Tag archives for Tommy Caldwell

10 Days Left to Pick the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Sharing a love for the outdoors shapes your entire life—your family, friends, free time, fitness, priorities, politics, and your sense of purpose on this great spinning planet. It changes your perspective on pop culture, consumerism, and what it means to “live well.” Through outdoor adventure we are empowered to strive for goals, break the status…

Yosemite Climber Tommy Caldwell Speaks on Risk, Reward, and Life After the Dawn Wall

The Dawn Wall was the climb heard and seen around the world. Over 19 grueling days last January, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson achieved their seven-year pursuit of free-climbing the hardest multi-pitch route in the world: the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan. (Read: “Duo Completes First Free Climb of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, Making History”)…

Climber Comedian: Alex Honnold on Being Funny, Filmming His Own Climbs, What’s Next

Who would’ve guessed that Alex Honnold was so funny? Yet it’s this celebrated California free soloist, known his daring ropeless ascents in Yosemite and elsewhere, who is responsible for making REEL ROCK 10, the annual worldwide tour of climbing films from Sender Films and Big Up Productions, perhaps the funniest year yet. “This year’s program…

Ten Years Later, REEL ROCK Tour Still Brings Climbing Films to Climbers, But Aims Beyond

The old saying that if there’s no camera, it didn’t happen, is especially true for climbing. Unlike traditional sports, in climbing there are no stadiums filled with a cheering audience, and “playing fields” are located in mountain wildernesses. “The big challenge for us has been to capture these incredible accomplishments and to figure out how…

Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan Like a Rock Star—From Your Computer

“El Capitan is something every climber aspires to climb one day,” says Peter Mortimer, a Sender Films’ co-director of Valley Uprising, a 2014 documentary about the climbing history in Yosemite National Park in California. “But relatively speaking, very few actually do it.” Now it’s possible to experience what it’s like to climb the famous and…

Mountaineering’s Top Award Winners Announced—Including Rock Climbers Caldwell, Honnold

Three teams of climbers, including Americans Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, will be honored with a Piolet d’Or, mountaineering’s highest award, during the ceremony that is scheduled to take place April 9 to 12 in Chamonix, France, and Courmayeur, Italy. “I’ve always joked that if I won a Piolet d’Or I’d retire from climbing,” said…

Video: Yosemite Climbers on Dealing with Their New-Found Fame

Whatever public profile Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson had before they free climbed the Dawn Wall of El Capitan, it certainly got a lift once they reached the top. One of their first encounters with an adoring fan took place directly in the aftermath of their ascent, in the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria where the two climbers…

Today: Join our Live Video Chat with the Adventurers of the Year – #AdvofYearChat

Find out what it takes to chase big adventure dreams in our live Google+ Hangout on Friday, January 30, at 1 p.m. EST. Join the event here: Our 2015 Adventurers of the Year have challenged boundaries, redefined what’s possible, launched environmental movements, and built community. Each has lived with commitment to chasing big dreams. Sure, they are talented. And many have…

Five Reasons Why the Dawn Wall First Free Ascent Has Pushed Climbing Forward

To take climbing to the next level, you have to innovate, which is just what Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did to complete one of the most significant ascents in climbing history. The achievement represents the realization of Caldwell’s vision to find a way to free climb the Dawn Wall—widely considered too steep and too difficult for…

Watch the Final Minutes of First Free Ascent of Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Cap

Watch the last minutes of the historic first free climb of the Dawn Wall route on Yosemite’s El Cap. We’re cheering for you, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Joregeson! We know this: * There are about 40 people on top of El Cap waiting. * Kevin’s father is there. Kevin’s friends are there. They brought bottles…