On Episode 184, I sit down with climber and photographer, Corey Rich. Corey came up as a dirtbag climber, but he simultaneously started a serious study of photography and how to use a camera. A fateful roadtrip put his images in front of the main climbing media outlets of the day like Climbing Magazine and the Patagonia Catalog, and soon, Corey’s photographs were appearing in climbing publications worldwide. Corey never looked back. He has since become one of the most accomplished action and bigwall photographers in the game. Quite literally, Corey and his camera have shaped what modern climbers see when they think about climbing.
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.