Der Zuckerhut steht nicht nur in Rio, und hohe Tannen gibt es nicht nur im Schwarzwald. California, "gods own land", hat beides - und zwar am Lake Tahoe. Dort sieht es aus wie im Hochschwarzwald, und einen Zuckerhut gibt es auch - nur heißt dieser Zuckerhut "Sugar Loaf", ist ein etwa 100 Meter hoher Granitzapfen zwischen hohen Tannen über einem malerischen See, und es gibt dort "Die große Illusion" zu finden.
Bürser Platte, Voralberg, Austria: Jacopo Larcher has made the third ascent of Beat Kammerlander "Prinzip Hoffnung" (8b/+). Beat bolted it in 1997, but in 2009, at the age of 50, he decided to remove the bolts and climb it with trad gear: he made it one of the hardest trad route in the world.
After their success climbing the world's hardest offwidth, the Wide Boyz, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, embark on their next crack climbing mission. This time their sights are set on the thinner end of the crack climbing spectrum. Their goal is the mighty Cobra Crack in Squamish BC, considered to be the hardest finger crack in the world. First climbed by Canadian 'rock star' Sonnie Trotter after battling it out with Didier Berthod, the route hit the media spotlight in the film First Ascent.
Committed Volume II showcases five of Britain's best climbers on a spectacular array of hard routes; the terrifying Walk of Life, one of Scotland's toughest winter routes; gritstone's best "last great problem", the youngest female ascent of an E7 and the world's maddest mantel; it's all here.
Gritstone, known to scientists as siliceous sandstone and to its British climbing devotees as 'God's own rock' is fiendishly difficult to climb. It requires a special, extremely esoteric style that relies on good friction as well as a strong stomach for long run-outs, terrible protection, and horrendous falls. There's a reason they call a proclivity for this sort of climbing 'grit madness'.
prAna climber Sarah Watson shares her personal journey from falling in love with climbing, to having it all go away due to illness and injury, to coming back with a new appreciation for the simple things she took for granted. Her video, shot in the awe inspiring Yosemite Valley, shares some wonderful lessons that we can all relate to.
Italy marks stop #3 of Marmot's Lead Now Tour (leadnowtour.org/), a global tour to inspire people through rock climbing and raise $10,000 a month for twelve different non-profit organizations. While in Italy, professional rock climber Paige Claassen raises awareness and money for Save the Children by making the second ascent of Art Attack, an 8c/5.14b slab in the Alps. Learn about the diversity of granite climbing in Italy, the projecting process, and Save the Children's work around the world in Episode #3 - Italy.
In this first installment of the Exposure Series, we'll follow professional climbers Dave Graham, Nalle Hukkataival, Matt Wilder, Cheyne Lempe, Mason Earle, Angie Payne, and Cody Roth as they seek out and attempt to climb some of the worlds most challenging boulders, mountains, and traditional routes. Experience the emotional hardships, physical pain, and mental battles as these athletes attempt to redefine their boundaries in the world of rock climbing. Their dedication and commitment to the sport will take them from the windy peaks of Patagonia to the harsh desert of Utah.
A beautiful video which breaks down the FIRST FREE ASCENT of the Southwest face of Liberty Cap in Yosemite by Cedar Wright and Lucho Rivera. After his friend Lucho Rivera was hit by a falling rock which broke his collarbone, Cedar and Lucho returned
Professional climber Jenn Flemming had always wanted to climb Devils Tower, the otherworldly volcanic formation that was featured in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Devils Tower National Monument is located in eastern Wyoming, a day's drive from Jenn's home in Colorado, where she has achieved several first female ascents. Jenn grew up in Massachusetts and has climbed in top U.S. destinations and in China, Iran, South Africa, Bolivia and other countries. She loves climbing that is very technical, and credits her parents with instilling a passion for the outdoors by taking her on many family trips to America's National Parks.