Podcast: Over The Popcorn Bowl – Season 1 – Episode 9 – ‘Free Solo’

Seniors discuss documentary about Alex Honnold


Featuring the “Free Solo” movie poster, a digitally constructed image by Amanda Hare introduces episode nine of the “Over the Popcorn Bowl” podcast. In this episode, seniors Gabriella Winans, Alyssa Clark, Christi Norris and Hare discuss the “Free Solo” documentary. The documentary follows Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb the El Capitan mountain without any ropes.

This article was updated Jan. 26 to include the podcast.

In their ninth episode of their podcast “Over the Popcorn Bowl,” seniors Christi Norris, Amanda Hare, Gabriella Winans and Alyssa Clark discuss the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo.” This documentary came out in 2018, and it covers the rope-free climb of Alex Honnold, who was 21 at the time, on El Capitan in June of 2017. El Capitan is a 3,000-foot mountain made of sheer granite in Yosemite National Park. Honnold is a free-solo climber, which means he climbs mountains with no gear or equipment. There has been no known attempt to free solo this mountain until Honnold.

Topics Discussed:

Alex Honnold

Jimmy Chin

El Capitan



Sanni McCandless


Christi: 100/10 (Yes, it’s that great)

Amanda: 5/10

Gabriella: 8/10

Alyssa: 8/10