The Day Tommy Caldwell Sent The Salathe Wall In A Day

Great piece by Tommy Caldwell about how he climbed El Cap’s Salathe Wall in a day just months after losing his finger in a home improvement accident:

But in the blink of an eye, it had all been snatched away from me.

A pale, sad-looking doctor came into my hospital room.
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He was a hand surgeon; he was also a climber who had been keeping tabs on my progress.

“Tommy, things aren’t look good,” he said. “You’re going to lose your finger. You better start thinking about what else you want to do with your life.”

Posted In: Asides, Traditional Climbing


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