On Episode 223 of the Enormocast, I sit down with legend, John Long. I first met Long, AKA Largo, some 25 years ago in West Los Angeles at a climbing gym. As I got to know him in that gym community, I quickly realized that the John Long I knew from his books like Gorilla Monsoon and Rock Jocks, Wall Rats, and Hang Dogs did not line up too well with the man before me. Instead of just a bombastic rock jock himself, John was thoughtful and intellectual and at the time, trying to walk away from “Largo” as an image. In his new book, Icarus Syndrome, Long reveals more of his true self to the than ever before. Though he is still John fucking Long: rock jock and adventure seeker, the John Long of today has matured into a true statesmen of the sport and a better writer than he’s ever been.
On this BONUS episode of the Enormocast, I rebroadcast an interview we did on Steven Dimmitt’s The Nugget Podcast where he interviews me. Steven and I decided it would be a nice addendum to the Enormcast feed. In the interview, we focus much more on my climbing than any interview I have done previously. If you didn’t listen at The Nugget already, or even if you did, this show fills in a bunch on my own 30-year climbing history.
On Episode 218 of the Enormocast, I connect after some really weird internet glitching with climber and author Mark Synnott. Mark’s book The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest and its imminent release was the occasion for our talk, but the convo quickly turns to our shared past and his personal struggles juggling adventure, family, and marriage. Mark is one of the preeminent explorers of our time with not just mind-boggling climbing feats under his belt, but adventures in massive caves, deep jungles, and wild landscapes on his resume as well. His former life as a dirtbag expedition climber has been supplanted by a career in journalism and documentation, but his wit and love of adventure remains.