Estes Park’s famed climber Tommy Caldwell recommends dumpster diving outside a Whole Foods

It was a relatively simple question. A college student struggling with money asked Estes Park’s legendary climber Tommy Caldwell how to get affordable nutrition.

“Dumpster dive at whole foods …lol,” Caldwelll answered.

Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson took to Reddit to answer questions from fellow climbers Thursday to promote the Sept. 19 opening of “The Dawn Wall,” a documentary chronicling the two’s free climb up Yosemite’s sheer wall by the same name.

Showings of the documentary are largely sold out in Denver. A Red Bull Media House spokeswoman said the company was looking to add more local screens. But if that doesn’t occur, people can stream the documentary on iTunes starting Nov. 20.

RELATED: Estes Park’s Tommy Caldwell survived a 100-foot fall before shattering the ascent record on El Capitan

Although some questions posed were silly (It was determined that Caldwell would beat Jorgeson in a fight with his high school wrestling skills), others began probing into deeper territories: their next projects, the future of climbing and Caldwell’s favorite local crag.

Here’s a sampling of some of the questions posed and the climbers’ responses.

Question from Reddit user InaneD: ”Short and simple, what is your next big project?”

Tommy Caldwell: “I have another route I’m looking at near The Dawn Wall. But for now, focusing on parenting and activism.”

Kevin Jorgeson: “Varied, but building a climbing gym for my hometown. I started a nonprofit for kids to learn climbing. I am also planning another route up El Capitan near the Dawn Wall.”

Question from Reddit user mikeslug: “What are your favorite hometown crags? Favorite route to repeat?”

TC: “The Diamond on Longs Peak. The Monastery.”

KJ: ”Fort Ross. It’s a boulder on a sandy beach full of classics.”

Question from Reddit user physnchips: “Where is your favorite place to climb?”

TC and KJ: “Yosemite!”

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Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle


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