On Episode 121 of the Enormocast, I sit down with friend, musician, and former band-mate, Chris Parker. Chris and I discuss his ambitions with both music and climbing, and why its so tough to be addicted to both. His mission in life is to reconcile the all-consuming passion for climbing with the discipline and demands of musicianship. Right now, climbing is king, but if that slick agent showed up and dangled a contract and a tour? Who knows? We also debate whether climbing art exists as its own movement. Finally, most importantly, Chris plays us four of his own tunes.
Song 1: The Climbers. Song 2: Roll ‘Em While You Can. Song 3: Yosemite Gold. Song 4: Mothers and Fathers.
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.