More On Tommy Caldwell’s China Trip

More On Tommy Caldwell’s China Trip

To follow up on last week’s post detailing a trip Tommy Caldwell took to the “Tuolumne of China” is this report written by Caldwell himself for Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line blog.  Among other things Caldwell details some of the difficulties associated with climbing on virgin granite:

Ground up first ascents in Ketetuhai proved to be pretty full on, especially on The Divine Bell. We would crank out a few lie-back moves with our feet skidding all over on moss, get to a tenuous stance, pull out the wire brush and scrub the next face section. Then, while trying to blink moss out of our eyes we would climb to the next hair line fracture, pound in a pecker or knife blade, and run it out hoping to find somewhere to put in an anchor. I began to think maybe the security guards were right … this climbing business really is dangerous!

Check out the full post for more from Caldwell and several excellent pictures from Corey Rich and Jeremy Collins.

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7 Responses to More On Tommy Caldwell’s China Trip

  1. Stup September 22, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Is it just me not being up to date or is this the first time anybody reads the name Rebecca Caldwell?

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    • Mark September 22, 2010 at 10:35 am #

      Nope, its not just you. I’ve never heard that name before either.

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      • CarlosFromPhilly September 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

        I know, it’s weird. Talk about a stealthy marriage… i can find a few (emphasis on few) references to them being married, but nothing significant.

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  2. Dylan September 22, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Well, it seems he remarried and good on him keeping it out of the gossip mill. The only other reference I can find is on his interview on his profile page on LaSportiva.

    And oh yeah, that place looks siiiiik.

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    • Mark September 22, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Agreed. Whereas big divorces in climbing have been big news in the past, its cool that climbers can kind of keep their own personal life now.

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  3. Ryan September 24, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    yea Tommy kept his new marriage under wraps, but I think after everything that happened before it was warranted.

    after seeing these photos here is another place on I need to add to the list to go.

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  4. Owendarrow July 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Read the article by him in Rock and Ice and she is mentioned a lot, even how he proposed. Good article too!

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