The Making of Tommy Caldwell


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Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 22, 2013 - 12:43am PT

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:16am PT
Yet another thread about climbing.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Thanks 10b. Very nice. Fun too to see the old man. We knew him back in the late sixties and early seventies.

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:25am PT
that was so good.

thanks for posting.


Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:43am PT
A truly inspirational climber!

How DARE you put climbing content on here.

more political in fighting is what stupor topo needs...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:45am PT
What are those granite peaks in Pakistan at 3:38?

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 22, 2013 - 02:17am PT
I believe those are the drone strike towers vitaly

Jan 22, 2013 - 02:46am PT
very cool video, thanks for posting that link.

Cardiff by the sea
Jan 22, 2013 - 09:12am PT
The guy is a class act! Parents with small children should take note.

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 22, 2013 - 09:20am PT

Social climber
boulder co
Jan 22, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
That's badass, thanks for posting it. I think i read somewhere that he was 8 when he did the diamond?

Jan 23, 2013 - 05:15pm PT

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jan 23, 2013 - 07:32pm PT

I had the great pleasure to climb with Tommy's dad Mike in the late 1980's at Lumpy Ridge, Devil's Tower and in Josh. I have fond memories of climbing Kor's route "Mr. President" (devious, deceptive, never does what you think it should...) and routes on the Crescent Wall. We did many others too, but those stick in my mind...

Mike led me up Two Moons Over Hewlett on the Tower one time, leapfrogging a few tcu's all the way, so when my turn came to follow there was no gear on the pitch!

I think Tommy was in diapers then.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 23, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
anybody on here climb with Tommy?

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2013 - 01:15am PT
He belayed Tommy when he climbed the Nose, and the Salathe in one day

Social climber
Jan 24, 2013 - 01:42am PT
Love the choices he was given, and the subsequent path and lessons.

Speaks volumes - thanks for the link.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jan 24, 2013 - 02:38am PT
What a great profile. Thanks for sharing that.

Would love to read the hostage TR. Holy sh!t.


Trad climber
Denver, Colorado
Jan 24, 2013 - 04:52pm PT

Those granite peaks are not in Pakistan. They're in Kyrgyzstan. From left to right they are Peak 4810, Peak 1000 Years of Russian Christianity, and Kotina. Together they form the dividing ridge between the Ak Su valley and the Kara Su valley in the Karavshin region of the country. In summer 2012 my buddy Pete and I made the first alpine-style enchainment of all three peaks by that striking ridge line. We climbed hammerless and all free over four days. We call it the Clear Water Traverse. Probably 10,000 feet of climbing up to 5.11, plus about 50 rappels. The rappelling was epic.

The shots in the movie were probably taken from Russian Tower, yet another beautiful tower in the area that's home to an incredible 800m crack line called Perestroika Cracks. Google it. It's as good as it looks in the photos.

The Karavshin is an unbelievably beautiful place. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes splitter granite and sunny skies.

Tommy is the man.

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jan 24, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
sweet tfpu
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 24, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Cool video. I loved seeing the photos of Tommy and his dad. What great role models, both of them; correction, the three of them. Tommy's mom is awesome too.

But just because you take your kid climbing doesn't mean she's going to take to it. Every child has to find her own way; there is only one Tommy Caldwell.

That video is awesome, actually. Dude comes across as a class act too.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 24, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Thank you for the post superjosh! Is there a lot pf potential for FAs? Or is it climbed out by locals?

Trad climber
Jan 24, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
I really enjoyed that.

I met Tommy for the 1st time 3 months ago, in Curry Village.

He was alone, and since I always admired his ethics and style, I overcame some inhibitions and just went up and introduced myself.

He probably thought I was a tourist, being over twice his age, with the white hair and all.

After chatting briefly, he mentioned that he knew right away that I was a climber by looking at my hands, since I had just got off a few hard off-widths.

I had a very good first impression of him.

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 24, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Great post, thanks!

Gym climber
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:32am PT
"Pssssbt, this isn't really that big of a deal ..."

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