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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Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold break the 2 hour Nose record.  © Alex Honnold
Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold break the 2 hour Nose record.  © Alex Honnold

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 of a week, breaking the 2 hour barrier that they had set their sights on, with a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes and 7 seconds...

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan  © ClaireCC

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 on The Nose of El Capitan, with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 50 seconds (2:01:50), just five days after they set a time of 2:10:15....

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan  © ClaireCC

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 Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The pair completed the route and stopped the clock after just 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15...

El Capitan, Yosemite  © ChrisJD
El Capitan, Yosemite  © ChrisJD

News Yosemite News...with Video and Photos.


Latest Reviews for Tommy's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb technical mountain boots, says Toby Archer. So it's a shame the soles seem to wear so quickly.

Attila Tec Montage  © Tom Ripley
Attila Tec Montage  © Tom Ripley

Edelrid Attila Tec Axe

The Attila Tec mountaineering axe features a fold-out grip rest and a plastic head grip. But how well do these additions stand up to the rigours of winter mountain use? Tom Ripley soon finds out.

Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear
Double thumbs up for the Skwamas...and knee bar rests...  © UKC Gear

La Sportiva Women's Otaki & Skwama

In 2018 La Sportiva greatly increased their range of women's climbing shoes. From this extended range, the Skwama and Otaki...

mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear
mountain boots group test  © UKC Gear

All Round B1-B2 Mountain Boots

Mountaineering involves all sorts of terrain, so a general mountain boot has to be an all-rounder. We look at eight models that...

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...

Lowering off of a long route requires a long rope, which also means a heavy rope, unless it's 8.9mm of course...  © Penny Orr
Lowering off of a long route requires a long rope, which also means a heavy rope, unless it's 8.9mm of course...  © Penny Orr

Edelrid Swift Eco Dry 8.9mm

With a versatile triple rating and fantastic handling, the Swift is a great route for long sport pitches and alpine north faces...


Latest News from Tommy's Sponsors

Annoucements direct from manufacturers

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of off-road terrain from canal foot paths to the trail of the Lake District.

ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC
ispo 2019 Footwear and Packs  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Footwear and Packs

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really...

Jay and Jayne  © Edelrid
Jay and Jayne  © Edelrid

Exciting updates for EDELRID's best sellers

Edelrid's three best selling harnesses have had some exciting updates for 2019. We have the Jay for men, the Jayne for women and the Finn for kids.

Aramid  © Edelrid
Aramid  © Edelrid

Stocking Fillers from Edelrid

Now that the festive season is upon us it's time to start thinking about hanging up your rock shoes for a few days and...

Shark Crampon  © Edelrid
Shark Crampon  © Edelrid

Edelrid Riot & Shark: The Perfect Combo

Now that the weather is turning colder it's time to start thinking about venturing into the mountains for some...

Micro Puff Jacket  © Patagonia
Micro Puff Jacket  © Patagonia

Introducing The Patagonia Micro Puff™ Collection

The Micro Puff™ Collection was created for days when you need one piece of insulation to do it...

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018  © Outside
Outside Crag Clean Up 2018  © Outside

Outside Crag Clean Up 2018

It's that time of year again! Let's all go out and give our crags, hills and woods a spring clean (yeah alright, we know it's...