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Tommy Caldwell        

Climber, Best Known for Being the First to Free Climb to the Summit of Yosemite's El Capitan

Tommy Caldwell is a big-wall free climber. In 2015, he spent over 19 days in completing the first-ever free climb of the Dawn Wall at El Capitan, which is considered to be the hardest climb of its type in the world.

Caldwell began climbing not long after he learned to walk. When his father, a larger-than-life bodybuilder and mountain guide, introduced him to the world of adventure, he handed him an eternal flame.

As a teenager, talent and passion led Caldwell to the top of the competition climbing and sport climbing circuits. Soon after, as his appetite for adventure grew, he became obsessed with the incredibly demanding genre of big-wall free climbing.

But in his early twenties, Caldwell was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, and then, upon returning home, he lost his index finger in a home remodeling accident. Caldwell emerged with a renewed grit and ability to suffer, further cultivating his legendary determination.

His subsequent free climbing accomplishments on El Capitan – the Mecca of the pursuit – remain unmatched, and most of his peers consider Caldwell the best all-around rock climber in the world.


Free-Climbing Yosemite's El Capitan Takes A Team - And Time : NPR

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are midway through the adventure of a lifetime. The professional climbing partners have spent the last 10 days making ...

Yosemite Climbers Find Themselves On Top of the World

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson talk about their historic Yosemite climb, ... remember a time when he wasn't climbing on something, he tells Newsweek.

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