex ever since he free-soloed the classic standard route on Half Dome back in 2008 and I predicted he would free-solo El Cap, and that when (not if) he did he would become the greatest athlete in human history.

Well in June of 2017, Alex did become the greatest athlete in human history, no debate!

Alex has literally trivialized every other athlete and athletic endeavor in the entire history of humanity, and he has liberated me from ever caring about or being impressed by any other athletic endeavor. Baseball, football, skiing, triathlons, marathons, basketball, soccer, hockey, car racing, etc? Boring!

After the greatest ever, everything else is banal!

Jeff Middlebrook


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