In 2015 free climbing legend Tommy Caldwell captivated the world when he and Kevin Jorgeson climbed the Dawn Wall - the forbidding 3,000-foot-high southwest face of El Capitan, in California's Yosemite Valley. The astonishing ascent, hailed as 'the hardest climb of all time', was not the first time Tommy's determination and ambition saw him through moments of incredible survival. This was, in fact, a climb that represented the end of a difficult recovery from the trauma of being held hostage by rebels during an earlier climbing expedition in Kyrgyzstan.
Chronicling his 19-day journey of extreme endurance battling up the sheer face of the Yosemite wall and the insurmountable courage it took to withstand being captured by violent extremists at gunpoint, Tommy's memoir, The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits, proves just what strength can be mustered in times of intense adversity. Join him at Sheffield City Hall or the Royal Geographic Society for a fascinating event introducing the book, and put your own questions to him in the audience Q&A.
Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from the man who was congratulated by President Obama for a feat he had previously been told he had no hope of achieving, and made history by doing the ‘impossible’.
Author: Tommy Caldwell
Event name: Tommy Caldwell: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits
Dates: Saturday 1st July
Sheffield City Hall
Sunday 2nd July
The Royal Geographical Society
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'A real page-turner . . . captivating and deeply moving' Climb magazine
In 2015 freeclimber Tommy Caldwell spent 19 days summiting Yosemite's vertical, 3000-foot Dawn Wall - the hardest climb in history.
It was the culmination of seven years planning and a lifetime's determination.
Here, he recounts how he got there, the falls and set backs (being held hostage, losing his index finger, the break-up of his marriage), the summits conquered and the fears overcome. It is a story about drive, focus and how to achieve the impossible - one toehold at a time.
'Caldwell's story is one of the best. You get more than just a climbing adventure, you get the inside view of how a person can endure crushing setbacks and persist to fulfill a spectacular vision' Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
'Heart-stopping, absorbing' Daily Mail
'Captivating and unfailingly honest' Jon Krakauer
'This isn't just a book about climbing, it's about laser sharp focus in all aspects of life' Scott Jurek, author of Eat & Run
'Absolutely captivating, thrills, enriches' Denver Post