On Episode 199 of the Enormocast, my coach, Kris Hampton, and I talk about what its been like to try and train a crusty curmudgeon like me. Since adulting hit me hard in the last couple years and Carbondale got its first real climbing gym, I came up with a plan to actually train for real after 30 years of climbing. Kris was a bit ambivalent, but once I showed my commitment, he turned the considerable resources at Power Company Climbing toward turning me into a MACHINE. In this episode of the Enormocast, we discuss the ups and downs of coming to training from a climbing life of mostly ignoring a set physical program in lieu of “just going climbing”. Hopefully, we inspire those of you simply dabbling with your hangboard or even if you are just threatening to be a threat in the gym. And if you already train like a fiend, maybe you’ll get a good chuckle at my puny efforts.
On Episode 120, the Enormocast REBROADCASTS Kris Hampton’s interview with Miguel and Dario Ventura of the infamous and beloved Miguels Pizza in the Red River Gorge. Kris reached out with this interview because though he posted it over at his podcast, The Power Company Podcast, he thought it had just the right feel for an Enormocast. And since the holidays had made me fat and lazy, I said, “Sure!”. Besides, his access and friendship with Miguel resulted in an awesome, intimate interview that The Enormocast may not have been able to get. Miguel, and now his son Dario, have been slinging pizzas and offering a home away from home for climbers since before the Red was a thing. But the deeper conversation reveals and artist and a man whose satisfaction comes from his family, both immediate, and the climbing family that has surrounded Miguels from the very beginning. Please thank Kris by checking out his page, powercompanyclimbing.com, in return for sharing this fine interview with one of climbing’s pillars.
On Episode 38 of the Enormocast, I eek out one more closet interview with Cincinnati rapper/climber/artist Kris Odub Hampton. Kris is an interesting character who traveled an unusual path to climbing from the mean streets of Cinci. His provocative climbing rap songs have drawn admirers and haters alike. But we also see the soft side of the man as he talks about his own mentors and inspirations. Don’t worry, if this interview sucks, we’ll hear about it on his next song.