Jan. 23, 2015 — Gotta love this story! Those two fantastic, intrepid climbers who climbed the sheer granite Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite, using just their hands and feet and ropes, enjoyed an occasional nip of their favorite Kentucky Straight Bourbon on their way up.
The climb took two weeks, the duo spending nights in tents fastened to the rock thousands of feet above the ground and battling painful cuts to their fingers. One of their “treats” was Woodford Reserve whiskey. They don’t say how much, but let’s hope it was at least a double. The idea of spending the night on a mountain face, in a suspended tent, in the cold, defies the imagination.
The bourbon of choice for the climbers, Tommy Caldwell of Estes Park, Colorado and Kevin Jorgeson of Santa Rosa, California was Woodford Reserve. Its history dates back to 1780 but you’d never know it if you check their web site. You’ll have to go to Wikipedia to find out about it. Woodford Reserve is now owned by behemoth Brown-Forman. What’s wrong with you guys? Add a history page to the web site, for crying out loud.
We don’t have any Woodford Reserve on hand but with what we’ve got, we’ll toast two amazing Americans who once again confirmed the “can do” spirit that made this country great. And we’ll never think of “whiskey on the rocks” the same way again.