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 280: Taps 2024 – The Really Bollocks Edition
On Episode 280 of the Enormocast we present the 2024 Taps edition of the Enormocast. This is the annual episode where we lay to rest traditions, foibles, and notions in climbing that are either sadly going to sleep never to reawaken, or should be put to bed for good. The Enormocast is joined by our … Continue reading "Enormocast 280: Taps 2024 – The Really Bollocks Edition"
Enormocast 279: David Smart and Royal Robbins – Some Work of Noble Note
On episode 279 of the Enormocast, we have an allt-ime double-header. First, David Smart joins from Toronto to talk about his life as a climber and his new book from The Mountaineers, Royal Robbins: The American Climber. Royal Robbins was one of the most influential climbers of all time, and David’s book is the most … Continue reading "Enormocast 279: David Smart and Royal Robbins – Some Work of Noble Note"
Enormocast 278: Thomas Bukowski – A Funny Little Life
On Episode 278 of the Enormocast, I connect with Thomas Bukowski from my home to his van sitting in Yosemite. Thomas had just completed three El Cap routes in three days, and was recovering. His next adventures in Patagonia were just on the horizon. Thomas is an American citizen, but is also half Chinese and … Continue reading "Enormocast 278: Thomas Bukowski – A Funny Little Life"
Enormocast Rebroadcast: Episode 93: Armando Menocal – The Peaceful Climbing Warrior
As we stare down into the howling void of Government regulation of our dear sport, let us give thanks and a listen to Armando Menocal from 2015. Armando has made it his life’s work to keep the simpering bureaucrats in Washington and elsewhere at bay. But lately, they have reared their heads in an attempt … Continue reading "Enormocast Rebroadcast: Episode 93: Armando Menocal – The Peaceful Climbing Warrior"
Enormocast 277: Kurt Smith – The Iconoclast
On Episode 277 of the Enormocast, we connect with the inimitable Kurt Smith. Kurt grew up in the 70s in Tahoe and through friendships with local climbers like Rick Lovelace and encounters with Yosemite Climber, Kurt found himself in Joshua Tree amongst the Stonemasters in the early 80s. Soon, Kurt and his crew were making … Continue reading "Enormocast 277: Kurt Smith – The Iconoclast"
Enormocast Tweener: A Candid Ascent of Trango Tower with Jordan Cannon, Jesse Huey, and Matt Segal [Part 2]
When we left the boys in the last Episode, they had just summited the Trango Tower via the 2nd ascent of Cowboy Direct. In this installment, the summit emotions and revelations come fast and furious as well as the realization that hits every alpinist on the summit: “Oh, shit, we still gotta get off this … Continue reading "Enormocast Tweener: A Candid Ascent of Trango Tower with Jordan Cannon, Jesse Huey, and Matt Segal [Part 2]"
I am a 72 year old, who lives in Iowa and doesn’t climb, but this is my favorite podcast. I have listened to most, if not all, of the episodes. The last episode #276 was so good it it motivated this 5 star review.
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.