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The push : a climber's journey of endurance, risk, and going beyond limits / Tommy Caldwell.

Caldwell, Tommy, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Erlanger Branch 796.522092 C147 2017 (Text) 33126022393437 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 06/01/2020
Wm. E. Durr Branch 796.522092 C147 2017 (Text) 33126024563722 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780399562709
  • ISBN: 0399562702
  • ISBN: 9780399562716 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]

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"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." -- Dust jacket.
Subject: Caldwell, Tommy.
Mountaineers > United States > Biography.
Rock climbing > Anecdotes.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2017 May #1

    Not everyone can ask their parents to show them how to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. But Tommy Caldwell did, completing the Salathé Wall with his dad, Mike, in 1997. Here, Caldwell chronicles his life both on and off the rope, detailing how his dad introduced him to climbing, and summers spent at various American climbing meccas with his family. After high school, Caldwell left Colorado and became an itinerant climber. In 2000, on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan, Caldwell and three others were taken hostage by rebels. That story is related here as is his growth as an athlete, including his free climbs on Yosemite's walls after years of dedication and training. Later chapters cover his continual evolution as Caldwell returned to alpine climbing, met his current wife, and worked assiduously to ascend Yosemite's Dawn Wall, which he completed with partner Kevin Jorgeson in 2014 after seven years of preparation. VERDICT Climbers will inhale Caldwell's book and want more; adventure readers will love his descriptions of climbs and techniques, even if they are new to the sport.—Margaret Atwater-Singer, Univ. of Evansville Lib., IN

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

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