Grasping at Draws: Inside Out


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Conrad Frausto Jailhouse Rock California Climbing

Conrad Frausto climbs at Jailhouse Rock, California, where the author would be if he wasn’t deskbound. Photo: Andrew Burr

Back in 2006, a mere six months after I reached the legal drinking age, and two days into my internship at a climbing magazine during which I lived in my car, an editor dropped a stack of papers on my desk. “Hey, we need some feedback on this,” he said. “See what you think.” The byline was Tommy Caldwell. I suddenly felt anxious. I could have an impact on potentially Pulitzer-worthy work. I was keenly aware that what we were doing was important, that it had a purpose and an effect. I loved the feeling that what I was doing mattered.