“I grew up a clumsy kid with bad hand-eye coordination. Yet here on El Cap, I felt as though I had stumbled into a world where I thrived. Being up on those steep walls demanded the right amount of climbing skill, pain tolerance, and sheer bull-headedness that came naturally to me.”
– Tommy Caldwell, C+L Athlete
Grinding through the painTolerating pain for grueling injuries caused from repetitive motions in the shoulder, elbows and fingers can take a toll.
Staying sharpSleep isn’t always consistent when you are attempting an epic ascent.
“El Capitan is the most chapping environment in the world: windy, cold, super dry. I wake up twice a night and reapply lotion to my hands,” says Tommy. “We sand our fingertips to keep them smooth.”