What does Honnolding mean in rock climbing?

Positioning yourself upright on a slim ledge while your back is against the wall

Honnolding is a slang that has its roots in the climbing community. It describes a specific pose of standing on a ledge with your back against the wall. This term took birth from a stance that the globally recognized climber Alex Honnold struck for a National Geographic cover photo.

The popularity of this term skyrocketed when the cover photo was shared, and other climbers started adopting this pose. They shared their own versions of ‘Honnolding’ on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, often using the hashtag #honnolding.

A notable mention would be Jimmy Chin, a close associate of Alex. He was the one who captured the original ‘Honnolding’ shot. Jimmy Chin also went ahead to co-direct “Free Solo”, a documentary that showcased Alex’s daring climb up El Capitan, without the aid of ropes or harnesses.

Example for using ‘Honnolding’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen that new National Geographic cover?

Yeah, I saw it! That guy is Honnolding!

Haha, I know right! It looks so cool. I wish I could do that.

Me too! Let’s go find a narrow ledge and try it ourselves. #honnolding