Capitan, in California's Yosemite Valley. The astonishing ascent, hailed as 'the hardest climb of all time', was not the first time Tommy's determination and ambition saw him through moments of incredible survival. This was, in fact, a climb that represented the end of a difficult recovery from the trauma of being held hostage by rebels during an earlier climbing expedition in Kyrgyzstan.
Join free climbing legend Tommy Caldwell at the Royal Geographic Society for a fascinating evening introducing his new memoir The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. Recounting his 19-day journey of extreme endurance battling up the sheer face of the Yosemite wall and the insurmountable courage it took to withstand being captured by violent extremists at gunpoint, this is a discussion that will surely prove just what strength can be mustered in times of intense adversity.