Who is Sanni McCandless?
American social media star, life coach and climber Cassandra Sanni McCandless was born in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, on 30 June 1992, making Cancer her zodiac sign. She’s perhaps known best for her Instagram account, which is currently followed by close to 400,000 people, while she’s uploaded nearly 800 pictures and videos onto the social media network. Most of Sanni’s Instagram content features her during her everyday life, whether she’s climbing rocks, spending time with her baby daughter, or doing yoga in nature.
Education and early life
Sanni and her brother Jamie McCandless were raised in Las Vegas by their parents Jay and Leslie Marijke McCandless; not a lot has been disclosed about Sanni’s family, because she respects their privacy, but it’s believed that her mother’s a housewife, and her father an entrepreneur and gym coach.
Sanni grew up being focused on her education, as she was urged by her parents to one day pursue a college degree. She studied at a local high school in Las Vegas and was into several activities during her time there, including acting with the school’s drama club, playing soccer and running track.
Sanni matriculated in 2010 and then enrolled at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2014.
Sanni’s recently become a rock climbing coach, and it’s believed that she makes over $30,000 a year.
She’s today also a life coach, working for her own company called Sanni McCandless.
Sanni’s also a bit of an actress, having appeared in the 2018 documentary sports movie “Free Solo”, directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and which starred Sanni’s husband Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and Jimmy Chin. It follows Alex as he’s trying to free solo climb El Capitan, which would make him the first person to achieve that.
Sanni also made a guest appearance in a 2020 episode of the biographical series “Motherhood Unstressed”.
When we asked Sanni how she feels about Alex getting back out on raw cliff faces when the price of death is even steeper now, Sanni said that it’s an inevitability she accepted long ago.
— Fatherly (@FatherlyHQ) May 24, 2022
Most popular YouTube videos
Sanni doesn’t have a YouTube channel, but many videos, most of which show her rock climbing, have been posted onto the video sharing service by other users, and some have been watched over 100,000 times. We’re going to cover three of the most viewed videos among these, which’ve contributed to Sanni’s popularity on the internet.
Her #1 video “FREE SOLO Cast and Crew Q&A | TIFF 2018” was uploaded by TIFF Talks on 10 September 2018, and has since been watched close to 420,000 times; it features the cast of “Free Solo” as they’re answering their fans’ questions.
Sanni’s second most popular video “Alex Honnold Talks About The Strain On His Relationship As He Prepared To Climb El Capitan” was uploaded by BUILD Series on 21 September 2018, and has since been watched close to 240,000 times; it features Alex speaking about a serious and difficult conversation which he had to have with Sanni prior to climbing El Capitan.
Her #3 video “”An awesome opportunity to get out of your comfort zone” – Alex Honnold & Sanni Hugo” was uploaded by Olympics on 7 August 2021, and has since been viewed close to 70,000 times; it features Alex and Sanni talking about rock climbing.
Sanni’s active on several other social media networks besides Instagram.
She’s tweeted only six times since the launch of her Twitter account in February 2014, which is why there are only about 120 people following her on this social media network; her most recent update was on 16 October 2014.
Her Facebook page ‘Sanni McCandless Coaching’ is today followed by close to 7,000 people, and her most recent update was on 9 May 2022; she mostly uses Facebook to write about her rock climbing experiences.
Sanni doesn’t have her own TikTok account, but she’s still quite popular on the network as numerous videos featuring her have been uploaded by other users, and all of these together have been watched more than 600,000 times.
Love life and marriage
Sanni wasn’t popular on the internet until she began dating American rock climber Alexander ‘Alex’ Honnold.
The two met during Alex’s book signing in 2015, and began dating only a couple of weeks later; they speak about their relationship in the documentary movie “Free Solo”, and how hard it was for both of them when Alex chose to climb El Capitan. They used their social media accounts to announce that they were engaged on 25 December 2019, and the two married on 13 September 2020, in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members.
Sanni gave birth to their daughter on 17 February 2022, and she can be seen in many of their Instagram pictures and videos.
Sanni hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s perhaps dated, she’s married to Alex Honnold as of March 2023, and they have a daughter together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Sanni’s mother-in-law Dierdre Wolownick became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan at the age of 66, and broke her own record at the age of 70.
Sanni’s physically highly active, and besides rock climbing enjoys slacklining, playing various sports with her friends and working out at the gym.
She’s passionate about travelling and has gone on a number of road trips with her husband, while her dream travel destination’s Barcelona, Spain.
Summer is Sanni’s favorite season, as she can take part in numerous activities which she wouldn’t be able to do during winter.
She used her Instagram account to share the progress of her pregnancy with her fans.
Sanni likes to watch Hollywood movies and her favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Julia Roberts and Helena Bonham Carter, and some of her favorite films include the trilogy “The Godfather”, “The Runaway Bride” and “Fight Club”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Sanni’s age is 30. Her eyes are blue and hair is blonde, is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighs around 120lbs (56kgs).
Sanni’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million, as of March 2023.