“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. 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. 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?
    http://www.restjug.com/2015/01/10-things-non-climbers-should-know-about-the-dawn-wall-climb/

    When’s the press conference on El Cap meadow?

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