Incredible. Insane. Insufferably nerve-wracking.

No, that’s not a description of the Free Solo documentary but the three words that would accompany Alex Honnold’s Tinder profile, if he had one. Or, come to think of it, if he had any idea what it was.

Alex put his girlfriend through emotional hell during filming for his documentary. Not only did he attempt a climb that many others labelled as “impossible” but he did so without showing any emotion.

So, are Alex and his girlfriend still together?

Honnold peers over the edge of Taft Point, across the Yosemite Valley from the granite escarpment known as El Capitan.
Honnold peers over the edge of Taft Point, across the Yosemite Valley from the granite escarpment known as El Capitan.

Who is Alex Honnold’s girlfriend?

Alex Honnold‘s girlfriend is called Sanni McCandless – we know, cute name!

The 26-year-old from Seattle studied psychology at university and worked in marketing before moving on to become a certified life coach.

An avid outdoor enthusiast and rock climber, Sanni met Alex in 2015 at a book signing event he was hosting.

Following a brief spell of dating, the pair moved in together in 2017. Well, into Alex’s caravan that is, which is documented on Free Solo.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Alex Honnold (L) and Sanni McCandless attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Why Sanni has the patience of a saint!

For anyone who has was watched Free Solo, they would have done with soaked pits and aggressively chewed nails.

The 100-minute documentary is truly gripping, as nerve-wracking and stressful as it is entertaining.

Now imagine having a strong emotional connection to the man who is clutching to a 2,000 ft rock with no safety harness, helmet and would 110% instantly die.

It’s safe to say that if Sanni managed to see herself through Alex’s free solo ascent of El Capitan then all other related problems should be plain sailing.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – SEPTEMBER 27: Alex Honnold (L) and Sanni McCandless (R) attend the screening of “Free Solo” at the 2018 LA Film Festival at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Film Independent)

Is Alex Honnold still with his girlfriend?


Alex and Sanni are still going strong. Since Free Solo’s claim at the Oscar’s, the pair are more fittingly known as the ‘climber couple’.

The pair moved into a house together in Las Vegas although they still primarily live out of a van while climbing across the USA and the world.

Alex told Review Journal in January 2019:

The whole point of the van life was to be able to climb full time. The beauty of Vegas is that I can take showers and cook home meals and be close to my climbing; it’s the best of both worlds.

What happened to Brad Gobright?

November 28th 2019 brought with it some tragic news that Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless’s friend Brad Gobright passed away.

Alex took to Instagram to pay tribute to his friend and wrote: “He was such a warm, kind soul – one of a handful of partners that I always loved spending a day with.”

Brad was climbing in the El Potrero Chico area near Monterrey, Mexico when he accidentally fell to his death.

Sanni wrote in an Instagram post: “I’ll miss his sideways smile, his never-ending supply of amazing memes, the way he kept Alex on his toes and provided motivating competition…”


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