FURTHER. FASTER. PODCAST – EPISODE 6
Tom Ballard was – almost literally – born to climb. In this episode, he shares career highlights – as well as lessons in risk management and expedition preparation learned from a life spent vertically.
Welcome to episode 6 of the Further. Faster. Podcast In association with Montane. This is the podcast that takes a deeper look into why, and how, ultra athletes, explorers and mountaineers do what they do. This edition, host Daniel Neilson speaks to Montane athlete and climber Tom Ballard.
Tom Ballard is one of Britain’s most consummate climbers and has mastered all manner of techniques. Climbing is all he’s ever wanted to do – perhaps no surprise given his mother climbed the Eiger while 6 months pregnant with him. He lives largely out of a van and spends his days climbing, and moving on, climbing some more…
In this podcast speaking from the Dolomites, Tom opens up about being the first person to climb the six great North Faces of the Alps in a single winter season, a feat his mother Alison Hargreaves completed in summer when Tom was a little boy. He also talks about risk and his preparation for major climbs, as well as his passion for dry tooling.
It’s an enlightening interview with an extraordinary talent. We hope you enjoy… Listen in.