When 'Free Solo' was released near the end of 2018, it was a scary watch, to see a man play chicken with death while climbing he granite mountain of El Capitan, without any ropes to stop his fall. The documentary movie was, in a way, a show of an extreme athlete, hell-bent on doing the one thing he always dreamed of.
The movie was both a triumphant feat and also a cautionary tale to people who want to imitate the feat. Not everyone is built the way Alex Honnold is, and the directors of the movie did their best in showing the impact such an endeavor will present itself in the personal life of the people attempting the feat and the family they leave behind if they fail.
Watch: Free Solo showed a death defying climb and the consequences for the family
One way the film drove the point home is by showing Alex’s girlfriend, Sanni McCandless, who was supportive of her boyfriend’s need to conquer the almost 1-kilometer long granite monolith and also scared out of her mind of what could happen even a single thing went wrong. Throughout the movie, we were scared for Alex even though we knew he made it, and at that moment came to the realization what Sanni must be feeling every second of every day he is away. Now the couple is engaged, to be married, it is only going to get harder for Sanni McCandless to see her future husband, teasing death.
How did Alex Honnold and His Girlfriend Sanni McCandless Meet?
Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless met for the first time during a book signing in Seattle. Source: Instagram
Alex was living out of his van, and the climber was not so hot about starting a relationship because people could not keep up with his living style and schedule. It was hard to be in a relationship with someone who lived in a van and moved from place to place just so he could climb mountains.
The Free Solo star talked about his difficulty in finding a person willing to take on the schedule of his life, but in 2015 when he was in Seattle, he found the person who was willing to take him for the life he was living. Sanni McCandless and Alex Honnold met for the first time in November of 2015 when Alex was in Seattle to sign books he wrote.
Alex and Sanni started dating soon after their first meeting in the later part of 2015. Source: Instagram
Sanni McCandless knew Alex was cute, and she also loved the book he wrote, which resulted in her going to the book signing event with her friend. The two got their and Alex signed their books, and before she left the event, Sanni wrote her number down and gave it to Alex. According to her, one of Alex’s friend came over and said the climber was geeking out over getting a phone number from a cute girl.
Nothing came off the first meeting, but about three weeks later, when Alex was back in Seattle for the final leg of his book tour, he texted Sanni, and the two set up a dinner date. They started dating soon after and are still together.
Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless got Engaged – Is Sanni Alex Hannold’s Wife?
Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless are together for over four years now. Source: Instagram
Though the couple went through some rough patches, in the beginning, they worked through it all, and one of the major reasons for their successful relationship was because they sync their calendars all the time. This way, they can make time for one another, and there is not a massive gap in communication and meeting between the two.
Alex and Sanni also said they travel together and try to be best in their own field while respecting the other’s interests. Alex said Sanni was trying to fall in love with climbing, and she used to tell him to be with a girl who knew how to climb better than her. But he did not want that, so they make it their whole thing about staying on their own thing and doing most of all other activities together.
Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless announced their engagement on 26 December 2019. Source: Instagram
Alex and Sanni seem to be making the best of their relationship and are in sync with what they want with their lives. The couple recently announced their engagement on 26 December 2019 with both sharing on their Instagram page about the coupling.
They seem to be happy doing what they are doing right now, but with a little more commitment now. All of their friends and fans were happy about the engagement. The couple did not announce a marriage date, but Alex would be looking to make Sanni his wife, pretty soon.