Talking With Alex Honnold’s Mom: The Oldest Woman to Climb El Capitan, Adventure Sports Network, April 16, 2019

To prepare for Lurking Fear, she jumared to Heart Ledges located 1,000 feet up El Cap. When she first tried going up the climbing ropes (often) fixed in place, she found herself 20 feet off the ground and remembers thinking, "what would I do if something happened?”

“I talked myself through the next 5 feet, and then the next 5,” she tells ASN. “I shut off my fears. If you want it badly enough you can talk yourself through anything.”

Alex Honnold, A Soul Freed in ‘Free Solo,’ The New York Times, October 25, 2018

He’s a perfectionist who understands that the achievement of one supreme thing depends on the mastery of a thousand small things. Much of the perfectionism seems to come from his mother, Dierdre Wolownick, a retired French professor for whom, as Honnold puts it, “good enough, isn’t.”

But it’s his mother who also best understands why her son constantly puts his life at risk — and why she doesn’t quarrel with the choice. “When he’s free soloing is when he feels the most alive, the most everything,” she says. “How can you even think about taking that away from somebody?”

Climbing Into Old Age: 7 Senior Climbers Share Their Experience and Advice, Climbing, July 11, 2018

Mother's Day Special: An Interview With 6 Pro Climber Moms, Climbing, May 11, 2017

Learning to Love the Planet, Mountaineer Magazine, Summer 2016