143 Replies to “Podcasts”

  1. Chris has way too high an opinion of himself and often overspeaks his much more accomplished and interesting guests.

    One great example and laughable moment was when he hosted Janja Garnbret, and said that he was able to control his nervousness interviewing her by thinking that there wasn’t much difference between himself and Janja – saying he was an outdoors climber, while she was an indoors climber.

    I dunno, Chris – the bigger difference really is that she’s a world class climber who has climbed much harder outdoors in her spare time than this podcast host.

    1. I’m guilty of the first half of this criticism, but you can find way more coherent examples than that bit from the intro. I simply meant to imply we could find common ground.

      But in the end, no, I don’t automatically defer to anyone as “better” than me, you, or anyone else until I get to know them as a person. And even then, we are all struggling with our own shit, so being able to claw your way up plastic blobs on a wall does not automatically get my respect even if you’re really good at it.

      But here’s a story: I used to guide these things called “Burn Camps” when I worked for the Colorado Mountain School. These camps brought juvenile burn victims from Denver to a couple days of climbing. So kids with seriously melted and destroyed limbs, faces, trunks, everything. Some of the most tragic shit you have ever seen in your life. Kids had prosthetics, clear masks to protect the fresh skin on their faces, scabs, you name it. Some could not walk to the cliff without assistance. Kids, mind you, that had been whole just months earlier, now facing a life disfigured and in pain.

      And we challenged them to rock climb. And by and large, they did. Often painfully, frightfully dragging themselves up slabs. Scared out of their minds, but never as scared as when their house or apartment was burning around them and some monstrous looking firefighter dragged their smoldering still-living body from the structure.

      It was a very stressful couple days. You were trying to keep it light. Trying to inhabit a place of empathy and sympathy, but never pity. But that was nearly impossible to do in the confines of your mind. Kids often broke down hard, months of anguish finally breaking forth. Then they’d build themselves up and keep trying. What I saw on those days were truly incredible moments of perseverance from kids one after another who likely, in their darkest moments, wished they’d died in the fire that nearly consumed them.

      Beautiful, frightful, awe inspiring.

      Those kids on those 5.3s were the greatest climbers I’ve ever seen and have ever met since. Being around them humbled me and made me nervous.

      So yeah, I think of those kids, and then the plastic blob climbers, or the sport climbers, or the expedition climbers, or the boulderers, whatever are never going to measure up. Neither am I.

      Janja seems like a good and fun person, and is an incredible athlete, and it was fun to talk to her. Did it change my life the way being around those kids did? Haha. No way. It didn’t change my life at all.

      1. No, he is not. Jim is a really nice guy. We climbed together during the 1970’s. He has a ton of great stories and is a great sense of humor.

        1. I had some very friendly encounters with Jim back in the 90s, too. But then I’ve had friends in Durango and Yosemite have downright ugly encounters with the man. Do you still have a contact?

  2. The work you’ve put into these podcasts is amazing and a great service to the climbing community! Thanks!

    Another person you might interview is Todd Swain. Guidebook author, climbed all over. Good storyteller once you get him going.

    Thanks for all your efforts at keeping the Enormocast going!

  3. Hey Chris,
    Just wanted to say thanks, my jogs and drives to and from work are a lot more entertaining now ๐Ÿ™‚ Despite being a “core climber” I discovered your podcast late (2016), but I’m about halfway through them now. Keep up the great work!

  4. John Sherman would have to be an intriguing episode. Especially with his recent comeback. Thanks for all the kickass podcasts and for muddin’ it up with us in Wisco a couple months ago.

  5. I’d love to hear an interview with Brad Young if you’re ever passing through California and want to hear some stories about Pinnacles.

  6. Here’s a shoutout to a job well done. I’m just about caught up on all the podcasts and have a few favorites, Episode 60, anything with Kelly Cordes and HK, all are great. I’m a big fan of your work and actually attribute a few episodes to the new way I am approaching my climbing. With that being said, if I have to suffer through another listener mail how-to-date-climber-girls/guys-101 I’m gonna sell my climbing gear and join Didier at the monastery. I like the Listener Mail format but surely there must be better questions out there to address?? No?? Anyways, purely constructive criticism.

    A few topic suggestions, in Episode 60 you say you could spend a whole episode talking about how to make that breakthrough to being comfortable with the fear and falling and the leading and the efficiency. It’d be interesting to hear from some of the pros how they managed to do that as I think that’s a struggle for a very large percentage of the climbing community. It’d also be interesting to hear about some technique ideas/skills to make things more efficient, you said you climbed with Josh Wharton and learned a lot, why not pass some of that info on to your listeners so that we too, can become more efficient in the mountains?

    Thanks again for what you are doing here, it makes my 10 hour days at work go by a lot faster. Cheers Kalous,

    Oh….and I’d be willing to throw in cash to help fly Rolo up here for an interview…maybe a two part series for the legend!?

        1. Chouinard would be quite the coup. Does not do a lot of interviews. Is kind of cranky about modern climbing from what I understand. I’d need an in for sure. I’ll keep hoping.

          Been trying to get Frost on the show. And Ed Webster. I’ll keep working at it.

  7. Been loving your show ever since R&I let us all know about the Jeff Jackson interview. You just keep getting better. Please reach out to Hugh Herr and see if you can work it out to interview him. His story was inspirational when he was a teenager; now he’s doing incredible work with prosthetics.

  8. Hey Chris,

    I am just not starting to listen to the enormocast. I am up to number 10 now. I think it is great!! I am just getting into climbing here on the north coast of California and I’m loving it. Your podcast gets me pumped in a realistic way. What I mean by that is that it feels real and authentic and that you are simply sharing the perspective of the climbing community.
    Being a trail runner for a number of years now, I can link the two sports together in perspective. It is great to conquer a new long ass fucking steep ass run, just as so to send a new more difficult route.
    I don’t know if you do cross over episodes, but it would be great to hear about people in other sports that casual climb second to their main sport and see what links they have made.

    Keep it up!

      1. How did I just see this now?! thanks for responding man, Arcata is super sick for all things Rad.

  9. Hey Chris!

    Thank you for this great podcast, I really enjoy it a lot. I myself am mostly a boulderer, but I hav so far enjoyed getting some insight in to the other parts of this sport, and it has really changed my way of looking at climbing as a whole, and also changed my view on bouldering, as I now see it more as a part of something bigger and not something separate. I don’t know if that makes any sense.

    That being said, I would really enjoy getting some more boulderers on the show. In part for my sake, but also I think other climbers who don’t boulder a lot might get something out of it (in the same way I did, just in reverse), and help develope their views on their climbing.

    Any way, most importantly, take care and keep making great shows, regardless of the contents.


    1. I’m always hunting the boulderers who want to talk. I’m just not as connected to that community as I am to some others. But I’ll keep trying. Certainly, Angie Payne’s was one of my favorites.

  10. Hidetaka Suzuki would make a very unique interview about the old days.
    If you could talk Jon Schaffer into spilling some beans on his extensive Black Canyon experience that would also make for wicked story. Love the enormocast! Keep it up.

  11. Hey Chris,
    I’m new to climbing (and I suck but that’s besides the point) I bought some gear off someone and they raved about your podcast and gave me a sticker with the website so I’ve been listening to a few each day. So far my favorite is episode 3 with Kelly, dude seems awesome.

    Anyways thanks for having this out here its good for newbies like me.

    1. Just hung out with Dave and listenned to him spray me down about Baffin. We laughed about how it felt like and enormocast, but it was just me, him, and HK hanging in a van in Rifle. I’ll put him on the list, though.

  12. Hey Chris,
    Just wanted to aay thanks for all the sweet podcasts.. I’ve been rly enjoying them lately.
    Just a thought, It would be rly rad if you could try and get an interview with Will Gadd!