On today’s episode of The Firn Line, we’ll get to know professional rock climber, Kevin Jorgeson.

Over a long and ever-evolving career, Jorgeson has immersed himself in the multi-dimensional craft of rock climbing. As a youth, he honed his mental and physical skills, while progressing to the top tiers of competition climbing. Later, he tested himself on classic and technical and highball bouldering problems, from Fontainebleau to The Buttermilks. And more recently, he teamed up with Tommy Caldwell to complete a visionary free climb of The Dawn Wall – which was documented in a powerful and award-winning film.

I recently got a chance to sit down with Kevin, and talk about the importance of climbing in his life. But we also went below the surface, and talked about his motives, how his experience as a competition climber helped him succeed on the Dawn Wall, and the simple power of optimism. 


Evan Phillips


Kevin Jorgeson
Evan Phillips


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