See free-climbing legend Tommy Caldwell live in Sheffield and London Press Release

The BMC is teaming up with Penguin Live to bring you Tommy Caldwell, the man that demolished El Capitan’s Dawn Wall and raced along Patagonia's Fitzroy Traverse with Alex Honnold.

Who is Tommy Caldwell?

A badass rock climber, that’s who. In 2015, after years of effort, Tommy Caldwell finally conquered the Dawn Wall, the forbidding 3,000-foot-high southwest face of El Capitan, in California's Yosemite Valley. This astonishing ascent – hailed as ‘the hardest climb of all time’ – was achieved thanks to Tommy’s immense reserves of determination and ambition to see it through.

And, even more, was not the first time Tommy's unending grit saw him through moments of incredible survival. The Dawn Wall was a climb that represented the end of a difficult recovery from the trauma of being held hostage by rebels during an earlier climbing expedition in Kyrgyzstan. Tommy’s insurmountable courage saw him able to withstand being captured by violent extremists at gunpoint and escape their clutches to return home.

Tommy last came to the UK two years ago when his talk was one of the highlights of Kendal Mountain Festival, so don't miss this rare chance to hear him speak.

When and where?

There are only two dates for this tour. Tommy will be at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Saturday 1 July and the RGS, London on Sunday 2 July.

What's on?

The one and only Niall Grimes will be the compere for the evening. He'll be introducing Tommy, warming up the crowd and hosting a Q&A session with Tommy after his talk.

Congratulated by President Obama for a feat he had previously been told he had no hope of achieving, don’t miss your chance to pose your question during the audience Q&A and hear directly from the man who made history by achieving the ‘impossible’.

Tommy will also be signing and dedicating books after the event so stick around after the talk to meet him in person. All books will be available for collection on the night from the on-site bookshop.

And, of course, we'll be there with a stand full of goodies and t-shirts, so come and say hello and find out more about the BMC.

Tickets and prices

Tickets will be on general sale from Monday 15 May. With such a climbing legend, we’re expecting tickets to sell out quick so get in early.

Standard ticket: £25 (includes a copy of The Push by Tommy Caldwell RRP £20)

Two tickets, one book: £35* (includes a copy of The Push by Tommy Caldwell RRP £20)

* This option will allow purchase of just one copy of The Push between two people.


Thanks to Penguin Live, BMC members have exclusive access to an early bird ticket offer. Early-bird tickets will be available to our members for one whole week before being released to everyone else on Monday 15 May.

The Sheffield venue has allocated seating, so this means that BMC members will get the best seats. The RGS is unreserved seating, but the first two rows will be reserved for BMC members.

To access the earlybird tickets BMC members will need to use the code that has been emailed out.

BUY: London tickets here

To purchase tickets for the London event BMC members will need to visit the ticket link above, click on ‘TICKETS’ and then enter the promotional code that we're emailing you to unlock the tickets.

BUY: Sheffield tickets here

To purchase tickets for the Sheffield event BMC members will need to visit the ticket link above and enter the promotional code that we're emailing you to unlock the tickets. For those who wish to purchase the ‘Two Tickets with One Book’ customers must select this option from the plan and select TWO seats (or incrementing pairs) from the plan.

Tickets will be on general sale from 15 May. Not a BMC member yet? It's time to join us.

For more information visit the BMC website
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