Award-winning climber Tommy Caldwell tells the story of his courageous quest to achieve the impossible. In January 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with Kevin Jorgeson, completed the first free ascent of The Dawn Wall—a treacherous 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park that had thwarted numerous attempts over the past half century. Caldwell’s memoir chronicles his obsession with rocks and mountains from early childhood on through relentless training and five major expeditions around the world searching for perhaps America’s most elusive prize: a clean sweep of vertical granite walls without using a single bolt or piece of gear placed by man. The Push is an astonishingly written tale about achieving seemingly insurmountable goals against all odds; it will inspire anyone who believes in always reaching higher.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who loves adventure, overcoming obstacles and pushing themselves to the limit.
- The author’s journey to completing the Dawn Wall is truly inspiring
- The writing is eloquent and passionate, providing a great read
- This book will appeal to anyone who appreciates outdoor sports
- may be too technical for some people
- may be slow in parts
- not enough pictures
Learn more about the author
Tommy Caldwell is a professional rock climber and outdoor adventurer. He has been climbing for over 20 years, making first ascents around the world and in some of North America’s most iconic mountain ranges. In 2015, he completed the first free ascent of The Dawn Wall—a treacherous 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park with his friend Kevin Jorgeson.
“The Push is an utterly gripping account of Caldwell’s lifelong obsession with climbing and the never-give-up attitude that has made him one of the world’s most acclaimed athletes. With beautiful prose and unbridled enthusiasm, Caldwell takes readers on a thrilling journey to the top of his sport.”
“I am not a climber, and I still found this book completely captivating! The author’s passion for climbing shines through on every page. Caldwell shares his frustrating failed attempts as well as his thrilling successes in a way that makes the reader feel like they are right there with him. This is an amazing story of determination, perseverance, and grit.”
“A riveting, can’t-put-it-down read.”
“This is one of the greatest climbing books I have ever read. Caldwell’s writing style makes for an engaging and easy read, while his stories of adventure will leave you spellbound.”