On Episode 191 of the Enormocast, I sit down with climber, author, and avid urban adventurer, Dakota Walz. Dakota grew up in the Midwest, Fargo and Kansas City, but longed for adventure beyond the confines of the flat lands. First finding adventure in urban climbing and train hopping and then turning to climbing, Dakota eventually found that all that crazy, aimless seeking was a dead end. Each trip and each adrenaline high was only masking a deep feeling of dread and disembodiment inside. Finally, Dakota found a level of balance in the love and security of a wife and a home, but is still running and gunning as an EMT in Denver, Colorado, and a manic first ascensionist.
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.