On Episode 207, Tara Kerzhner joins me via the Internet tubes to discuss her life as a climber, but more importantly, her life behind the lens. Tara came up a sheltered child in Bend, Oregon, and grew into an awkward, dark-poetry-writing tween before finding her mother’s old Pentax. Quite a few cat photos later, and a few other false starts, Tara found climbing, professional photography, and love. Tara is a prominent climbing and outdoor film maker with a mission to make great art and great outdoor films, but also use her skills to help make indigenous peoples visible. Not easily moved emotionally, Tara has lived a career as a woman and POC in the outdoor media world but is still forming an opinion of how her gender and skin has affected her prospects in that field, though she believes that climbing itself has only been welcoming.
On Episode 165 of the Enormocast, I sit down with quite possibly the world’s best rock climber, Adam Ondra. I found Adam luxuriating with 4 friends and colleagues in the Super Bowl Campground in Indian Creek, UT of all places. He and his crew were on a whirlwind tour of Yosemite, Smith Rocks, and Indian Creek. Despite several days of crack-climbing-beat-down, Adam’s stoke comes ripping through as he talks climbing like a kid in a candy store. From bigwall trad, to sport, to comps, Adam’s enthusiasm comes through every minute of the talk.