How Being Taken Hostage In Kyrgyzstan Made Tommy Caldwell A Better Climber

This article was originally posted on Indefinitely Wild by Wes Siler.

“Starvation is a crazy thing.” Earlier this year, Tommy Caldwell completed the first-ever free climb of the Dawn Wall at El Capitan. But he’d never have gotten there if he hadn’t been taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Here’s his story.

Did me mention that this is the guy who accidentally cut his left index finger off with a table saw, had it rebuilt, then had doctors remove it again because he felt the new one impaired his climbing?

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