Dierdre Wolownick: A Talk With Alex Honnold’s Mom


Dierdre Wolownick: A Talk With Alex Honnold's Mom

Deirdre – Alex Honnold’s mom gives great Advice – Uncensored Talk:

Get ready to be inspired by the incredible Deirdre Wolownick! Not only is she the mother of Alex Honnold, one of the world’s most accomplished rock climbers, but she also has a life filled with impressive achievements. 

From speaking five languages fluently to conducting an orchestra for four years, playing multiple instruments, and even being the oldest woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, she truly is a force to be reckoned with.

In this episode, Deirdre shares her unique perspective on parenting a child with passions that are out of the norm. She’ll reveal her secrets on how to strike the perfect balance of courage and trust to help your child achieve their full potential. 

You won’t want to miss her insights on raising children to be resilient, confident, and fearless in the pursuit of their dreams. So, tune in and get ready to be motivated and inspired!

four different photos of climber Alex Honnold and Dierdre Wolownick (His Mom)
  • Raising a Rock Climbing Superstar: A Mother’s Story with Dierdre
    [00:00:00 – 00:07:30]
  • The Story of “Not the Usual Athlete’s Mom” 
    [00:07:31 – 00:10:55]
  • Climbing the Heights: A Parent’s Perspective on Raising Exceptional Children  
    [00:10:56 – 00:17:05]
  • Climbed El Cap for 70th Birthday: A Journey of Adventure and Celebration 
    [00:17:06 – 00:21:40]
  • Navigating Parenthood for Exceptional Children: Finding the Balance Between Fear and Ignorance 
    [00:21:41 – 00:27:09]
  • From Conducting Orchestras to Climbing Mountains: A Versatile Life 
    [00:27:10 – 00:29:16]

Resources mentioned in this episode:

the sharp end of life, a mother's story poster by Dierdre Wolownick

Climbing into Life: The Dierdre Wolownick Story, a movie about her life, is coming out soon.

A Rock Climber Mom Story: A Chat With Dierdre Wolownick, Alex Honnold’s Mom


“Protecting someone from their passion is the wrong way to go. It only generates fear and limits their potential.” – Dierdre

“Our main goal as parents is to make ourselves obsolete and make our children not need us or anybody anymore.” – Dierdre

“For an exceptional child, normal has no meaning. As a parent, you have to turn off what all those normal people are telling you and just not give it any credence whatsoever.” – Dierdre



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