Ben Rueck

Ben Rueck

Totally focused, Ting faces her fears on her first trad lead. (c) Frank Kretschmann/adidas Outdoor

Mayan Smith-Gobat, Ben Rueck und die chinesischen Kletterer Liu Yongbang (Abond) und Xiao Ting erhielten als erste Kletterer die Erlaubnis, im Qingfeng Valley, im Umland von Chinas größtem Nationalpark Zhangjiajie, neue Routen zu erschließen.

Ben Rueck on "Pure Pressure" (5.14) (c) adidas Outdoor

"I don't need no stinkin' bolts!" Adidas Outdoor athlete Ben Rueck decides to get his trad on for a vicious desert finger crack, and discovers what it means to get maxed.

Mayan Smith-Gobat & Ben Rueck climbing in Tasmania (c) adidas Outdoor

Be part of Mayan Smith-Gobat's and Ben Rueck's experience on the Totem Pole in Tasmania. It is an extraordinary sea stick and about 60 meters high. Check out how the ocean is crashing onto the cliffs right next to Mayan. Ben has the best description for it: Adventure climbing.

Ben Rueck on "Gutless Wonder" (5.14b) (c) Osprey Packs

The wintery conditions were actually perfect. Well, maybe not for Ben – but definitely for the shoot. The thick buffer of clouds diffused the intense Colorado sun, providing us with soft, even light. As it turned out, this high mountain weather painfully echoed the same conditions Ben endured when he finally sent Gutless in 2014, so the agony you see in this video is quite authentic.

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Jan Hojer (c) DAV/Nils Nöll

Was für ein Kletterfest, vor allem auch aus deutscher Sicht. Zwei Goldmedaillen und eine Silbermedaille holten sich die deutschen Herren bei der Europameisterschaft im Bouldern am Samstag, 19. August im Olympiastadion München.