Episode 152: Mark Hudon and Max Jones – As Free as Can Be.

Clockwise from top left: The Nose 1976, Jones on the FFA of Enduro Corner, Salathe 1979, Devils Tower 1979.

On Episode 152 of the Enormocast, I realize a stated dream by sitting down in the Oasis Camper Trailer with Mark Hudon and Max Jones. Max and Mark quietly pushed the boundaries of free climbing in the late 70s in Yosemite. Operating under the shadows of the likes of Kauk and Bachar, Jones and Hudon were every bit as visionary on big routes as those superstars. They had a tremendous 5 year run in the Valley and beyond before Max Jones turned his talents to the budding sport of Mountain Biking, and Mark Hudon started searching for something new – eventually ending up with a coffee business in Hood River and then retiring to become a climbing bum again. But several years ago, the buddy movie that was their time together in Yosemite in the 70s got a reboot and they’ve been climbing walls as a team again to this day.

Mark on El Cap Bridge

Mark and Max on South Seas 2012

 

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Episode 151: A Candid Ascent of El Cap.

On Episode 151 of the Enormocast, you, dear listener, join the Enormocast for an ascent of Golden Gate on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Golden Gate is a variation off the Salathe Wall, and as a free climb, the next step up from FreeRider. On May 18th, 2018, Steve Dilk and I blasted off up the Heart Highway for what would become a 7 day ascent of the wall- Steve’s first big wall, and my return to the Captain after 12 years. We encountered rain, pain, and scary climbing, but in the end, eked out an ascent that was not nearly in the style we had planned in terms of free climbing, but hell, we summitted.

Emily Harrington sending that Shit.

Hazel Findlay sending that Shit. 

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Episode 150: Live at 5Point with Brendan Leonard and OG podcaster, Fitz Cahall.

On Episode 150 of the Enormocast, we tape a live one in front of an audience at for the 5Point Film Festival. I invited old friend Brendan Leonard of semi-rad.com to moderate a discussion between myself and Fitz Cahall of The Dirtbag Diaries and Duct Tape Then Beer. Fitz was well into his podcast career when I started, and we’ve both proven to have longevity in the genre, though our approaches and philosophies are quite different. Episode 50 was an interview of myself by Brendan Leonard and 100 episodes later, Brendan returns to talk to both Fitz and I about podcasting, creativity, and of course, climbing.

Brendan’s latest film: How to Run 100 Miles

Duct Tape Then Beer’s latest: Follow Through

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Episode 149: Freddie Wilkinson – Just Stoked to Be There.

On Episode 149 of the Enormocast, I sit down in the Wilkinson Family “Shabin” (shed that became a cabin) with the alpinist and author, Freddie Wilkinson. Freddie is known throughout the land as a super capable and stoked partner, but he’s also got his finger in the pie of many climbing related endeavors besides sending the gnar: writing, films, guiding, and owning a rock gym . Though he’s climbed worldwide, his heart is still right there in the Northeast and the White Mountains. A bit of a journeyman in many disciplines, he’s also added husband and father to his resume in the last few years.

Photo CW from top: Freddie Wilkinson, Kevin Mahoney, Rob Frost.

Freddie’s Website

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Episode 148: Hugh Herr – Never Broken.

On Episode 148, I had the honor and pleasure of talking to Hugh Herr. Hugh was a prodigy rock climber as a kid, and in 1982, at the age of 17, an accident on Mt Washington in New Hampshire changed the course of his life forever, and ironically, perhaps for the better. Hugh and his partner were lost for three days in a storm, and subsequently, Herr lost both legs below the knee to frostbite. He quickly returned to climbing, but when that passion waned, it was replaced by a desire to change the world of bionics and create prosthetic limbs better than the original biological counterpart. Now Hugh, a professor at MIT, is far better known in that field than he ever was as a rock climber.

Hugh’s Ted Talk from 2014

Hugh’s accident and rise.

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