“It’s Really A Lifestyle”

T0mmy Caldwell, being interviewed by the New York Time minutes after topping out the Dawn Wall:

I would love for this to open people’s minds to what an amazing sport this is. I think the larger audience’s conception is that we’re thrill seekers, out there for an adrenaline rush.
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We really aren’t at all. It’s about spending our lives in these beautiful places and forming these incredible bonds with friends and family. It’s really a lifestyle. It’s superhealthy, and the climbing world is some of the most psyched, great people around.
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And if that love can spread, that’s really a great thing.

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4 Responses to “It’s Really A Lifestyle”

  1. Zac January 15, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Thank you for not repeating 8a’s coverage. This piece is so much nicer than having an article about Kevin Jorgeson calling out the President.

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  2. Frode Mauritsen January 15, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    I think what Tommy says is very commendable. He does not play for a second the part of the slightly crazy, possibly arrogant, death defying daredevil that most non-climbing people and media probably expect to find in “mountaineering news”.

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  3. nobody January 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    I think KJ’s tweet was long before the president’s congratulations.

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  4. Frode Mauritsen January 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Possibly useful article to be spread among the non-climbing folks?

    When’s the press conference on El Cap meadow?

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