On Episode 259, I sit down in Ouray, Colorado with one of the most ebullient guests I’ve ever had on the Enormocast, Lindsey Hamm. Yes, I said “ebullient”. Lindsey is a climber and guide originally from a hard-partying and wild upbringing in East Texas. A brief but formative sojourn in the music biz chased Lindsey out of Texas and eventually to Durango, Colorado. Now Lindsey has traded that very non-climby life for one in the mountains with clients and friends alike. Late to climbing, Lindsey nevertheless “pulled the ripcord” and dove straight into trad-climbing, big routes, and guiding from the get go. Lindsey is on track to become one of only about 20 woman to get her AMGA/IFMGA certification to guide at all levels on all terrain anywhere in the world.
On Episode 254 of the Enormocast, I connect with former gymnast, now climber and nutritionist, Amity Warme. Though Amity grew up just down the road from the climbing mecca of Boulder, Colorado and under the shadow of the Diamond and Rocky Mountain National Park, she was too preoccupied as a child and teen gymnast to notice rock climbing. Then an injury ended her run in a leotard and sent her seeking a new place to pour her considerable energy. Enter climbing. Amity took to it immediately, but it was a dark three years mucking around in New Jersey with her husband that broke them loose to a life on the road and climbing. Soon, Amity was crushing hard 5.13 and wondering about big objectives in Yosemite and beyond. Since the 2020 pandemic shut in opened up, Amity has been on a tear with ground up ascents of Golden Gate, Corazon, and a one-day-self-supported Free Rider ascent*, making her only the 5th woman to climb El Cap in a day. Meanwhile, she eats 5.13 trad for breakfast wherever she goes.
On Episode 252 of the Enormocast, I connect with climber and author, Fallon Rowe. Fallon grew up in Idaho as a scrappy adventurer amongst beauty queens, and like many before her, she was gifted climbing by the YMCA. Her outdoor climbing dreams were solidified while attending College in Logan, Ut – striking distance of the Wasatch, City of Rocks, Indian Creek and more. But then a slow rolling disaster hit in the form of an abusive boyfriend and a nightmare relationship. Fallon has just completed a manuscript about that relationship and the trauma that accompanied those months many years ago. Fallon also manages chronic illness while climbing. On this show, she’s ready to talk, come clean, and move on – like a good stoic should.