In January 2016 Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson topped out on the first free ascent of El Capitain’s Dawn Wall.
For once it wasn’t just the climbing community watching, but the whole world. The Push by Tommy Caldwell tells the story of what led him to dedicate seven years of his life to cracking this route.
This is Tommy Caldwell’s first attempt at writing a book, but it doesn’t show. The writing is simple and engaging, giving you the opportunity to see inside Tommy’s world. He’s honest and open about some of the more difficult things life has thrown at him, without it ever becoming in anyway self indulgent therapy.
He threads a story through his earliest memories of climbing with his dad and how he became a professional climber, being kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan, his relationship with Beth Roden and on into some of his greatest routes and achievements.
His ability to involve the reader in the adventure as it’s being told makes this book impossible to put down. It has pace and humour and gives a real insight into what has shaped one of the best American climbers of a generation.
About the Author
Alex Palmer is the co-owner and founder of Cold Mountain Kit and started climbing back in 1989. He’s climbed extensively throughout the UK, French Alps and has been as far afield as Yosemite, Northern Patagonia and South Africa. A total trad climbing snob.