On episode 238 of the Enormocast, Tommy Caldwell shows up for his sophomore appearance on the podcast. A lot has gone down since his first show in 2016. Both Tommy and the Royal We had a child – his second. He wrote a New York Times best seller. He and Honnold put up a free route on El Cap that nobody cared about. They also teamed up to do the Nose on El Cap in under 2 hours. But perhaps most importantly, Tommy turned his sights on environmental activism by getting involved in Climb the Hill, the protection of Bears Ears and Oak Flat and more. Finally, we find a slightly mellowed Caldwell, bent on being a great dad and husband, but still chasing after that elusive sense of adventure.
On Episode 100 of the Enormocast, I get a little help from my friends to celebrate my entire catalog – 100! YEAH, DAWG! – and we then get down to an epic convo with man of the hour, and climber of the ages, Tommy Caldwell. Tommy talks inspiration, professionalism, and the ups and downs of life in the spotlight. He gets down to brass tacks about the Dawn Wall, and all it has meant to him professionally and personally. We also run down a series of equally amazing feats that nobody but us climbers noticed, including putting up two of the other hardest big walls in the world . Now that he’s super famous among the non-climbing civies, Tommy’s future is unknown, but he likes it that way.