Sorta famous climber Chris Kalous delves into the climbing life with discussion, interviews, tributes, and more on the Enormocast. Rock climbing. alpine climbing, and just climbing, climbing, and more climbing.
Enormocast 271: Charlie Schreiber – The Kids are Alright
On Episode 271, I am joined by climbing coach and former (maybe) competitor, Charlie Schreiber. Charlie coaches climbers of all ages, but the meat of this conversation is about youth climbing teams. Charlie has been a youth climbing coach since he was a youth himself. We discuss my own skepticism about the promise of youth … Continue reading "Enormocast 271: Charlie Schreiber – The Kids are Alright"
Enormocast 270: Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard – Doing What Needs to Be Done
On Episode 270 of the Enormocast, we are joined by Indigenous activist and climber, Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard. Though her path to accepting her heritage as a member of the CHamoru/Tugong Clan with origins in Guam was not without struggles, Briana has spent the last 6 years advocating for Indigenous peoples in Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. As … Continue reading "Enormocast 270: Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard – Doing What Needs to Be Done"
Enormocast Tweener: Tyler Karow Saves a Goat (Maybe a Sheep?)
On this in-between episode of the Enormocast, you get the outtakes from Episode 269 with climber, Tyler Karow. After the official interview ended, we kept talking about climbing in Jordan, the social cost of the itinerant climbing lifestyle, and a few more tidbits for your pleasure. And the cops showed up. Enjoy this free “bonus” … Continue reading "Enormocast Tweener: Tyler Karow Saves a Goat (Maybe a Sheep?)"
Enormocast 269: Tyler Karow – Engineering the Stoke
On Episode 269 of the Enormocast, I catch up with the elusive and prolific climber, Tyler Karow. Though Tyler has a popular presence on Youtube and Instagram, he still remained, for me, an enigma of sorts. Tyler burst on the national scene with a ground up free ascent of Golden Gate on El Cap (5.13) … Continue reading "Enormocast 269: Tyler Karow – Engineering the Stoke"
Enormocast 268: Lincoln Stoller – The Physics of the Unknown
On Episode 268, I connect across the northern border with former climber and current therapist, Lincoln Stoller. Lincoln came up climbing in the 70s, and his wide ranging career in climbing found him partnered with the likes of Fred Beckey, Dougal Haston, George Lowe, and John Stannard. When his interest in climbing waned, he found … Continue reading "Enormocast 268: Lincoln Stoller – The Physics of the Unknown"
Enormocast 267: Michael Gardner – Beyond the Legacy
On the Episode 267 of the Enormocast, I sit down with alpinist and Exum guide, Mike Gardner. Mike was born to the mountains and a life in guiding with early summers in the Tetons and tagging along on expeditions with his father, George Gardner. But when George was killed in a climbing accident when Mike … Continue reading "Enormocast 267: Michael Gardner – Beyond the Legacy"
As only an infrequent rock climber and mountaineer, I just discovered Chris’ podcast, but it is a excellent. While his experience and personal knowledge of many of the climbs and ascents gives him a groundwork for the interviews, the relaxed format, rapport with the guests, and probing questions takes the podcast to a higher level. The interviewees are a blend of iconic and new climbers which makes the whole series an evolving body of work that covers much of the breadth of the climbing scene from straight up rock climbing to current alpinism. Great work.
Enjoyed every minute
I’m new to this podcast and listened to a few during a long road trip. I enjoyed them and learned from them. Chris did a great job interviewing the esteemed climbers and leading them into conversations which gave me insights into who they were as people and what was important to them and what brought them to climbing. As a long time mountaineer and extreme hiker, I understand the drive it takes to pursue a dream and to keep pushing long after most have turned back. Thanks for letting us in to these very interesting people’s thoughts and positions regarding a sport to which they have dedicated so much. The conversations really made me think of my own journey.
What else can you say but the Enormocast is THE preeminent climbing podcast. Absolute classic with all the big names and plenty youve never heard of. Kalous just keeps doing it. Always gets me stoked to go climbing!