The Push

The Push

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

Book - 2017
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A New York Times Bestseller

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan

"The rarest of adventure reads: it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward." -- The Denver Post

A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history--Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat--the subject of the documentary film The Dawn Wall to be released nationwide in September--was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.

This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell's affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan's biggest, steepest, blankest face--the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father.

The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780399562709
Characteristics: 341 pages,18 unnumbered pages of plates :,colour illustrations, portraits (some 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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