2 – w/ Peter Hoffmeister

Rock climber, author, and all-around good dude Peter Brown Hoffmeister joins me on the podcast to discuss the new documentary, Peter and the Columns (featuring Hans Florine).

Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the author of five books including the recent novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh (Knopf, Random House, 2016) and Too Shattered For Mending (Knopf, Random House, 2017), a novel that’s featured in this review by the New York Times.

Hoffmeister is an author, rock climber, public speaker, outdoor expert, and athlete gear-tester for Ridgemont Outfitters and Elevation Bouldering Gym.  He lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Jennie and two daughters, Rain and Roo, and teaches at South Eugene High School:  Literature, creative writing, outdoor pursuits, and survival. He also served as the spring 2015 Writer-In-Residence of Joshua Tree National Park.

In 2018, Hoffmeister raced world-record-holder and three-time world-champion speed climber Hans Florine in a 3000-foot rock climbing race in Eugene, Oregon titled an “El Cap Day.” Hoffmeister won the race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 55 seconds, beating the old Columns El Cap record of 3:07:51. Florine got the second fastest time ever in 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 7 seconds in his first visit to The Columns.

Hoffmeister’s victory was featured in Outside Magazine and Rock and Ice Magazine.

His first book, The End of Boys, was released by Soft Skull, Spring 2011, earning a Goodreads Best Books of 2011 Selection.  His second book, Let Them Be Eaten By Bears:  A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors was released by Perigee (Penguin Book Group) in May, 2013, and is being translated into Italian by the publisher RCS Libri/Rizzoli and into Chinese by Good Earth Publishing. Bears was also selected as one of Parents Magazine’s Top 5 Books of 2013. His first novel, Graphic the Valley, was released by Tyrus Books in July of 2013 and earned starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, featured reviews by The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly.


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