Episode 90: Peter Metcalf- Big Peaks and High Stakes.


PM on the Evolution Traverse. Photo: Kolin Powick

On Episode 90 of the Enormocast, I sit down across the table from Peter Metcalf, CEO and founder of Black Diamond. Peter discovered his love of the mountains on the East Coast but quickly found himself in the Alaska range testing his teenage mettle against the Last Frontier’s gnarliest peaks. After sating his youthful obsession with a proud ascent of the Southeast Spur of Mt Hunter, Peter found himself under the tutelage of Yvon Chouinard and at the helm of Chouinard Equipment and then desperately cobbling together Black Diamond from its rubble. Now Peter continues to climb, ski, guide BD, and fight the good fight against the exploitation of our beloved wild lands and climbing areas.

Another look at Peter’s Mt Hunter Ascent

More about Peter

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Episode 89: Emily Harrington- On Top o’ the World.

Emily on the ground after her ascent of Golden Gate on El cap and showing off the price she paid in the Monster Offwidths.

Emily showing off the price she paid in the Monster Offwidths on El Cap. Photo: James Lucas

On Episode 89 of the Enormocast, I sit down in an undisclosed location in Salt Lake City with Colorado climber and Everest sumiteer, Emily Harrington. Emily came storming out of the gym as a “kid” and took down many of Rifle’s hardest as a teenager. But unlike many of her compatriots, she aspires to become a legit high altitude mountaineer, and already has a free El Cap ascent under her belt after only three years of trad climbing. Emily is quietly building the skill set to become one of the best all-arounders in the game. From 5.14 to 8000 meters, this girl wants to do it all.

Emily’s website and Makalu Portal

Emily’s Athlete Page on Facebook




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Episode 88: Chris McNamara- Living the Ever Changing Dream.

FullSizeRenderOn Episode 88, I return to the Mobile Studio with SuperTopo founder and El Cap Ace, Chris McNamara. Chris started early with an obsession for the big stone, and moved on to a life of adventure in business, in the sky, and around the world. Never one to wait for opportunity to come to him, Chris took inspiration from the Golden Age when so many Yosemite climbers went on to success as entrepreneurs, adventurers, scientists, and beyond. He has climbed El Cap nearly 100 times, founded two successful online companies, and pioneered wingsuit jumping in the US. Psyche is not in short supply with Chris in the studio.

Why Chris walked away from wingsuit flying.

Chris’ Website.

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Episode 87: Madaleine Sorkin- Become What You Are.

Mads having a fleeting moment of fun between the gnar on Mt Proboscis.

Mads all smiles on Mt Proboscis with Kate Rutherford and Emily Stifler Wolf.

On Episode 87 of the Enormocast, after some serious cajoling, I sit down in the Mobile Studio with my friend Madaleine Sorkin. A self-professed quiet and closed person, Madaleine is remarkably frank and forthcoming on an episode that deals with finding oneself through climbing, sexuality and gender politics, and her continued struggles with self identity. Oh, and we talk about climbing, too, including her cool head, hardest sends, and proclivity to turn even the most chill climbing moments into adventures, for better or worse…or even stupid.

Tragedy Averted

Mad’s Website

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Episode 86: Mikey Schaefer – The Force is Strong.

Patagonia 2013

Mikey High.

Mikey Low.

Mikey Low.

On Episode 86 of the Enormocast, I invite Mikey Schaefer- alpinist, rock climber, and photographer- into the Mobile Studio parked in Lander City Park for a chat. Mikey arrived just moments after a harsh allergic reaction rendered his eyes nearly useless. After a cold compress of PBR cans, and a couple administered orally, we sat down to business. Mikey fills us in on how he became a pro photog, how he fell in love with climbing, and how he founds his obsession in Patagonia. Living life in 6 month increments, Mikey says he may not be a pro-sesh photog forever, but without climbing, he might simply fade away.

Mikey in the film: Force

Cool Moonwalk Video with Dean Potter

Mikey’s website

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