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The Push: A Climber's Journey of…

The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond…

by Tommy Caldwell

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The story of Tommy Caldwell's life is so much bigger and interesting than I even imagined. As a recreational climber, off and on for 20-some years, I've know about Caldwell seemingly forever. Hell, I even was a judge at a climbing comp he, and his later wife (now ex) Beth Rodden, were at back in the 90's. I knew a few of the highlights of his life, especially kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan from the years I read Outside, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. And, of course, it was impossible not to hear about his push up the Dawn Wall a couple of years back. But all the amazing adventures in between; his outlook on life; the relationship with his father (who I clearly remember from those climbing competition days); his relationship with Beth Rodden...all of it, took me on such an amazing arm-chair adventure. He is so much more accomplished and well-rounded than I ever imagined. I drove everyone around me nuts telling them about this book as I read. Pleading for all to read it.

I will never climb at a level that even qualifies me to carry this man's chalk bag but this book came to me at the right time as I have made some huge gains in my own personal climbing that it just got me psyched to push harder. I am already desperately trying to figure out how to apply this recent gains in climbing and the mental toughness attitude in this book to improve my ability in my other love: mountain biking. This will easily rank as one of my top books of 2018. ( )
  she_climber | Nov 3, 2017 |
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"This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell's affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan s biggest, steepest, blankest face the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father." -- Dust jacket.… (more)

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