Episode 103: Stacy Bare- All We Need is Love, Climbing.

Photos: Abazar Khayemi

On Episode 103, I sit down with dad, husband, climber, skier, and Iraq War vet, Stacy Bare. Stacy is fresh off a trip to Angola with Alex Honnold, but he wants you to know that he’s really not a very good climber. Not good at all. So why did Honnold agree to go to Angola with him? Because he asked. Stacy found climbing while dancing on the edge of the void with booze, cocaine, and thoughts of suicide. The focus of climbing and the community around it brought him back from that edge, and his wife and child, Wilder, have kept him on stable footing ever since. Also, his day job leading kids, veterans, and so many others in the outdoors helps his stoke immensely. Oh, and lets talk about clearing landmines by hand while we’re at it.

Veteran Outreach at Sierra Club Outdoors

Stacy’s old job clearing ordinance with the Halo Trust

 

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Episode102: Rebecca Rusch – Once a Climber, Always a Climber.

Peering into the past at Rebecca Rusch on the 2nd ascent of Bermuda Dunes, El Capitan.

On Episode 102 of the Enormocast, I sit down with long time friend and badass endurance athlete, Rebecca Rusch. Reba, as her friends call her (thanks to me), AKA The Queen of Pain, is known world wide for her feats on her mountain bike, but she was a climber first. After so much success in the realm of endurance mountain biking, including four Leadville 100 solo titles and more World Championships than you can shake a $20,000 dollar carbon fiber frame at, Reba still considers climbing her first love. One day, she will return to the fold and probably dominate climbing in some way, just like she has in so many of her athletic paths. This one is actually about walking away from climbing. Unheard of, I know.

Rebecca’s Website

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Episode 101: Justin Wood – Problem Solver.

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On Episode 101 of the Enormocast, I sit down with SLC local, Justin Wood. Justin is a guy who has deep roots in the Salt Lake climbing scene but has traveled the world as a dirtbag and a van bum. Never one to let a job get in the way of a good road trip, Justin managed the vagabond climber lifestyle until pursuing a heady degree in Math finally settled him back down in the city and canyons of his youth. Now Justin is trying to be a matur-ish adult between trips and developing boulders in his home areas, even giving back as a activist on the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.

Justin is also a vegan who crushes. 

The OTHER Justin Wood.

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Episode 100: Tommy Caldwell – Adventure Addict.

PhotoFunia-1457420771On Episode 100 of the Enormocast, I get a little help from my friends to celebrate my entire catalog – 100! YEAH, DAWG! –  and we then get down to an epic convo with man of the hour, and climber of the ages, Tommy Caldwell. Tommy talks inspiration, professionalism, and the ups and downs of life in the spotlight. He gets down to brass tacks about the Dawn Wall, and all it has meant to him professionally and personally. We also run down a series of equally amazing feats that nobody but us climbers noticed, including putting up two of the other hardest big walls in the world . Now that he’s super famous among the non-climbing civies, Tommy’s future is unknown, but he likes it that way.

The big-bad pitch 15 doesn’t look too hard in this video…just sayin’.

A Teenie-tiny write up on the Dihedral Wall. 

A Nice Write-up of Magic Mushroom in a day by Matt Samet.

 

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Episode 99- Libby Sauter – Life on the Short Fix.

The Many Faces of Libby Sauter.

On Episode 99 of the Enormocast, I sit down in yet another seedy hotel with speed climber and former YOSAR member, Libby Sauter. Libby takes her adventure way beyond climbing as a nurse, often flying to far off locals with the Novick Cardiac Alliance. She cut her climbing teeth on the legendary Yosemite Search and Rescue team, and before long was speeding up The Nose in less time than it takes you to binge watch 5 episodes of Breaking Bad. Along with Mayan Smith-Gobat, Libby owns the women’s speed record on The Nose at 4:43! Always smiling, never whining (almost), Libby is carrying the torch for adventure climbing and begging us to follow.

Mayan and Libby sending the Nose.

Libby is also a sic slack-liner (but we won’t hold that against her!).

Inspired by Libby? Consider giving a little somethin’ somethin’ to the Novick Cardiac Alliance to help keep her in scrubs.

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