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The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk and Going Beyond Limits

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk and Going Beyond Limits

Unlimited Adventure

With Tommy Caldwell

January 17, 2018

Donovan Pavilion | Vail

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 climb took nineteen days on the route to conquer, but Caldwell’s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. In his book “The Push,” Caldwell describes this momentous climb—and many others. But it’s not just about the climbs. Join Caldwell as he talks about the lessons that he has learned in a lifetime of climbing which apply to everyone—even those who have never set foot on a mountain.
Tommy Caldwell has made dozens of notable ascents and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014, he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter.
This program is a collaboration between the Vail Symposium and The Bookworm of Edwards and is presented in Partnership with the Vail Public Library.

Note: doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the program starts at 6 p.m.