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The Push Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

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 19 days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat 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 20s, 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.

©2017 Tommy Caldwell (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Jordan B Chapell 05-24-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Best adventure, and maybe best autobiography I have read."

    I was excited for this book, being familiar with Tommy's climbs and adventures. I've read countless similar books, and was geared up for another interesting, but somewhat superficial armchair adventure personal history. However, this book is instead one of the most thoughtful, introspective, and at times emotional personal stories I have read. Tommy has the ability to see the flaws and the grace in all the relationships around him in a mixture of love and honesty. The stories of his adventures are fun and descriptive, but also take pauses to discuss the thoughts, fears, and doubts in Tommy's mind at the time. He does an excellent job embodying his 15, 20, and 30 year old self so we can experience his growing up along side him. I am super impressed at this first book from Tommy- hopefully there are more to come!

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    J. Wiesner Lexington, KY USA 06-17-17
    J. Wiesner Lexington, KY USA 06-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Exceptional, beautiful"

    This is such an amazing and insightful story. Tommy Caldwell tells it with amazing detail, transporting us into the joy, agony and beauty of the mountains. I will listen again for sure.

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    Anonymous 06-10-17
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    "A rare life story!"

    I couldn't put it aside! This would probably be something for non climbers just as well too!

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    Hanah Fae 08-11-17
    Hanah Fae 08-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"

    I liked this book. Tommy doesn't seem to follow his own realizations, so I liked the look into the contradictions of his psyche. Certain sections could have been developed more, while others left out. I highly recommend Beth Roddens article on outside magazine as a mirror. Also, the unquestioned sexism throughout the book and focus on conditional love was frustrating. Overall, an important part of climbing literature and our community.

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    Orange peel 06-17-17
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    "climbing, superhero dad, adventure and love"

    Enjoyed many aspects of this book. Well written with plenty of detail and definitions for non climbers to enjoy.

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    "Totally Rad!"

    Amazing autobiography! Experienced full range of emotions and left me more moto than my days in the military!

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    Oma the charming 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Perseverance Personified!"

    Wow, this was one of the best books I have read/listened to in a long time around the subject of perseverance and the will to make things happen.

    I cannot recommend this book enough and am really looking forward to the movie they were filming whilst scaling the Dawn Wall. My feet and fingers would get tired just reading about the climbs.

    Really well written and very honest without a lot of ego.

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    The writing was awesome and the reading made it come alive! I felt like I was in the mountains the whole time.

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    "An amazing athlete and great guy"

    Tommy C. is nothing short of remarkable. His dedication to his craft has lead to some of the greatest climbing achievements ever. I hope others will enjoy Tommy's story as much as me. I had the pleasure of backcountry skiing with Tommy this last winter. He's a great guy!

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    Ian Perry 09-14-17
    Ian Perry 09-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you Tommy..."

    You are a true inspiration and a role model. There is much in this book that must have been difficult to write; and yet that is exactly what makes the story so inspiring. Its not the elevation, but the vertical feet gained. Others will follow your route, but few could share your vision.

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