On Episode 258 of the Enormocast, we present the 6th annual TAPS episode where we play Taps on the sundown of good and bad trends in climbing. The royal we are joined by Andrew Bisharat of The Runout Podcast and Evening Sends, former guest and listener-mail panelist, Mary Harlan, and last year’s TAPS newbie, Any Salo. This year’s Taps is special because the abattoir is littered with suggestions from listeners. On the block this time is integrity itself, stick clip shaming, booty both big and small, print mags, the ATC, GoPro climbers, K2, “influencers”, shirtless bros, sad short people, and more. Remember, this podcast is satire and for entertainment. If we sent up your sacred cow or something you hold dear, relax, keep it up, give us the middle finger, and we’ll happily give you a belay next time we meet. Capiche? Also, support our special sponsor, 77 Whiskey.
On Episode 201 of the Enormocast, I sit down at the Monkey House climbing gym in Carbondale, CO with repeat guest Mary Harlan and Rock and Ice’s Francis Sanzaro to answer listener mail. Both Mary and Francis have decades of climbing experience, and Mary happens to also be an experienced guide. On this long awaited edition of Listener Mail, we tackle style, ethics, and culture questions galore. Some good laughs and some deep thoughts ensue. If you contributed, your swag will be forthcoming. If you missed out on submitting this time, hopefully it will be less than 4 years until the next one because these are a lot of fun to record.
On Episode 145 of the Enormocast, I sit down with my friend and Carbondale local, Mary Harlan. I often get requests for the “everyman (sic)” interview, and though Mary is not ordinary, nor is she a man, she does tread near the mainstream category as not only a good and experienced climber, but a mother, wife, and career firefighter. Mary talks about her ambition to be a sponsored climber, her ambition to be the best, and her ambition to stink really bad. Perhaps not quite the “everywoman”, but Mary certainly tried to have it all and realized not a moment too soon when something in her climbing had to give.