Tommy Caldwell Biography, Age, Family, Spouse, Rebecca, Kids, Finger Loss, Net Worth, Hostage, Dawn Wall, Free Solo, Documentaries, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold, Shoes, Poster, The Push, Accomplishments, Climbs

Tommy Caldwell is an American rock climber. He is accomplished in sport climbing, hard traditional climbing, big-wall speed climbing and big-wall free climbing.

Tommy Caldwell Biography

Tommy Caldwell is an American rock climber. He is accomplished in sport climbing, hard traditional climbing, big-wall speed climbing and big-wall free climbing. He made the first free ascents (FFA) of a handful of El Capitan routes in Yosemite National Park. He also made the first ascents (FA) of some of the United States’ hardest sport routes. They included Kryptonite and Flex Luthor at the Fortress of Solitude, Colorado.

Tommy Caldwell

In January 2015, Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. The 19-day ascent of the Dawn Wall is considered by some as the hardest successful rock climb in history. In 2015, he was called the best all-round rock climber on the planet by the National Geographic. He is the author of The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk and Going Beyond Limits.

On celebs trend, Tommy’s is ranked in the list of most popular celebrities. He is also ranked on the list with those people who were born on August 11. He also has a Position among the list of Most popular Mountain Climber. Tommy Caldwell is 1 of the celebs with the age 40 years as of 2018. Tommy believes difficult journeys, with little chance for success, teach him the most. This attitude is no better exemplified than by his first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in January of 2015, and his first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia in February of 2014. “I go into the mountains each day as a way to explore limits and self and to increase my love for the world we live in.”

Tommy Caldwell Age

He was born on 11 August 1978 in Estes Park, Colorado, United States. He is 40 years as of 2018.

Tommy Caldwell Family

Caldwell was born to Mike Caldwell and Terry. Terry was also a mountain guide. Caldwell grew up in Loveland, Colorado. His father was a former teacher, professional body builder, mountain guide and rock climber. Mike Caldwell introduced Tommy to rock climbing at a young age. The family, including a sister, went on annual trips to Yosemite National Park where Tommy’s love for the park and rock climbing flourished.

He was raised by an adventurous father and mountain guide who 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.

Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell Wife|Tommy Caldwell Rebecca

In 2003, Caldwell got married to Beth Rodden. Unfortunately, the divorced in 2010. In 2010 Caldwell met Rebecca Pietsch. Rebecca Pietsch was a photographer. The married in 2012.The couple was blessed with a son and a daughter: Fitz and Ingrid Wilde. They reside in Estes Park, Colorado.

Tommy Caldwell Finger Loss

Caldwell accidentally sawed off much of his left index finger with a table saw in 2001. Doctors were able to reattach the severed portion, but Caldwell subsequently had it removed so as not to hinder his climbing career.

Tommy Caldwell Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $100K-1M as of 2018.

Tommy Caldwell Hostage

In August 2000, Caldwell and fellow climbers Beth Rodden, John Dickey and Jason Smith were held hostage. They were held hostage for six days by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Caldwell pushed a lone captor, Ravshan Sharipov, off a cliff, and subsequently escaped to government soldiers. It was later discovered that Sharipov survived the fall.

Greg Child wrote a book about their ordeal, Over the Edge: The True Story of Four American Climbers’ Kidnap and Escape in the Mountains of Central Asia. In the same year, a follow-up article, “Back from the Edge”, was published in Outside magazine. Caldwell gave a filmed lecture “How Becoming a Hostage and Losing a Finger Made Him a Better Climber”.

Tommy Caldwell Dawn Wall|Tommy Caldwell Free Solo|Documentaries 

The Dawn Wall

The Dawn Wall, is a documentary following Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on their free climb of the Dawn Wall. This documentary was released on September 19, 2018. The documentary was directed by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer.

Free Solo

Caldwell also appeared in the documentary ‘Free Solo’.  This documentary was released in September 28, 2018. It is about Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent up El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. In the documentary, Caldwell is seen working with Honnold to prepare for the climb, and is interviewed about Honnold and rock climbing.

Tommy Caldwell And Kevin Jorgeson

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson stepped on top of the Dawn Wall, a route on El Capitan in the Yosemite National Park thought to be unclimbable. More than three years later, their story has travelled far beyond the vertical rock and its climbing crowd as The Dawn Wall movie hits theatres around the world.

Tommy Caldwell Vs Alex Honnold

On 6 th of June 2018, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell broke the sub-2-hour mark on the Nose (VI 5.8 A2) of El Capitan. It was a stated goal they had been pursuing that season. They claimed the previous two speed records on the route—one on May 30, the other on June 4.

The duo began the route at approximately 6 a.m. and topped out shortly before 8 a.m. “1:58:07,” said Honnold from the top of the 3,000-foot route. It the second time the massive formation has been climbed in sub 2 hours. In October 2003, Alex and Thomas Huber, former Nose record holders, climbed the approximately 1,900-foot, 19-pitch Zodiac (VI 5.7 A3) in 1:51.

Honnold and Caldwell had been working hard on going sub two hours. That climd had been approximately their tenth time climbing the route in the past few weeks. On May 30, the pair beat the previous record set by Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds when they topped out the Nose in 2:10:51. On Monday June 4th, the pair shaved off another 9 minutes, topping out in 2:01:50.

Tommy Caldwell Shoes

Tommy Caldwell Shoes

Tommy Caldwell Poster

Tommy Caldwell Posters

Tommy Caldwell The Push

‘The Push’, is a dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell. Tommy Caldwell has a record of beig the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan. “The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.” —The Denver Post.

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat the subject of the documentary film The Dawn Wall to be released nationwide in September was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell’s affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing.

But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blankest face—the Dawn Wall.

This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father. The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation. It is a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.

Tommy Caldwell Accomplishments

  •  Dawn Wall
  • Fitz Traverse
  • Nose and Free Rider all free in a day
  • Magic Mushroom- pitches, El Capitan
  • Flex Luther- Fortress of Solitude, Colorado

Tommy Caldwell Climbs

He made the first ascents (FA) of some of the United States’ hardest sport routes (as of 2008) including Kryptonite (5.14c/d) and Flex Luthor(5.15a) at the Fortress of Solitude, Colorado. In May, 2004 he completed the first free ascent of Dihedral Wall. In 2005, he and Beth Rodden (swapping leads) made the third and fourth free ascents of The Nose. Two days later, on October 16, Caldwell free-climbed The Nose in less than 12 hours.

A few days later, Caldwell climbed The Nose in 11 hours, descended the East Ledges, and then climbed Freerider, topping out 12 hours later – the first ascent of two El Capitan free climbs in 24 hours. On El Capitan, Caldwell has also free-climbed: Lurking Fear, Muir Wall (Cosgrove var. to Magic Mushroom finish, FFA), West Buttress, Salathé, Zodiac and Magic Mushroom. In January 2015, Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

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