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When climbing was a fringe sport, the epic tales of achievement were told around the campfire. As the sport continues to grow, Alex Honnold and co-host Fitz Cahall grab the mic to share stories from the people who define climbing by pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo of the previous generation.

Climbing Gold Duct Tape Then Beer

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    • 4.9 • 759 Ratings

When climbing was a fringe sport, the epic tales of achievement were told around the campfire. As the sport continues to grow, Alex Honnold and co-host Fitz Cahall grab the mic to share stories from the people who define climbing by pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo of the previous generation.

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    The weight of expectations is real. Today, Olympians Natalia Grossman and Jesse Grupper share their journey through the highs and lows of winning and losing. Even when you're winning, the road to Paris is a difficult path.

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    • 52 min
    Brooke Raboutou: Paris Bound

    Brooke Raboutou: Paris Bound

    At only 23, Brooke Raboutou has established herself as one of the best climbers indoors and out. While that’s taken an extreme amount of talent and dedication, Brooke and two other Olympians, Natalia Grossman and Colin Duffy, are graduates of a groundbreaking approach to climbing created by Brooke’s mom Robyn Ebersfield-Raboutou. Climbing has a lot to teach about life. 

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    • 52 min
    War Games

    War Games

    Yes, the Olympics are entertainment, but they can also transcend sport. Ukrainian climber Jenya Kazbekova carries a weight few competitors have to shoulder. Two years into Russia’s unprovoked attack on her home, Jenya is channeling the strength of her country into competing in Paris. She just hopes the world doesn’t forget Ukraine.  

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    Ashima Shiraishi: The Competitor's Mind

    Ashima Shiraishi: The Competitor's Mind

    What’s Ashima Shiraishi been up to? Since she was eight, Ashima made waves with staggering ascents beyond her years. In 2021, Ashima helped bring us into the mind of a competitor walking us through in meticulous detail of what it’s like to compete in a World Cup. Today, we reshare that short segment and then find out about Ashima’s new path through climbing far from the spotlight of the competitive circuit. 

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    • 36 min
    Head Games

    Head Games

    When we think of cutting edge climbing, we think of cutting edge athleticism. But what about the mental side? The true test of finishing the world’s most difficult routes may not come down to strength, but mental fitness. Today, we are joined by Jonathan Siegrist to discuss the mental hurdles climbers experience. Sometimes you have to let go to hang on. 

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    • 53 min
    Kai Lightner: Return To Form

    Kai Lightner: Return To Form

    Kai Lightner is on a tear. When we last spoke with Kai, his path in professional climbing was unclear. He’d struggled with disordered eating, injuries, and growing into his adult body after a decade of success in competition and his path back to the upper limits of climbing seemed uncertain. Last year, Kai turned his attention to climbing outside and took the emphasis off results. An incredible string of sends followed, and once again Kai has found himself at the forefront.  

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
759 Ratings

759 Ratings

Shannon-m ,

Seems like Jon Krakauer would make a really good guest

3 year climber, longtime listener, and big fan. I started reading Into Thin Air the other day, and realized that Krakauer was a pretty impressive climber as well as a talented storyteller. I don’t even have an idea what you might talk about, just that it would probably be good. Even if you don’t, thanks for the show!

sissywood69 ,

Climbing Lingo

Not a climber but love the stories and heartfelt experiences- just wish that some of the climbing terminology could be explained as the stories are unfolding i.e. pitch numbers, sending it, projecting etc

Joey Doolin ,

Great podcast

I look forward to listening to this show every time I commute. Haven’t listened to an episode yet that wasn’t entertaining and informative. Thank you for taking away the monotony of some of the duller moments in life and resparking my interest in climbing.

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