On Episode 259, I sit down in Ouray, Colorado with one of the most ebullient guests I’ve ever had on the Enormocast, Lindsey Hamm. Yes, I said “ebullient”. Lindsey is a climber and guide originally from a hard-partying and wild upbringing in East Texas. A brief but formative sojourn in the music biz chased Lindsey out of Texas and eventually to Durango, Colorado. Now Lindsey has traded that very non-climby life for one in the mountains with clients and friends alike. Late to climbing, Lindsey nevertheless “pulled the ripcord” and dove straight into trad-climbing, big routes, and guiding from the get go. Lindsey is on track to become one of only about 20 woman to get her AMGA/IFMGA certification to guide at all levels on all terrain anywhere in the world.
On Episode 258 of the Enormocast, we present the 6th annual TAPS episode where we play Taps on the sundown of good and bad trends in climbing. The royal we are joined by Andrew Bisharat of The Runout Podcast and Evening Sends, former guest and listener-mail panelist, Mary Harlan, and last year’s TAPS newbie, Any Salo. This year’s Taps is special because the abattoir is littered with suggestions from listeners. On the block this time is integrity itself, stick clip shaming, booty both big and small, print mags, the ATC, GoPro climbers, K2, “influencers”, shirtless bros, sad short people, and more. Remember, this podcast is satire and for entertainment. If we sent up your sacred cow or something you hold dear, relax, keep it up, give us the middle finger, and we’ll happily give you a belay next time we meet. Capiche? Also, support our special sponsor, 77 Whiskey.
On Episode 257 of the Enormocast, I am joined in-person by climber, gym-owner, and newly minted television personality, Chris Sharma. Chris is one of the most well-known climbers in the world, and his legacy of ground-breaking sport climbing remains unmatched. Chris was of the earliest crop of child-phenoms to hit the competition scene. Along with the likes of Katie Brown, Tommy Caldwell, and Beth Rodden, he put climbing competitions on notice that the adults need not apply. Still as a teenager, Chris took his talents to the rock with the first American ascent of Just Do It, then the hardest climb in the US. Then he started his own legacy of establishing “King Lines” like Realization/Biographie, Jumbo Love, Es Pontàs, and La Dura Dura among countless others. Now a family man, owner of two climbing gyms, and host of the reality show, The Climb, Chris is climbing nearly as well as ever and nowhere near done with hard, beautiful first ascents.