August 18, 2021
Disney+ has greenlighted the three-part National Geographic original docu-series “On the Edge With Alex Honnold.”
In the series, Honnold, subject of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo (now available on Disney+), will embark on his dream of exploring Greenland and summiting its most challenging and remote peaks. Along the way, he will meet the scientists working on the front line of climate change and witness the impacts of the rapid melting for himself.
With an overabundance of virgin climbs, impossible walls, world class and deadly, Greenland is considered the world’s last great climbing frontier and has also become the crucible of the climate crisis. In 2020, 300 billion tons of Greenland ice disappeared, the biggest annual melt in recorded history. As Honnold explores the impact that has had, he and his team will face intimidating icebergs, dangerous moulins (sinkholes on glaciers), difficult rockfalls and ice storms.
His ultimate test will come from Peak 3342, to-date unclimbed and one of the highest peaks in Greenland. Though there’s more exposed rock and less snow and ice, this is uncharted territory.
“I’ve always wanted to climb in Greenland — it has some of the most remote and epic walls in the world. But it’s also being tremendously affected by climate change,” Honnold said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to explore the climbing while also sharing some of the local impacts of climate change with a global audience. Our changing climate is the biggest issue facing humanity and I hope that this will help inspire people to take action.”
Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He is also the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental nonprofit devoted to fighting climate change by promoting solar energy for a more equitable world.