Thursday Sep 29, 2022

Tommy Caldwell

Elite climber Tommy Caldwell shares his struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 


Tommy Caldwell is quite possibly the greatest all around rock climber of this generation... and perhaps of all time. He has five first free ascents on El Cap alone, including the Dihedral Wall which went unrepeated for 12 years, and of course the Dawn Wall, widely considered the hardest big wall climb ever. Tommy was also the first person to free The Nose in under 12 hours and free two El Cap routes in a day. With partner Alex Honnold, Tommy freed the Yosemite Triple Crown, bagged the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia, and holds The Nose speed record at under two hours. But can he sport climb? Yep, he can. Tommy put up the FA on Flex Luthor, which he didn’t even bother giving a grade because he’s Tommy, it went unrepeated for 18 years… and now has been suggested at 15b which would make it the first 9b in the World. Beyond climbing, Tommy is a rad dad and a tireless activist for environmental causes. There's so much good stuff in this 60 minute chat you're going to want to listen to it 10 times. 


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Struggle: 0:07:48

Training: 0:14:25

Nutrition: 0:26:24

Tactics: 0:32:52

Mental Game: 0:42:18

Purpose: 0:53:04

Takeaways: 1:08:36


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This show is produced by Ryan Devlin and Mary Mathis, and is hosted by Ryan Devlin. The Struggle is a proud member of the Plug Tone Audio Collective, a diverse group of the best, most impactful podcasts in the outdoor industry. 


Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!



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