Tommy Caldwell

Tommy, a white man, with sandy brown hair, stands wearing a yellow t-shirt and hiking backpack in front of mountains.

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  • Tommy Caldwell
  • Rock Climber

Due to contract restrictions, this presentation will be available to view through February 1, 2024.

Tommy Caldwell is a talented rock climber, with numerous accomplishments in sport, traditional, and free climbing; big wall first ascents; and speed records. He’s known for his creative vision, skill, and fortitude.

He reflects on his most harrowing expedition in The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond the Limits. In this memoir, he recounts a trip to Kyrgyzstan, where he and three fellow climbers were taken hostage and survived for six days with no food and little water. They eventually escaped when Caldwell pushed their remaining captor off a cliff and ran 10 miles to a military outpost to find help.

A year after his hostage epic, Caldwell cut off his index finger with a table saw doing home renovations. With resolve, he moved forward with the ethos of no excuses and proceeded to establish the Dawn Wall and climb the 3,000-foot Nose route on Yosemite’s El Capitan in less than two hours.

Today, Caldwell climbs as much as possible and works as an advocate and industry representative to preserve natural spaces and lobby for climate initiatives.

Presentations at Calvin University

Route Finding for Success
Part of the: January Series
Thursday, January 25, 2024 12:30:00 PM

Publication(s) for this event

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

The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits
by Tommy Caldwell
Viking (May 16, 2017)
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