Enormocast 265: Drew Hulsey – Just a Climber Like EveryBODY Else

Photos 1 and 2 Matt Cunningham

On Episode 265 of the Enormocast, I connect with climber and influencer, Drew Hulsey. Drew saw Free Solo and pretty much lost his mind for climbing. Despite the feats of Alex Honnold being at the most extreme end of the sport, Drew found himself wondering “Can fat people do this?” Not even sure that the ropes would hold, Drew hit up his local gym and after a few sessions “learning the ropes”, he was hooked. But he did look around and notice that he was different from the predominately lithe climbers around him. In the media, too, Drew didn’t see climbers of his size. So despite opening himself up to the vagaries of social media comments, Drew started an Instagram account with the idea of making his struggles and triumphs as a larger person public. Now a “sponsored” climber and influencer, Drew uses his social media and clinics to help larger people not just discover climbing, but feel welcomed into the pretty overtly body-conscious community.