Kalous Uncut: The Interviewer Gets Interviewed
This man needs no introduction. If you haven't been listening to the Enormocast then you better question your identity as a "climber" and come out from that rock you've been living under.
I have never met anyone more charismatic, or better able to tell a good story. This was the easiest episode to edit because the conversation was just rolling right along. I didn’t have to reference my list of questions once. Chris Kalous is a legend in the climbing world as his resume reflects: first ascent of The Grendel, Proboscis, Northwest Territories, 5.10 A4; solo winter ascent of Lost In America, El Capitan, 5.10 A5; Free Rider, El Capitan, 25 pitches, 5.12+; second ascent, Reticent Wall, El Capitan, 5.7 A5; second ascent, solo, World’s End, The Titan, Fisher Towers, 5.9 A5.
Realizing that his friends are a badass crew of professional climbers, with the likes of Kelly Cordes, Lisa Justice, Steph Davis, Cedar Wright, and Majka Burhardt to name only a few, Kalous conceived the Enormocast, a podcast to talk about all things climbing and nothing else. NOTHING else. It is ear candy for the gumby, gym rat, trad star, sport-o, or boulder fiend.
Climbing since the eighties in a wool sweater, Kalous is an impressively accomplished climber, but you wouldn’t know it because he only talks about the pros on his show. Back in October 2012, Kalous freed one of the hardest multi-pitch routes in the desert: the four-pitch, 5.13b Ivory Tower, on the iconic Castleton Tower. Say what?! Between first ascents, big walls, international climbing trips, and now a father to Miles, the 4 month old crusher, he has a pretty packed schedule. I am stoked that he took time to sit down and talk with me. And talk he can. Our conversation is long, but it was impossible for me to find anything to cut out because it's all gold. So, listener, I didn’t cut a thing. It’s Kalous uncut, and everything is just as entertaining as you would expect if you listen (as you should) to the Enormocast.