Hanging Out On Top of Cliffs Is My Happy Place

Tommy Caldwell Talks About His Lifelong Obsession with Climbing

June 16, 2017
Tommy Caldwell, at his base camp in the middle of the Dawn Wall.

Corey Rich Productions, Novus Select (Penguin Randomhouse)

Tommy Caldwell’s ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall is considered the hardest rock climb in history. It capped 7 years of grueling preparation. But it wasn’t his most harrowing ordeal. That happened when he was kidnapped in the Kyrgyzstan mountains by Islamic militants and only survived by pushing his captor off a cliff.