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Alex Honnold Explains Why You Should Go Hiking

Along with Jim Zellers, the two top hikers explain the pros to getting out in nature

Hiking doesn’t have to be intimidating, it’s really just a fancy name for “walking in nature.” Jim Zellers and Alex Honnold have some great advice for first-time hikers, where they discuss things to consider and how to approach hiking.

Intro to Hiking

Alex Honnold

The most accomplished rock climber of our time, Honnold’s free-solo ascents of America’s biggest walls have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working athlete, he’s known as much for his humble, self-effacing attitude as he is for his climbs.

Even after all the fame, sponsorships and commercials, Alex lives as simply as possible. He founded the Honnold Foundation as an extension of that ethic. The environmental non-profit aims to reduce environmental impact and address inequality by supporting solar energy initiatives worldwide.

Jim Zellers

Jim Zellers is a pro snowboarder who’s been there from beginning, establishing the sport in Tahoe after being banished to Slide Mountain and Donner Ski Ranch, exploring Alaska in the early days and leading snowboarding mountaineering expeditions around the world. Jim’s first snowboard descents include Mt. McKinley. Nepal’s Pumori, New Zealand’s Mt. Cook, Africa’s Mt. Kenya, and, Yosemite’s Half Dome.

He grew up in Cupertino, California, making trips to Tahoe through his childhood (and first sliding sideways on a $49.95 bindingless Tom Sims Ski Board in 1978) until he eventually moved to Truckee at age 18.

While attending the University of Nevada, Reno, Jim started rock climbing and soon combined it with his passion for snowboarding to venture deeper into the Range of Light and beyond. Jim has supported himself as a construction worker, a furniture maker, a commercial stuntman, a pro snowboarder and now as the founder of High Camp, an internal branding and culture building company.