It's been a tough year for Hazel Findlay, recovering from shoulder surgery and dealing with the frustration and impatience that goes with serious rehabilitation. Hazel spent most of her winter in Siurana, Spain, sport climbing and getting her shoulder back to strength.
"The moves, the length, the obviousness of the path—it was a king line, or rather, a queen line ... I felt confident a send would come after fairly little effort ... But La Reina Mora is a fearsome queen who demands respect. When in the beginning I ... stood in awe of her beauty, now I looked up at her with resentment for the way she’d exposed my weaknesses and insecurities."
Breaking into a new sport climbing grade can be an incredibly difficult challenge, but consolidating that breakthrough can be even harder. Having climbed his first 9a+/5.15a "Realization/Biographie" in 2014, EpicTV Shop climber Jonathan Siegrist set his sights on another classic of the grade: Spain's "La Rambla."
Magnus Midtbø crushes the short and powerful Jungle Speed in Siurana in February 2015. The intro comments are made by Martin Mobråten who was the first Norwegian to climb the route a few weeks earlier. The video is from the actual ascent but a few clips are taken from another attempt as Henning Wang had to change positions.
In this episode we're back with Alex Megos for the final part of our interview and today we're asking Alex to tell the story of his best known achievement - becoming the first person in the world to onsight 9a. An accomplishment that would have been unthinkable less than a decade ago.
Alizée Dufraisse writes: I was in Spain again last febuary/march after 3 months training, to have fun there and try to find a project, not especially really hard. I was at the beginning of my big training program, so it was not the time to be in shape to try such a hard thing. First day I arrive, I look "la rambla" and I could resist to go and touch, see how is my level after all this training!!
A short film about the life of Daniel Jung in Siurana (Catalunya) and his climbing on "La Rambla". The footage not only covers Daniel climbing in one of the hardest routes but also his thoughts about life, climbs and travel.
French Phenom Alizee Dufraisse climbs with intense passion and loves the physical and mental challenge of climbing at her limit. In Siurana Spain, she lives her dream, with a handful of very hard projects on her 'tick list'. In her words, "A fight is what makes your life".