Long road trip planned for the weekend? Cleaning out your gear closet? Pretending to pay attention in Zoom meetings? Climbing podcasts are here for you – read our personal favorites.
There are a surprising amount of climbing podcasts available now, with more popping up every year. We’ve sorted through the choss to give you only bomber picks. From climbing training podcasts to stories and campfire talks, through to serious interviews and the stuff we don’t want to talk about – it’s all here.
The Enormocast – Continuing with style
|Episodes: Over 200||Episode Length: Around 1hr 30||Content: Interviews, Chats|
Hands down the best climbing podcast out there. Each episode features an interview with a climber and a deep dive into their climbing history and what they’ve psyched on at the moment, as well as trying to find what climbing is for them.
Until very recently every interview was done in person which gives it a brilliant personal feel. The host Chris Kalous is just laid back enough and his passion for climbing always shines through. Most of the interviews have a relaxed atmosphere that allows climbers to open up a little and talk about things that might never come out in magazine pieces.
Probably the biggest contributions to climbing from the Enormocast have been the episodes featuring prominent climbers from the 60s to 80s. Some of the featured guests have tales to tell of less-known feats and near misses from an era where climbing was absolutely not mainstream.
Too many good interviews to list them all but here are some personal favorites on interesting topics.
- Episode 6 with Hayden Kennedy talking about him and Jason Kruk climbing the famous Cerro Torre route by fair means. Then he goes into chopping 125 bolts from the infamous gas-compressor aided ascent in 1970. Massively controversial at the time.
- Episode 39 with Henry Barber, Episode 51 with Lynn Hill, and Episode 81 with Peter Croft for some great climbing history.
- Episode 169 with Quinn Brett talking about a life-changing fall that left her unable to walk.
- Episode 164 with Jamie Logan on her long climbing career and transition, and how her community has responded.
- And yes he’s had a few podcasts with Alex Honnold – 28, 49, 133, and even his Mom on 179
Training Beta Podcast – Get strong, climb hard
|Episodes So Far: Over 150||Episode Length: 1hr to 1hr 30||Content: Training plans, Q&A’s|
Neely Quinn is all about training for climbing, and this podcast does exactly what it says on the tin. As far as climbing podcasts for training this is the one.
- Episode 147 with Steve Bechtel of Elemental Performance and Fitness, Kris Hampton of Power Company Climbing, and Tom Randall of Lattice Training on training for climbing at home. Three top-level coaches on the best practices with little equipment.
- Episode 72 – Simplest Finger Training Protocol with Dr. Tyler Nelson – Really easy to work with a training plan for finger strength.
- Top-level professionals talking about their training programs – Adam Ondra, Alex Puccio, Nathaniel Coleman.
Curious Climber Podcast – What makes a climber
|Episodes So Far: 22||Episode Length: 1-2 hours||Content: Personal stories|
Hosted by pro climbers Hazel Findlay and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk. More than just climbing stories it’s about the climbers themselves, their lives, and the things they’ve gone through to be who they are today.
It’s genuinely brilliant in its range of topics and has some real stand-out episodes.
- Beth Rodden talks about big changes in her life as a climber and person. Covering body image, success and failure, and the expectations of a professional climber.
- Hazel talks to Trevor Masiah about 35 years of climbing and racism, and how both have changed over the years.
- Anoushé Husain talks about being a paraclimber and her experience in the climbing community as a Muslim woman.
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For the Love of Climbing – There’s more to life than climbing
|Episodes So Far: 21||Episode Length: 30-60 mins||Content: Personal stories and important topics|
The tagline promises “this is not a climbing podcast” and delivers. A brilliant podcast about the issues that affect people and the climbing community. It features some really honest and vulnerable stories that are worth listening to and acting on if we really want climbing to be inclusive and welcoming – like we often say we do.
Featuring episodes on death and loss, gender identity, racism, PTSD, and more. The common theme is that these things are prevalent in climbing yet rarely acknowledged. They all make for great episodes as the podcast is very well produced and thought out.
- Connie and Kai Lightner talking about racism and diversity in climbing and how we can make positive changes for everyone
- Death in climbing – Something that will affect almost every climber but still isn’t talked about
More Great Climbing Podcasts
We’ve given our faves above but we’ve listened to a bunch of different stuff over the years. Here are some other great picks that are worth adding to your playlist: –
If you’re looking for a short topical podcast we’d recommend The Run Out. Hosted by the Enormocast’s Chris Kalous and Andrew Bisharat of Evening Sends, each week they cover a topic that’s come up recently and invite guests on to find out what the deal is.
Niall Grimes is hands down the most eccentric climber in the UK. You might remember him as the history dude from Hard Grim or from basically any video in a climbing gym in Sheffield. Niall interviews and confuses many strong and up-and-coming climbers from the UK in his own Jam Crack Podcast.
If you love watching Weekend Whippers and commenting about the specific belay stance and amount of slack you’ll love The Sharp End. It’s safety-focused and talks to climbers who’ve been involved in accidents. Find out what they could have done to avoid it, what they did after the accident, and how best to handle it when things do go wrong.
The Dirtbag Diaries podcast is about stories. It’s a really interesting way to approach podcasting that’s more a poetry reading that an interview. Great as inspiration when planning your next epic.