This Pro Climber Lives Close to the Cliffs in a Ford Van
Meet Alex Honnold. The 28-year-old professional rock climber has made headlines for his daring free-solo ascents of some of America’s most dangerous peaks sans ropes or harness. Incredible stuff no doubt, but we’re a bit more interested in his unique home on wheels. This is Honnold’s Ford Econoline van, which might not be the place you’d expect an all-star athlete with movie appearances and big-brand sponsorships to rest his head, but for the Sacramento native who bills his lifestyle as a “dirtbag-climber," it’s the closest thing to living on the side of the mountain.
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In the rear of the inconspicuous Econoline, Honnold has affixed living quarters, complete with a bed, countertop, cooking range, and enough storage space to tuck away the bulkiest gear. With the back doors open, Honnold can pull out an oversized drawer, filled mostly with shoes, chalk, and climbing implements we wouldn’t know what to do with. Larger tools and coils of ropes find themselves stowed above and behind the wheel wells.
After a long day cranking up the rock face, Alex kicks back on his cot, usually with a book in tow – the van doesn’t have a TV. But that isn’t to say it is short on amenities.
Honnold’s cabinet holds his propane cooktop, a battery to power all his gadgets – linked to solar panels on the roof, as well as a five-gallon water jug and enough Clif bars to fuel his climbs.
Its best feature might be the view. Given Honnold’s mobility, one morning he could wake up facing a view of Yosemite’s Half Dome, the next day he could watch the sunset over the Hong Kong Phooey climb in southeast Utah. You can learn more about Honnold at his website.
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Source: Outside Online