Date of birth: August 11, 1978
Location: Estes Park, Colorado
Height: 5 ft 11in
Weight: 165 lbs
Profession: Rock Climber
Highest Grade: Redpoint 5.15a ( 9a+ ) Flex Luthor
About: Tommy Caldwell is an American rock climber accomplished in sport climbing, hard traditional climbing, big-wall speed climbing, and big-wall free climbing. Caldwell made the first free ascents of several El Capitan routes in Yosemite National Park.
“Life is all about risk and reward. Better to have struggled, to have tried, than to not have seized an opportunity at all.”
TOMMY CALDWELL VIDEOS
To get him ready for the Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell set an audacious goal of climbing the hardest routes in one day at The Monastery, Colorado. The Quickening 5.13c/d; Grand Ol Opry 5.14b; Third Millennium 5.14a and Dream Catch 5.13d
Visionary climber Tommy Caldwell climbs the crux hold of pitch 15, rated 5.14c. Tommy wrote " The crux holds on pitch 15 are some of the smallest and sharpest holds I have ever attempted to hold onto". The completion of pitch 15 was considered the last major hurdle to the eventual success of the seven year Dawn Wall dream project.
Tommy Caldwell puts in four to five days a week of intenser, hours long training to stay in peak climbing shape. His routine is based on repetition and flexibility.