GCC Board Members, Jannette Pazer and Matt Logan with Tommy Caldwell at Patagonia Soho.

The GCC at Tommy Caldwell’s Book Talk in NYC

On May 16th, 2017, legenday rock climber Tommy Caldwell came to New York City to promote his new book, The Push, at the Patagonia store in Soho. The store manager, Fred White, contacted the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition to offer us a table at the event to tell attendees about the GCC and sign up new members. Jannette Pazer and Matt Logan, GCC board members, were on hand to answer any questions and sign up new dual Access Fund/GCC members.

Matt Logan mans the GCC table at Tommy Caldwell's book event at Patagonia Soho in NYC on 5/16/2017.

GCC Board Members Matt Logan and Jannette Pazer manned the GCC table which included raffle prizes from Patagonia.

Jannette Pazer mans the GCC table at Tommy Caldwell's book event at Patagonia Soho in NYC on 5/16/2017.

At the table where they were serving beer from Rockaway Brewing Company and chili from Patagonia Provisions, a jar for GCC donations was set up. The GCC greatly appreciates the generosity of the attendees and Patagonia Soho for their donation and support!

Tommy Caldwell’s Presentation

The upstairs event room at Patagonia Soho was PACKED! It was standing room only when Patagonia store manager Fred White gave the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition a plug and introduced Tommy Caldwell. Tommy took the mic and began his talk. We all had a good laugh when his first slide showed a crosswalk sign hand with a finger missing, just like his. He took it as a welcome sign from NYC. He talked about why he decided to write his book, The Push, the process of getting it done, and said the book was extremely revealing. He read some excerpts, including the emotional pain he felt when he pushed his captor off of a cliff when kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan. He also talked about the media circus around the Dawn Wall project, and his thoughts on fatherhood and risk. He took a number of questions from the audience, then signed books.

The crowd at Tommy Caldwell's presentation at Patagonia Soho in May 2017.

Packed house at the event.

The crowd at Tommy Caldwell's presentation at Patagonia Soho in May 2017.

Tommy Caldwell presenting at the Patagonia Soho store in May 2017.

A fingerless crosswalk sign welcomed Tommy to NYC.

Tommy Caldwell signing his book, The Push, at the Patagonia Soho store in May 2017.

Tommy Caldwell signing his book, “The Push.”

Thank you to Patagonia Soho for reaching out to the GCC to have a presence at the event, helping get out the word about our mission to the large audience attending, and for their donation. With wonderful partners like Patagonia, the GCC can amplify our message of responsible climbing and land stewardship to a larger audience.

GCC Board Members, Jannette Pazer and Matt Logan with Tommy Caldwell at Patagonia Soho.

GCC Board Members, Matt Logan and Jannette Pazer with Tommy Caldwell.

Trapps Road sign in the bathroom at Patagonia Soho.

We discovered a little bit of the Gunks in the Patagonia Soho men’s room.

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