This TED Talk is not only for rock climbers and other adventurers, it’s for everyone who has endured hardships… It’s for everyone.

In this video Tommy Caldwell shares the story of his captivity in Kyrgyzstan, and his conquest of the Dawn Wall; and he challenges us all to push past the self-imposed limits of our perceived potential. He asks us to see adversity as opportunity.

The message in this video hits close to home here at Idlewild. We are, after all, a climbing company at our core. And climbing, while seemingly a pointless pursuit, is in fact, the perfect pursuit… That of better self.

Watch the video here.