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Audio Recording for TED Radio Hour: Interview with Alex Honnold

By August 6, 2019November 14th, 2019Audio, Blog

Tahoe Production House was contacted by NPR to record some audio for Alex Honnold for their TED Radio Hour program.  We always love working with Alex, he is such a down to earth guy.  Martin Shears, head Engineer for TPH, recorded in his home studio for this one to create a nice relaxing space for the interview.  NPR Skype’d in from DC, and their engineer was in Berkley.  The interview came together very nicely!

Alex Honnold: How Much Can Preparation Mitigate Risk?


Alex Honnold (born August 17, 1985) is an American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls.

He is the only person to free solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park[1] and holds the fastest ascent of the Yosemite triple crown, an 18-hour, 50-minute link-up of Mount Watkins, The Nose, and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome.[2] Honnold says he likes tall, long routes and that he tries to do them quickly.[3] He is the author (with David Roberts) of the memoir Alone on the Wall (2017) and the subject of the 2018 biographical documentary Free Solo, which won a BAFTA and an Academy Award.

Honnold says he is inspired by such climbers as Peter Croft, John Bachar and Tommy Caldwell, and even more by beautiful sites like El Capitan.[3]


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