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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 12/26/2019
Wm. E. Durr Branch 796.522092 C147 2017 (Text) 33126024563722 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • 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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Summary, etc.:
"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.

  • Baker & Taylor
    The accomplished rock climber describes his life and challenges, including how he was once held hostage on a climb, and the obsessive nature that drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit.
  • Baker & Taylor
    The first rock climber to free-climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan chronicles his amazing life of adventure, from growing up with his fanatical mountain-guide father to being held hostage by militants in Kyrgyzstan to the seven years it took to pursue is crowning achievement in Yosemite.
  • Penguin Putnam
    A New York Times Bestseller

    A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, 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


    A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature


    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, 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.

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