On Episode 183 of the Enormocast, I sit down with truly legendary alpinist, Jim Donini. Jim has been banging it out on big climbs since before most of you, dear listeners, were born. Jim cemented his reputation early on in Patagonia when it was still a truly wild frontier, but Donini went on to put up first ascents on all 7 continents. His career also depicts a long love affair with the Karakorum and Alaska. But for Jim, the quality of the person at the other end of his rope is far more important than the climbing objective, and Jim has passed through thick and thin with many of the greats. 55 years and not stopping yet, Jim Donini is barometer for what’s possible in climbing longevity.
On Episode 182 of the Enormocast, I sit down with young(ish) trad and sport climber, Molly Mitchell. I first hung out with Molly just two short years ago, and in the interim, she has burst onto the scene as a professional climber ticking hard trad and sport ascents with ease. Molly is not you’re typical young climber in that her trad grades nearly match her sport grades. Also, she battles through every ascent while dealing with diagnosed anxiety. Yet, she still manages to have a lot of fun and kick ass at the same time. Whatever happens next for Molly, you can be sure she’ll get through to the chains with hard work and a smile on her face.
On Episode 181, I sit down with climber, industry insider, and amputee, Malcolm Daly. Malcolm is a lifer who has been steeped in climbing culture and the climbing industry since the late 60s. Among so many profound achievements, he somewhat haphazardly found himself at the forefront of US bouldering while in Fort Collins and started the gear company Trango. Perhaps most profoundly, Malcolm lost a leg to a severe climbing accident in 1999. This prompted him to help start Paradox Sports with the idea of helping disabled folks approach climbing and outdoor sports as “normally” as possible. Overall, Malcolm is a survivor in life and in business whose positivity has propelled him through life with a quick smile and a laugh.