Renowned rock climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, known for their incredible feats and captivating dynamic, are embarking on their most challenging adventure yet: a long-distance bicycle journey.
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The duo, often referred to as climbing’s odd couple, recently announced their plan to cycle from Colorado to Alaska, covering a distance of approximately 2,000 miles. This extraordinary expedition will not only involve cycling but also incorporate climbing objectives and an exploration of the impact of climate change on the environment.
“A couple days ago Alex and I set off on what I think is likely to become our biggest adventure (at least in terms of calorie expenditure) to date. We are biking, climbing and sailing our way from my home in Colorado to Alaska.”
Caldwell further explained their intention to pass through environmentally sensitive areas, emphasizing the need to immerse themselves deeply in nature to foster a greater love and understanding of the planet.
“We have some ambitious climbing objectives, and we’ll be passing through a bunch of environmentally sensitive areas. I figure if you want to learn to love the planet enough to find ways to protect it, sometimes you need to immerse yourself in it as deeply as possible.”
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Their upcoming journey to Alaska will be filmed, with the documentary tentatively titled “The Last Frontier with Alex Honnold.” During the Sheffield DocFest in the U.K., Honnold revealed that the cycling tour would culminate in a challenging climb in Alaska. National Geographic executives, present at the event, discussed their collaboration with Honnold on several upcoming documentaries. The duo’s previous adventures have captivated audiences through two major documentaries: “A Line Across the Sky,” which documented their traverse of the Fitzroy range in Patagonia, and “Cuddle,” which showcased their epic enchainment in Rocky Mountain National Park.
While a release date for the documentary is yet to be announced, Honnold and Caldwell are currently focused on the present adventure. Honnold shared on Twitter that they spent their first week “route finding through the Wyoming plains.” In a video shared by Caldwell on Instagram, the duo can be seen encountering a coiled rattlesnake on the trail, with Honnold jokingly recounting the snake’s attempt to strike Caldwell.
The forthcoming documentary will undoubtedly showcase the incredible physical and mental endurance of Honnold and Caldwell, as well as their commitment to exploring the natural world and raising awareness about environmental issues. As they embark on this new chapter of their adventurous lives, fans and outdoor enthusiasts eagerly await the release of their latest film, which promises to inspire and captivate audiences once again.
Last week @tommycaldwell1 & I set off on a pretty mega adventure… We’re biking from Tommy's house in Colorado up to Alaska while climbing a few big walls along the way. The first week involved quite a bit of route finding through the Wyoming plains. pic.twitter.com/r3kHyK80Bw
— Alex Honnold (@AlexHonnold) July 10, 2023