On Episode 243 of the Enormocast, I sit down with guide and climber, Miranda Oakley. Miranda busted out of Maryland just after college and never looked back. A job washing dishes in Tuolumne made her climbing dreams come true, but soon she was guiding hikes then climbs in Yosemite. Meanwhile, she was building skills for wall and trad climbing culminating in a NIAD rope-solo, first ascents in Patagonia, 5.13 flashes in Indian Creek. Miranda’s mother is Palestinian which has prompted Miranda to explore climbing in the Middle East and become an active liaison for the nascent Palestinian climbing community. On the verge of having a baby, Miranda is now preparing for her next life-adventure: momming hard and climbing hard.
On episode 242 of the Enormocast, I run with one of the big dogs of the 80s, Scott Franklin. Scott was a prodigy shaking up the Gunks and the old ways in the early 80s. He then dropped the taboos against hang-dogging, bolting, top down inspection, and helped usher in the sport climbing revolution we still embrace to this day. But he’s no one trick pony, before he did the 2nd ascent and first American ascent of To Bolt or Not to Be (5.14a), he had cut his teeth as a trad master and a soloist. So when the establishment freaked out about wimpy “sportos”, Franklin was able to walk the walk with the trad dads while espousing the virtues of athletic bolted climbing. Once labelled enemy #1 by the old guard, Scott’s reputation has mellowed after raising a family, becoming and entrepreneur at Franklin Climbing and then Lumos Solar, and still climbing after all these years.