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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 on the CDUL  © Caldwell Collection

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 challenge the 'Continental ...

Caldwell and Honnold's New El Cap route  © Alex Honnold Collection
Caldwell and Honnold's New El Cap route  © Alex Honnold Collection

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. The line initially heads up Passage of Freedom, a free route that was first climbed by Leo Houlding around 18 years ago and then...

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...

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...

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

News Yosemite News...with Video and Photos.


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Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in its class, the TX Guide may be the most mountain-worthy approach shoe on the market, if - and it's a big if - you can get on with...

Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood
Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood

La Sportiva Jackal

"I liked the Jackal from the moment I first put them on and have continued to love them through repeated use" says Rob Greenwood. Designed for ultra distances runners, this light-but-cushioned trail shoe would be a good choice for anyone looking for a comfy do-it-all shoe...

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton
Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings,...

It'a a modular technical crampon that can be set in six different configurations  © Dan Bailey
It'a a modular technical crampon that can be set in six different configurations  © Dan Bailey

Edelrid Beast Crampon

Similar to models such as the BD Cyborg, Petzl LYNX and Grivel G14, the Beast can be set up in twin or monopoint mode. You also get three...

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

ISPO 2020 - Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and...

Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna
Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna

Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket

It's not built for serious Scottish winter abuse, but for sweaty mountain activities, from ski touring and mountaineering to...


Latest News from Tommy's Sponsors

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Edelrid Key Products  © Edelrid

History of EDELRID and some key products

EDELRID started out manufacturing braids and cords and in 1880 presented their first braided fishing lines in Berlin. The biggest innovation came in 1953 when EDELRID introduced the world's first kernmantel rope.

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined with high dynamism allows the Theory to have unprecedented pedidextarity and reactivity on holds. The Solution Comp is a softer and...

La Sportiva Jackal - Mountain Running Shoe

The Jackal is a mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances

Autana wide  © EDELRID
Autana wide  © EDELRID

New harnesses from EDELRID

Alongside rope harnesses are another product group in which EDELRID continue to push innovation and release new products. 2020...

Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid
Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid

Swift Protect Pro Dry: A new innovation from EDELRID

EDELRID are widely regarded as one of the world's most innovative rope manufactures. For 2020, we've...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

Edelrid Christmas Goodies  © Edelrid
Edelrid Christmas Goodies  © Edelrid

Christmas gifts from EDELRID

Christmas shopping is in full swing. Since you're unable to buy the climber in your life what they really want...decent...


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