Tommy Caldwell


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Tommy’s dad taught him to embrace fear and doubt and turn them into inspiration. Given this attitude, Tommy has established some of the hardest routes in the country and free climbed 12 routes on El Capitan in Yosemite. He believes difficult journeys, with little chance for success, teach him the most.  This attitude is no better exemplified than by his by his first free ascent of Dawn Wall in January of 2015, and his first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia in February of 2014. 

It's not just big wall climbing where Tommy excels with hard sport ascents up to 9a+ and hard boulder ascents up to font 8b.

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Press Release COROS Convos Video Interview - Killian Jornet x Tommy Caldwell

In this episode of COROS Convos, two of the greatest mountain athletes of all time sit down together for the very first time.    

Fri Night Vid In Conversation with Adam Ondra and Tommy Caldwell

This week's Friday Night Video is a wide ranging and fascinating conversation between two giants of the sport: Adam Ondra and Tommy Caldwell. Obviously, The Dawn Wall is a massive topic and they delve into each others' experiences and...

News Caldwell and Honnold Complete Massive Linkup in Rocky Mountain National Park

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed a huge linkup of peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Taking roughly a day and a half, the pair linked climbs from Mount Meeker to Mount Notchtop, naming the...

News New free line on El Capitan for Caldwell and Honnold

Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Kevin Jorgeson have joined forces to establish a new free line on El Capitan....

Newsflash Honnold and Caldwell climb The Nose in sub 2 Hours

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have set their third speed record on The Nose of El Capitan in the space...

News Yet Another Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

That's right - they've done it again! Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have set yet another speed record...

News New Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have knocked almost ten minutes off the previous speed record for climbing The...

News Yosemite News...with Video and Photos.

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OTS 2024 - Our Best of the Show

The 2024 Outdoor Trade Show has just concluded. Over a busy three days our team clocked up an impressive mileage crisscrossing the show to check out all the new gear we can expect to see in the shops in 2025. As ever, a few items particularly c...

Edelrid Moe 3R - The first recycled harness

The Moe 3R is claimed to be the first climbing harness made almost entirely from recycled materials, an advance worth celebrating. On top of its environmental credentials it's solid, comfy, and very reasonably priced, says Toby Archer, making it...

La Sportiva Miura VS - If it ain't broke...

The Miura VS has been a much-loved favourite for over 15 years, says Tim Hill, and in a world of soft climbing shoes the good news is that the recent update has not watered down what this model does best - supportive edging performance.

Edelrid's New Rage Ice Axe

The new version of Edelrid's most technical axe, the Rage, is well-made, well-designed, and a lot of fun to climb with, says Toby...

Patagonia Super Free Alpine Jacket

Making use of Gore's new PFC-free technology, this is an interesting lightweight mountain shell, says Dan Bailey - and one...

Patagonia Triolet Jacket - PFC-Free, and Built to Take Abuse

Featuring Gore's new PFC-free ePE membrane, the Triolet is a superb and very burly shell, says Rob...

Edelrid Eagle Lite Protect Pro Dry 9.5mm

When it comes to single ropes, it's tempting to assume that thicker and heavier necessarily equals more durable and...

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Environmental Responsibility with EDELRID

EDELRID's Climb Green label is a dynamic, internally developed label for products that currently fulfill the highest standards of responsible design and production on the market in their respective product group.


2024 is, as usual, shaping up to be an exciting year for EDELRID. This year brings, not only some new products but also some long overdue updates to existing products in the range. We could go on for hours about updates to the range but instead we thought...

#ClimbGreen collection from EDELRID

All products in the #ClimbGreen collection are made from sustainable materials or stand out due to their particularly long service life. They are produced in a resource-friendly way and under fair working conditions.

Getting started with EDELRID

Starting climbing as a beginner can be daunting so we asked friend of the brand and new climber Lucy O'Neill to summarise her...

Edelrid 160 Years

This year marks the 160th year anniversary of EDELRID. Since the company was founded in 1863 by Julius EDELmann and Carl RIDder,...

Christmas gifts from EDELRID

With Christmas fast approaching it's time to start thinking about what gifts you may want to buy the climber in your life....

Harnesses from EDELRID

The Sendero, Autana and Sirana are priced from £80-£70 and sit perfectly in our range nestled between the best...

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