Tommy Caldwell: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits

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’.

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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

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Sunday 2nd July 
The Royal Geographical Society

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The Push

Tommy Caldwell

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite s El Capitan
On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.
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.
The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone