Tommy Caldwell’s dad introduced him to rock climbing at the age of three — and by 16, Tommy was a world champion. For the last five years, Tommy has been attempting to climb a shear 3000-foot rock face that many consider the most difficult free climb ever attempted. How do you stay motivated on such a climb? See how Tommy brings the encouragement of his friends, family and fans along for the ride.

Tommy Caldwell’s dad introduced him to rock climbing at the age of three — and by 16, Tommy was a world champion.

For the last five years, Tommy has been attempting to climb a shear 3000-foot rock face that many consider the most difficult free climb ever attempted.

How do you stay motivated on such a climb? See how Tommy brings the encouragement of his friends, family and fans along for the ride.

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Tommy Caldwell born August 11, 1978 in Estes Park, Colorado is an American rock climber. He was previously married to prominent American rock climber Beth Rodden.

Caldwell is accomplished in several types of climbing, including sport climbing, hard traditional climbing, big-wall speed climbing and big-wall free climbing. He made the first ascents (FA) of some of the United States’ hardest sport routes (as of 2008) including Kryptonite (5.14c/d) and Flex Luthor (a possible 5.15a) at the Fortress of Solitude, Colorado.

Caldwell is a big-wall climber, with the first free ascents of a handful of El Capitan routes to his credit. In May, 2004 he completed the first free ascent of Dihedral Wall. In 2005, he and Beth Rodden (swapping leads) made the third and fourth free ascents of the Nose. Two days later, on October 16, Caldwell free-climbed the Nose in less than 12 hours. A few days later, Caldwell climbed the Nose in 11 hours, descended the East Ledges, and then climbed Freerider, topping out 12 hours later – the first ascent of two El Capitan free climbs in 24 hours.

On El Capitan, Caldwell has also free-climbed: Lurking Fear, Muir Wall (Cosgrove var. to Magic Mushroom finish, FFA), West Buttress, Salathé, Zodiac and Magic Mushroom.

Caldwell, Beth Rodden, and fellow climbers John Dickey and Jason Smith were held hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan in 2000. Caldwell ended up pushing a lone captor off a cliff, which led to their escape to government soldiers. This story were released as book with the title “Over the Edge: The True Story of Four American Climbers’ Kidnap and Escape in the Mountains of Central Asia” from Greg Child (Villard Books, 2002).

Caldwell accidentally sawed off much of his left index finger with a table saw in 2001. Doctors were able to reattach the severed portion, but Caldwell subsequently had it removed so as not to hinder his climbing career.