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 241: Jonathan Howland – The Weight
On Episode 241, I connect with climber and author, Jonathan Howland. Jonathan started climbing in the early 70s and spent much of that decade obsessed with the pursuit. Then a 20 year hiatus ensued, but Jonathan returned to the climbing-fold with a similar passion but a new outlook. Then tragedy hit, and as can often … Continue reading "Enormocast 241: Jonathan Howland – The Weight"
Enormocast 240: Maiza Lima – The Long Way Home
On Episode 240 of the Enormocast, I am joined by Maiza Lima. Maiza resides, more or less, in Great Falls, Montana, but her journey to that town has been a long and arduous one. Maiza was born and grew up in a remote village in Brazil, and in her teens, joined her mother to cross … Continue reading "Enormocast 240: Maiza Lima – The Long Way Home"
Enormocast 239: Janja Garnbret – Her Hardest Hue to Hold
On Episode 239 of the Enormocast, I have the privilege to sit down with Gold Medalist, Janja Garnbret. A Slovenian climbing hero, Janja, of course, took Gold at the inaugural climbing Olympics, but before that she was already the winningest climbing athlete of all time. As she beams into the interview from Oliana, Catalunya, a … Continue reading "Enormocast 239: Janja Garnbret – Her Hardest Hue to Hold"
Enormocast 238 – Tommy Caldwell: Concerned Climbing Citizen
On episode 238 of the Enormocast, Tommy Caldwell shows up for his sophomore appearance on the podcast. A lot has gone down since his first show in 2016. Both Tommy and the Royal We had a child – his second. He wrote a New York Times best seller. He and Honnold put up a free … Continue reading "Enormocast 238 – Tommy Caldwell: Concerned Climbing Citizen"
Enormocast 237: Anna Hazelnutt – Not Afraid to Try
On Episode 237 of the Enormocast, I catch up with freshly minted trad climber, Anna Hazelnutt. Anna cut her teeth on high-ball slab boulders in So Cal, but then turned to sport climbing in Catalunya. After a great season in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, she traded fun in the sun for windy and rainy on the … Continue reading "Enormocast 237: Anna Hazelnutt – Not Afraid to Try"
Enormocast 236: Malik Martin and Conrad Anker – Brothers, Friends, and Countrymen
On Episode 236 of the Enormocast, I sit down next to, but for some reason not in, a hot springs pool with Malik Martin and Conrad Anker. Conrad and Malik met at Memphis Rox when Malik was working there, and the North Face had sent Conrad to check it out. Memphis Rox is a unique … Continue reading "Enormocast 236: Malik Martin and Conrad Anker – Brothers, Friends, and Countrymen"
The first and the beast!
Narcissist holds audience hostage in inner monologue
Might as well be the name of the show.
Chris frequently overtalks his much more accomplished and interesting and HUMBLE guests.
An especially cringey moment that showcased his overweaning ego occurred during the Janja Garnbret episode introduced Janja, saying that he was able to control his nervousness prior to interviewing her by reminding himself that the only difference between them was just that he was an outdoors climber and she was an indoors climber. Hard eye-roll here. Really, Chris? It didn't strike you that the major difference was that she was a world class climber with much harder outdoor sends than you have ever attempted?
Basically, this is a man in love with himself who exhaustively brags about his climbing feats which are pretty mediocre compared to his guests, but due to his finding climbing prior to the much-griped about age of the gym, constantly demeans younger generations instead of recognizing their contributions to progressing the sport.
Painful listen. He gets great guests, but they're held hostage too.
I really enjoy these episodes!! Chris is a great interviewer and he makes his guests the stars of the show. Loved Jay Smith interview (no ego there). Love anything with John Long. Croft, O’Neill, were all my favs. Love to hear you sit down with Chouinard and maybe Steve Gerbeding. Steve out up more A5 routes on El Cap than anyone. He’s a super cool guy (humble)