On Episode 223 of the Enormocast, I sit down with legend, John Long. I first met Long, AKA Largo, some 25 years ago in West Los Angeles at a climbing gym. As I got to know him in that gym community, I quickly realized that the John Long I knew from his books like Gorilla Monsoon and Rock Jocks, Wall Rats, and Hang Dogs did not line up too well with the man before me. Instead of just a bombastic rock jock himself, John was thoughtful and intellectual and at the time, trying to walk away from “Largo” as an image. In his new book, Icarus Syndrome, Long reveals more of his true self to the than ever before. Though he is still John fucking Long: rock jock and adventure seeker, the John Long of today has matured into a true statesmen of the sport and a better writer than he’s ever been.
On Episode 222 of the Enormocast, I connect with Harvey Merritt Wright. Harvey Wright is a climber, musician, and hair dresser from Vancouver, BC and the recent subject of a full length documentary film, Crux. Harvey also deals with drug and alcohol addiction. When Harvey first started climbing, he hit it hard and quickly achieved some impressive feats in Yosemite and as far away as the Lotus Flower Tower. His renaissance from the party life to the climbing life cleaned him up and garnered the attention of his film maker friends, Casey Dubois and Zac Hoffman. But then the pandemic hit, lockdowns ensued, and the cracks were revealed as Harvey slid back into alcohol and drugs. Now, Harvey is realizing that climbing, though helpful as a piece of his therapy, won’t be the magical cure for his ailing mental health that he and Casey and Zac had hoped. Nevertheless, Harvey continues to learn to love himself and pursue a love of climbing that will serve him through the decades.
Harvey’s music at Spotify
Crux at Facebook
On Episode 221 of the Enormocast, I manage to sit down face to face and maskless with Lor Sabourin. Lor’s recent send of East Coast Fist Bump in Northern Arizona piqued my interest and a tip from Mary Eden got them in the room. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, like so many kids before, Lor started out in the gym. They quickly progressed to climbing and then guiding in the Red River Gorge. After a fateful trip to Indian Creek where they fell in love with crack climbing, Lor now calls Flagstaff, AZ home. During most of Lor’s climbing career, they have wrestled with being open about their non-binary gender, but in recent years, Lor has been open about gender, climbing, and advocacy for trans people and kids which has lead them to a healthier relationship with both themself and climbing.