Tommy Caldwell is a living legend in the world of rock climbing. He has climbed all over the world and established some of the hardest rock climbing routes in the USA. Tommy is most known for his big wall free climbing with 12 routes on El Capitan in Yosemite with multiple being first free ascents.
Tommy started climbing soon after he learned to walk. Growing up with a mountain guide father who taught him to embrace fear and doubt and turn it into inspiration. His talent and passion led him as a teenager to the top of climbing competitions and cutting-edge outdoor routes. In 2000, on a climbing expedition in Kyrgyzstan, Tommy and his climbing partners were captured and held hostage by armed rebels. Miraculously, after six days of captivity, the group managed to free themselves. Upon returning to the United States and trying to piece together his life, Tommy severed his index finger in a home remodeling accident. Managing to overcome the obstacles life was throwing at him, Tommy came back stronger and raised his already elite skill level and the sport’s standards to become one of world’s most accomplished climbers in sport climbing, hard traditional climbing, big-wall speed climbing and big-wall free climbing. His free climbing accomplishments in Yosemite National Park remain unmatched and made Tommy the perfect contender to be the first person to free climb The Dawn Wall in 2015. Most recently Tommy set a new speed record with Alex Honnold on The Nose last, El Capitan in Yosemite Valley last year with an incredible sub 2-hour record.
Tommy believes difficult journeys, with little chance for success, teach him the most. Don’t miss the chance to see Tommy live on stage in Australia and hear what drives him as well as up close and personal on what it took to complete the Dawn Wall.
Kevin Jorgeson is the boulderer turned big wall protégé who worked to complete the hardest free climb on El Capitan.
Like most kids, Kevin grew up climbing ladders, trees and fences, until a visit to his local climbing gym changed his life forever. Kevin steadily improved his climbing and started winning youth national championships. Once he discovered bouldering, he quickly made a name for himself as one of the sport’s best. At his home stomping grounds in the California’s Buttermilks, Kevin made the first ascent of the terrifying Ambrosia, a 15-meter high boulder from which a fall near the top would be catastrophic.
While searching to expand into other climbing disciplines, Kevin learned about Tommy’s project on the Dawn Wall and in 2009 Kevin asked Tommy if he needed a partner. Under the mentorship of Tommy, Kevin proved a quick study as he transformed himself into a capable big wall climber ready for the challenge. Over the next six years they spent hundreds of days working out the pieces, failing over and over again, however managing to keep the dream alive. In December 2014 they left the ground planning not to return until they either succeeded or were forced off. In January 2015, 19 days later, they stood on top of El Capitan having completed what many are calling the hardest route ever climbed.
Don’t miss the chance to see Kevin live on stage in Australia and hear what he learned about himself and the journey he took to complete the hardest route ever climbed.