The Push

The Push

A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits

Book - 2017
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A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399562709
Branch Call Number: 796.522092 Caldw
Characteristics: 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm


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Apr 24, 2019

After watching movie the Dawn Wall, I was eager to read his book, the Push. It's fun and inspiring to read his stories and experiences. it also reveals what did he and Beth experienced after having survived from kyrgyzstan and how they gradually have cracks in their relationship.

Like other commenters I was stunning the book is well-written and I did not find the co-author's name on the cover or back page. Later I found out there is a co-writer named Kelly Cordes. However it can not prevent my respect and admiration to Tommy.

Feb 11, 2019

This book is so well-written that I kept flipping to the title/back pages to see if Tommy had a collaborator, narrow-mindedly assuming that of course the professional rock climber had hired a co-writer. His description of part of the Fitzroy Traverse resonates with weekend warriors and non-climbers alike: "I feel content here, where the wind stripped away all evidence of our man-made world. The way forward was very complex, yet very straightforward. All we had to do was climb." (page 274) Highly recommend.

Nov 18, 2018

Excellent! Great climbing and life inspiring!

CarleeMcDot Aug 07, 2017

This biography covers much of Tommy's climbing, the survival of a crazy kidnapping and the seven plus year project of climbing the Dawn Wall in Yosemite. I know a decent amount about climbing (thanks to the hubby's passion) and even some about Tommy, but this book went into great depth - not only on Tommy's family life but also the training, patience and dedication required to tackle some of the feats he has under his belt. I don't know if a non-climber would love the book, but it definitely has a ton of insights on endurance, risk, and pushing beyond preconceived limits.

ArapahoeMaryA Jul 13, 2017

You do not have to be a climbing enthusiast to enjoy this fascinating memoir by Tommy Caldwell, the first individual to free climb the infamous Dawn Wall in Yosemite's El Capitan. Local boy Caldwell (Estes Park) is easy to root for, especially given the onslaught of obstacles that threaten his lofty pursuit. If you liked Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, I'm betting you'll like this book as well.

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May 28, 2019

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ArapahoeMaryA Jul 13, 2017

The internal battle raged about risk and justification, but we didn't talk about it. Our answers would always feel empty. Days later, miles above it all, I look out my window to where I've just been. The familiar landscape holds my attention even after the aircraft rises into a bank of clouds and the summits vanish. I close my eyes. I've been to places of incomprehensible beauty. I've been in driving snow and flashes of lightning shuddered the atmosphere around me. Spent quite nights perched below the immaculate stars of distant skies. Laughed as the wind blurs sunlight and erases all sound. At such times, wonder saturates every cell in my body. Provides me with a deep well of energy and an infinite capacity to love. It changes who I am. For as much as I have transformed, I am still a kid. Full of curiosity about the world, chasing dreams of faraway summits.


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