AUTHOR APPEARANCE BY RECORD-SETTING SENIOR ATHLETE AND MOTHER OF FAMED FREE SOLO ROCK CLIMBER ALEX HONNOLD
DIERDRE WOLOWNICK-HONNOLD summited Yosemite’s El Capitan when she was 66, setting a record as the oldest woman to accomplish that treacherous climb.
In The Sharp End of Life: A Mother’s Story, Wolownick shares her life journey from confused young wife and busy but lonely mother to confident middle-aged athlete. Dierdre brings the reader along as she finds new strength, happiness, and community in the outdoors -- and a life of learning, acceptance, and spirit.
Dierdre Wolownick’s daughter Stasia inspired her to start running at age 54. She completed several marathons, and when she was 58, her son Alex – the first and only person to free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan - led her on her first rock climb. A world of friendship and support suddenly opened up to her within the climbing “tribe,” culminating in her record-setting ascent of El Cap with her son.
Wolownick is a native New Yorker and has lived and worked in many parts of the world. Her award-winning writing has appeared in books and magazines world-wide. She appeared in the 2019 Academy Award-winning documentary “Free Solo,” about her son Alex. She recently retired from a teaching career and continues to be a motivational speaker and a performing musician.