Honnold solar Aid projects more important than 9a's

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Wednesday, 11 December

Alex Honnold started Honnold Foundation, focusing on Solar Aid, in 2013. One reason was simply to bring important issues to the world rather than to only have interviews about death and risk-taking. "The foundation is based in Salt Lake City. One of the really good things about the film is that fundraising is easier. Next year we will give away 1 million dollars. We have been trying to focus on the Americas again. We continue to support Ethiopia and East Africa but now more in countries like Puerto Rico. I'd like to climb harder grades but I don't think I will only focus on that because I find it slightly boring. I have done so many crazy expeditions, travel, work with my foundation. I am doing so many other things so sport climbing is kind of pleasure for me. I know I will never be a great sport climber. You know what I mean. People onsight as hard as my hardest grades. That is not my contribution to climbing but there are other places where I feel I can contribute to. I like a little bit of everything and part of it is that it is fun to be a beginner. I like the steep learning curve. You start with something new and you learn quickly. For me alpinism always feels that way. Part of the best thing is feeling like you improve. This is one of the most satisfying things in climbing but as you get better it is harder and harder to improve." In the future, getting older, he might continue the family tradition getting a professor degree. As we stop the interview, Alex immediately tries to follow up who has the next interesting talk at the Nobel Week Dialogue, in Göteborg. - You know, tonight we are flying to Stockholm in a private plane and I will be at the Nobel Prize ceremony possibly talking with some of the prize winners and your king. That would be cool.

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