Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

Kevin Jorgeson

Elite climber Kevin Jorgeson shares his struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 


You know Kevin from his iconic first free ascent of The Dawn Wall along with Tommy Caldwell, a climb that took over 6 years to put together and is widely known as the most challenging big wall route in the world. Kevin is an incredibly accomplished climber, from dominating comps as a youth to becoming one of the strongest boulderers in the world with sends up to V14, including first ascents on the now classic Buttermilk highballs The Beautiful And The Damned and Ambrosia. In this episode, Kevin shares his struggles and breakthroughs, from being terrified of the height on El Cap, to fear of failure, to recovering from a recent pulley injury. We also dive into his incredibly inspiring work to introduce a million kids to climbing through his non-profit organization called 1Climb, and also his work to open up a world class gym in his home town.



Struggle: 0:05:11

Training: 0:7:19

Nutrition: 0:15:12

Tactics: 0:18:52

Mental Game: 0:24:05

Purpose: 0:34:40

Takeaways: 0:41:35


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