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Free-solo climber Alex Honnold to speak in Austin

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 25, 2014

For fun, Alex Honnold scales huge sheer rock walls - and I do mean huge - without ropes or safety harnesses.

He hangs hundreds of feet off the ground, rapidly scaling bluffs that make my legs quiver just standing on the ground.

The 28-year-old free-solo climber will talk about risk, how he got here and what comes next during an Austin appearance and film screening that’s part of the North Face’s “Never Stop Exploring Tour” on Aug. 23.

“Relativity of Risk,” a film about Honnold, will be shown, and members of the Sender Films and Big Up Productions crew that made it - a harrowing feat in itself - will talk about their experiences. Afterward, Honnold will answer questions from the audience.

The appearance is set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Paramount Stateside, 719 Congress Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m.

General admission is free, reserved seats are $10 and a VIP reception where guests get to meet Honnold and the film crew is $20. All tickets must be reserved online at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries. VIP ticket sales and a portion of reserved ticket sales benefit the Livestrong Survivor Summit.

The North Face Speaker Series is presented by Gore-Tex and sponsored locally by Whole Earth Provision Co.