Episode 138: Heidi Wirtz – The Long Game.

On Episode 138 of the Enormocast, I sit down with my old friend, Heidi Wirtz. Heidi came up in climbing rock and ice in the hard-knocks backwater of Crested Butte, CO. She learned to take chances but never take money for climbing. After committing fully to the dirtbag lifestyle, Heidi nevertheless soon found herself wanting a way to pay for climbing in the greater ranges and tiptoeing into becoming a pro-climber. But her mentors in CB forgave her, and Heidi Wirtz has since become one of the most stick-with-it trad climbers and pros out there. Her love of Yoga has allowed Heidi to combine her passions in the company Earth Play Retreats offering guided climbing and Yoga adventures around the world. Trad and rad to the core, Heidi-Almighty is a lifer.

Trailer from a video Heidi and I were in.

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Episode 137: Carlo Traversi – Beyond Bouldering.

On Episode 137 of the Enormocast, I sit down in a glass room with boulderer, sport climber, and secret trad-head, Carlo Traversi. Though mostly known for very very hard bouldering, Carlo’s humble beginnings, like many, started in a gym and with a dusting of trad credentials. But once he tasted hard bouldering – ironically on  NOLS course – his own course was set for the next decade as he found himself humping pads up into the dawn of RMNP alpine pebble wrestling.  But recently, at the top of his bouldering game, he found himself longing for new challenges, and now Carlo wants to bring that five-move-Kung Fu to the trad and big wall world.

The Triple 14 Challenge

Q & A with Carlo

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Episode 136: Shelma Jun – A Better Way.

Photos: Top Sasha Turrentine, Left Julie Ellison, Right Chris Vultaggio

On Episode 136 of the Enormocast, I sit down beside the Popo Agie River in Lander, Wyoming at the International Climbers Festival with Shelma Jun. Shelma somewhat accidentally started FlashFoxy, which after beginning as a humble Instagram account among friends, morphed into an advocacy movement for women’s climbing. Shelma then added the Women’s Climbing Festival to part of the FlashFoxy community and woke up as a full blow culture warrior. Level headed and not reactionary, Shelma lays out a list of issues she sees as oppressive to woman in climbing – many seem like minor slights but add up as a whole that is affecting women negatively. Shelma and Flashfoxy attempt to simply create space where women can feel safe to express themselves and climb as one of the gals instead of the one of the guys. The talk with Shelma is a call to the climbing community to be better at treating each other with respect and be welcoming to climbers of all genders, colors, and abilities.

Never Not Collective

Within Reach Film

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Episode 135: Arno Ilgner – Climbing Deep.

On Episode 135 of the Enormocast, I sit down with author and trainer, Arno Ilgner. Arno is probably most famous for his book, The Rock Warrior’s Waybut he is also known for his fearsome routes in the Southeast and beyond. Ilgner found himself at a crossroads 22 years ago and unsatisfied with just climbing and working, and he began a study of mental training that lead him to creating a program for climbers to harness fear, be attentive, climb better, and live more fulfilling lives. Now two decades later, The Warriors Way has become legendary for taking beginners to some of the best climbers around and shaping them into better and more satisfied climbers. Open your mind to one of the deeper convos the Enormocast has encountered in a long while, and let Arno lay some knowledge on you to help keep those shakes at bay.

The Warriors Way Website

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Episode 134: Graham Zimmerman – Both Sides of the Lens.

On Episode 134, I sit down with alpinist and filmmaker, Graham Zimmerman. Graham has found the magic mix of working in the outdoor industry and still getting to go on trip after trip to the high alpine. The secret is working both sides of the lens as a crack mountaineer and a dedicated film auteur. Despite his relatively young age, Graham imparts sage advice on how to get into making outdoor films and how to live, love, and learn in the big mountains, and he’s learned from the best, like recent Enormocast guest, Steve Swenson. And while he is as serious about climbing as an Olde E shortage in Camp 4, Graham can still laugh at our idiotic sport.

Graham’s Website

Above the Fray

Engaging the Curve

 

 

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