All posts tagged: Dawn Wall

Lost in Translation

A couple weeks ago Adam and I received a call from his mom. She had just watched a segment on the news about a climber named Tommy who’s climbing a new route up El Capitan. “Isn’t that the climber you saw while you were in Yosemite?” Adam and I looked at each other – the news? The Dawn Wall had made the news? A couple days later I spoke with my parents. They had watched a similar segment on TV. And so it went – every family member or friend I talked to asked me, “Did you hear about those climbers in Yosemite?” I was baffled that Tommy Caldwell’s and Kevin Jorgeson’s push on the Dawn Wall had broken into mainstream media, not because the attention wasn’t well deserved, but because it is extremely rare for our community to capture the attention of non-climbers. But, as I said, it can be difficult for outsiders to understand exactly how our sport works. As a result, climbers, including myself, have felt a full spectrum of emotions in …