Join Aspen Words for an evening with Tommy Caldwell, author of "The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path" and the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. He will be joined in conversation by Penn Newhard of Backbone Media. Tommy Caldwell grew up in Colorado. He has made dozens of notable ascents, and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014 he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Push: A Climber’s Search for the Path.” Moderator: Penn Newhard A graduate of Brown University, Penn left his job as a Wall Street municipal bond trader in 1989 to relocate to Aspen, Colorado. His ski bum lifestyle saw him working winters at the resort, guiding backcountry trips and summers on the river, eventually leading to a post as advertising director a Climbing Magazine in 1992. Penn founded Backbone Media in 1997, a PR and media agency that specializes in active lifestyle. Backbone today is 60 people with offices in Carbondale and Denver representing brands in in the outdoor, snowsports, hunting, angling, destination travel and libation markets. He continues to be an active skier, climber, husband and father and is the author of “50 Classic Ski Descents of North America” with Chris Davenport and Art Burrows.