The Firn Line

Chris Kalman's 'Dammed If You Don't'

Episode Summary

Author and climber Chris Kalman discusses his forthcoming novella, Dammed If You Don't.

Episode Notes

In this episode of The Firn Line, I check in with author and climber, Chris Kalman.  I first met Chris after reading his excellent book, As Above So Below and since then we’ve stayed in touch, connected through climbing and creativity. 

So I was excited when Chris announced a Kickstarter to help finish up his new novella, Dammed if you don’t.  

Dammed If You Don't tells the story of a deeply-conflicted photographer who tries to save Lahuenco_—_a remote valley in Patagonian Chile—by showing the world how beautiful it is. But in showing the world how beautiful it is, he inadvertently puts Lahuenco in peril—including a rare and mysterious salamander whose sudden appearance there forces the scientific community to rethink its understanding of evolutionary biology, and possibly human history itself.  

Chris and I recently caught up to talk about the his creative process, some philosophical discussions about the role of conservation in the outdoor community, as well as some fun talk - just about climbing.  So I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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