Don’t miss: the Tommy Caldwell tour

Last year, we brought you Alex Honnold. Now we’ve teamed up with Penguin Live to bring you another American rock star. This July, climbing legend Tommy Caldwell is coming to Sheffield and London.

BUY: Sheffield tickets for 1 July

BUY: London tickets for 2 July

That’s right, we’re teaming up with Penguin Live to bring you Tommy Caldwell, the man that freed El Capitan’s Dawn Wall and raced along Patagonia’s Fitzroy Traverse with Alex Honnold. 

Who is Tommy Caldwell?

A badass rock climber, that’s who. In 2015, after years of effort, Tommy Caldwell finally conquered the Dawn Wall, the forbidding 3,000-foot-high southwest face of El Capitan, in California’s Yosemite Valley. This astonishing ascent – hailed as ‘the hardest climb of all time’ – was achieved thanks to Tommy’s immense reserves of determination and ambition to see it through.

And, even more, was not the first time Tommy’s unending grit saw him through moments of incredible survival. The Dawn Wall was 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. Tommy’s insurmountable courage saw him able to withstand being captured by violent extremists at gunpoint and escape their clutches to return home.

Tommy last came to the UK two years ago when his talk was one of the highlights of Kendal Mountain Festival, so don’t miss this rare chance to hear him speak. 

When and where?

There are only two dates for this tour. Tommy will be at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Saturday 1 July and the RGS, London on Sunday 2 July. 

What’s on?

The one and only Niall Grimes will be the compere for the evening. He’ll be introducing Tommy, warming up the crowd and hosting a Q&A session with Tommy after his talk. 

Congratulated by President Obama for a feat he had previously been told he had no hope of achieving, don’t miss your chance to pose your question during the audience Q&A and hear directly from the man who made history by achieving the ‘impossible’. 

Tommy will also be signing and dedicating books after the event so stick around after the talk to meet him in person. All books will be available for collection on the night from the on-site bookshop.

And, of course, we’ll be there with a stand full of goodies and t-shirts, so come and say hello and find out more about the BMC. 

Tickets and prices

Thanks to Penguin Live, BMC members had exclusive access to an early bird ticket offer until 15 May. Tickets are now on general release.

The Sheffield venue has allocated seating. The RGS is unreserved seating, but the first two rows will be reserved for BMC members.

With such a climbing legend, we’re expecting tickets to sell out quick so get in early. 

Standard ticket: £25 (includes a copy of The Push by Tommy Caldwell RRP £20)

Two tickets, one book: £35* (includes a copy of The Push by Tommy Caldwell RRP £20)

* This option will allow purchase of just one copy of The Push between two people.

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Event details

Saturday 1 July

Tommy Caldwell and Niall Grimes
Venue: Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Time: 6pm doors, 7pm start time
Venue address: Barker’s Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA
Tickets: £25 Standard Ticket, £35 Two tickets & One Book (both ticket types include one copy of The Push)
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LondonSunday 2 JulyTommy Caldwell and Niall GrimesVenue: Royal Geographic Society, London Time: 1.45pm doors, 2.30pm start timeVenue address: 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2ARTickets: £25 Standard Ticket, £35 Two tickets & One Book (both ticket types include one copy of The Push)Ticket link:

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