The newly opened NYC-soho Eastern Mountain Sports store will be hosting professional climbers Tommy Caldwell and Joe Kinder this Friday and Saturday. The two will be hanging out to share stories, sign photos or shoot the breeze with anyone who stops by.
Tommy has long been considered one of the best all around climbers in the world and is well known his impossibly hard sport climbs (including the 5.15a Flex Luther) and his big wall free ascents in on El Capitan. Tommy and 3 others are also known for their harrowing tale of kidnapping and escape from rebels in Kyrgyzstan back in 2000.
Joe developed his skills with climbing buddies Dave Graham and Luke Parady at New Hampshire stomping grounds Cathedral Ledge and Rumney. He has several 14+ climbs to his name, as well as some V13 boulders. By all accounts he is quite the character and a fun guy… meeting him should be a blast. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching Autoroute, starring Joe and others, I recommend it.