Crack magician Tom Randall has been on the Tendon team since last year. During that time, we found out that he is not only a great climber, but also a precise and modest guy who will never say "No" to you. So it's no surprise that he agreed to an interview for our blog. Tom and I talked about his relationship with ice axes, industrial climbing, his functioning during the pandemic, and also about the career of a marathon runner, which he has been discreetly building.
All three of us were hanging of the rocky outcrop. It was already afternoon and the team on the British route had been long gone since early morning. This was supposed to be a short break but neither of us moved. We looked at each other and the gaze was reflecting the same message: “it doesn’t look great!” No-one wanted to say a word or maybe neither of us wanted to say THE word.
The word corona has currently become the most famous word in the world! Everyone knows it and it won’t disappear from history that easily. Each of us is going through a personal crisis both at work and in normal life. A lot of things have changed and life is not as it used to be. But one day it’ll all end, and we will function normally again. I won't have a face mask rash and I'll even be able to buy a ticket to Spain.
This winter is not very generous for snow and frost, but the conditions for climbing in some Tatra walls are almost legendary and so it would be a pity not to use them. After the first period of snowfall, then great warming and later sudden cooling down, Ondro (Ondrej Húserka) and me decided that in the north of the Tatras the conditions could finally be hard and therefore good for climbing?!