Tommy Caldwell Interview

A couple years ago I stumbled across this Tommy Caldwell interview and at first glance it seemed pretty standard. “How has Dawn Wall changed your life….What was the attention like…..What did the President say when he called?”. But then I found a couple insightful nuggets that I thought were different.

Tommy Caldwell mentioned how important good partners are and how friendships usually develop from them:

The mountains just have an amazing way of creating these lifelong friendships that I haven’t figured out how to do outside of climbing, really. Sometimes I look at other people and I think, “How do people become friends? How do you become close without going on these adventures together?” I don’t even really understand that because [in the climbing world] it happens in this so much more intense way.

​I also like this question. It really shows how much a part of TC that Yosemite really is.

If you could have brought up any historical figure or inspiration to you, who would that have been?

Nobody’s ever asked me that. That would have been a trip! It would have been cool to have somebody like Tom Frost up there – he’s always been a big Yosemite legend and it would have been cool to experience El Cap through his eyes a little bit, because he was there when the wall was first being climbed in those very first years. Warren Harding would have been amazing, because he was just so good at partying up there and he loved the environment. For whatever reason, my mind goes toward the people who know Yosemite really well. I would want to learn more about El Cap from their vision.

​Nice and quick read with some great photos.

Off the Wall: Tommy Caldwell

NASA Admits Climate Change Occurs due to Earth’s Orbit, Not Fossil Fuels

Huh…

“For more than 60 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has known that the changes occurring to planetary weather patterns are completely natural and normal.”

I saw this headline and opener and thought…yeah right. Yet, after just a quick read through this, it makes sense – even to someone who was a former political science major.

“If we had to sum the whole thing up in one simple phrase, it would be this: The biggest factor influencing weather and climate patterns on earth is the sun, period. Depending on the earth’s position to the sun at any given time, climate conditions are going to vary dramatically, and even create drastic abnormalities that defy everything that humans thought they knew about how the earth worked.”

🤔

NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels

Links of the Week (9/23/2019)

Some photography and travel links for you this week. Always fun reads.

The addition of any new lens is a pretty big deal. You might remember my excitement when we gained the “telephoto” 51mm lens with the iPhone 7 Plus, and today I’m just as thrilled to be putting an entirely new Ultra Wide lens in my pocket. It gives us another format to tell the story, another perspective to visualize, and a better rounded tool for doing our best creative work.

​Ok, one last iPhone link…this professional photographer captured some amazing pictures with the new 11 pro.

iPhone 11 Pro Camera Review — Austin Mann

But with untold millions of miles of roadways tracing the globe, it can be hard to pick the best route. Here are 10 of the world’s best road trips.

​Some of the “roads” have some amazing views…but also some serious pucker factor. 😳

Here are 10 of the world’s most spectacular road trips

Wherever you choose to go before the busy holiday months, you’ll find that a trip to somewhere new or to an old favorite destination is the ideal transition between summer’s end and the winter season ahead.

​If you’re looking for a last trip before winter, this article shares some cool places from Nashville to Egypt.

The Best Places to Travel in October

We asked the experts the best ways to cure, or at least, semi-indulge your wanderlust when you really can’t travel.

Bonus: You don’t have to brave TSA.

​I fall in to this category.

12 Ways to Cure Wanderlust When You Really Can’t Travel

Over the last year Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming has seen heightening tensions between climbers with differing perceptions of what constitutes good route development ethics. Although bolting routes in this area has always involved some degree of rock manipulation, many in the community feel that many routes that have gone up in the last few years violate reasonable ethical standards—specifically routes with holds that are manufactured, sometimes a significant number of them, including drilled pockets. This tension recently came to a head when a group of 18 anonymous climbers chopped the bolts from about 30 climbs within the canyon. In a statement on Reddit, they explained that they could not chop the bolts from every heavily manufactured climb due to their abundancy. In an effort to inform others as to which routes those were, they placed padlocks, painted red to be more attention grabbing, on the first bolt of around 30 more climbs.

​Climbing community drama always bums me out a little bit. We have such a passionate community and I tend to fall on the side of preserving the rock over manufacturing climbs in “unclimbable” spots.

The Ten Sleep Route Manufacturing Controversy Explained

A water-bearer in India had two large pots,

Both hung on the ends of a pole…

Both hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot always arrived half full.

The poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water-bearer one day by the stream:

‘I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts.’

The bearer said to the pot, ‘Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

This is not a parable that I came up with, but it is one that I love rereading. Thank God, you do not need to be perfect for God to use you to bring beauty to this world.

Perhaps This is Why We Climb…

Such a beautiful climbing quote…

So it happens that the wealthier and more advance a society, the more fanatic its interest in certain kinds of sport. Civilization’s trajectory is to curve back upon itself – naturally? Helplessly? – like the mythical snake biting its own tail and to take up with passion the outward signs and gestures of “savagery.” While it is plausible that emotionally effete men and women may require ever more extreme experiences to arouse them, it is perhaps the case too that the desire is not merely to mimic but, magically, to be brute, primitive, instinctive, and therefore innocent. One might then be a person for whom the contest is not mere self-destructive play but life itself; and the world, not in spectacular and irrevocable decline, but new, fresh, vital, terrifying and exhilarating by turns, a place of wonders.

—Joyce Carol Oats

I believe that quote speaks straight from the part of my soul that yearns to climb and could never tell me why.

This is in the introduction of the book El Capitan: Historic Feats and Radical Routes. I don’t remember when I bought this book but this quote is the most perfect opening to a climbing book I’ve ever read.

Links of the Week (9/16/2019)

Apple released so…much…stuff…

With all the Apple news last week, I thought I’d give you a quick list of links to the various new Apple products and services.

Yes there’s a new iPhone. It’s better, faster, and shoots even BETTER photos and video.

Yes there is a new iPad. They made it cheaper, blazing fast, has a smart connection for a keyboard, and is Apple Pencil compatible.

And…Yes, there’s a new Apple Watch. Has an always on display, is faster, and looks great.

Here’s a few links if you want to dig deeper. (Or just scroll down and watch the whole keynote)


With every new iteration of iOS, I’ve had a pull to return to Apple’s own first-party apps. With iOS 13, that pull is stronger than ever:

​Hmmmmm

Moving Back to Apple’s Stock Apps – The Sweet Setup

Games are available to up to six family members through Apple’s Family Sharing feature, sync progress across devices with iCloud, and do not require an Internet connection to be played.

​This will be huge for my kids…and maybe me. 🙂

Apple Unveils Apple Arcade Game Subscription Details

And on Tuesday, Apple announced a range of new health initiatives and studies to keep their focus dialled in for the next few years.

A Roundup of Health Features to Check Out in iOS and watchOS – The Sweet Setup

Firstly, the radio stations feature is launching on HomePod on September 30. However, the previously-announced multi-user support and the music handoff features are not coming in September. Apple simply says ‘later this fall’. They also teased a new white noise mode that they hadn’t talked about before…

New HomePod Details Emerge

With Apple’s shows, most series will debut three episodes at launch, with new episodes released weekly thereafter. However, some series will drop full seasons at once, following the Netflix-style binge model.

Apple TV+ Launching November 1 at $4.99/month, Free for 1 Year with Hardware Purchase

In case you weren’t able to catch the keynote live, or if you’re just looking for a healthy roundup of what Apple announced today, we’ve got you covered.

A Roundup of Apple’s September 2019 iPhone Keynote – The Sweet Setup