In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly devolved into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey - like all previous attempts - fell short of the goal. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his team to reunite and undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.
A bouldering trip with Adidas athlete Sasha Digiulian.
MHW athletes Cheyne Lempe and Ethan Pringle explore the crack systems on the north face of higher Cathedral Rock in Yosemite, an area that is seldom climbed due to a challenging approach and constant gardening.“I started seeing the lines in between the lines. I’ve been craving this absolute mystery of being up on the rock and not knowing if we’re going to get to the top.”
She’s been trad climbing for only three years, but The North Face & Petzl Athlete, Emily Harrington didn’t let that sway her from the magnetic pull of El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI). 6 days and 40 pitches later, she stood on the summit with broken skin, aching muscles and a smile that stretched across Yosemite Valley. Here Emily shows us that it’s just as much about the journey as it is the destination.
Get ready to climb El Capitan, a 3,000 foot rock wall in Yosemite National Park, California. Join legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell as they scale the sheer vertical face.
Last month, Pete and I were invited on a trip to Norway to lecture at the infamous Ballestein Festival. What was even more exciting than the promised crazy Norwegian climbing festival, was the assurance that we’d have time to make a visit to try Nico Favresse’s Recovery Drink on the Profile Wall in Jøssingfjord. As a route suggested to be perhaps the hardest crack on the planet.
Watch the story of Jess Roskelley & Ben Erdman as they summit the Ragni route on Cerro Torre in January 2015. This story is narrated by John Long.
National Geographic explorer-climber Mike Libecki completed his 60th expedition earlier this year, making the first ascent of the jungle tower Poumaka. Located on the French Polynesian Marquesas Island of Ua Pou, Poumaka proved a daunting task for Libecki and team.
In a quest to return to his climbing roots and to advance the understanding of California’s giant Coast Redwoods, Chris Sharma recently embarked on an unprecedented free climb in a Northern California forest glade. Using only his hands and feet and protected from falls by a rope and harness, Sharma collected valuable data from a soaring Redwood, located in a city park in Eureka, to measure tree water status as an indicator of how it has been affected by the current severe drought. Red Bull worked closely with two UC Berkeley Tree Biologists in preparing for and executing this project. The UC Berkeley tree biologists are currently developing funding to evaluate the impact of the current historic drought on redwood trees and forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains near the southern edge of the redwood range; a link to their fundraising site can be found here: win.gs/rgad
British climbing icon Ben Moon makes the 4th ascent of the notorious Rainshadow at Malham Cove in North Yorkshire. Ben established one of the first 9a's in the world 25 years prior to this ascent.
Part one of "Climbing Puerto Rico" takes you from snowy Boston, MA to the sunny beaches of Puerto Rico. The Larson brothers (Zach and Josh) team up with the locals that have put years of work into exploring, bolting, cleaning and developing climbing on the island. Enjoy the landscapes, climbing, shenanigans and passion from this crew while you're toured through just a small fraction of the climbing in beautiful Puerto Rico.
During her spring break, 13-year-old Ashima Shiraishi flew from her home in New York City to climb in Catalunya's famous Santa Linya Cave. While she was there, she managed to climb harder than perhaps any woman ever before. In this video, shot and edited by Parker Alec Cross (http://www.crossroadstudios.com), we see the first of her two record-setting sends: Open Your Mind Direct (9a/+). Shortly after she completed her first "project," Ashima went on to send 9a/+ Ciudad de Dios.
In the summer of 2014 Dave MacLeod set his sights on opening a hard new route on Cima Ovest in the Italian Dolomites. A bold objective for anyone at any time. For Dave though, this project brought with it some of the greatest challenges he has ever faced. Over 4 weeks in the Dolomites consistently bad weather left just a handful of days where it was possible to get on the wall at all. But these precious few chances to make progress were compounded by the backdrop of a much more personal challenge. A series of injury problems had left Dave unsure of not only his ability to climb the route, but even questioning his future as an elite climber. Despite the clouds hanging over him, Dave persevered and by applying his trademark total commitment was able to push beyond what seemed possible and go on to shatter his personal expectations.
January 2015 dry tooling ... Left of Argentiere glacier , Blade Stadium area , Chamonix Mont-Blanc massif ... New way of Jeff Mercier and Nasser Samar ... Sanction Stylish , 100m, 3 lengths : D6 / D9 / D5 Pitch 2 features athletic, technical and with good potential thefts, setting up points of protection and investment delicate blades to find ...
Kristallwand, Alpine FA of the route Music of Chance on Kirchkogel (3280m), Austria by Hansjorg Auer who has climbed dozens of cutting-edge new routes. He established The Music of Chance 5.11b, A3 on the Kristallwand Face in Austria in 2012 joined by his brothers Vito and Matthias, Ben Lepsant, Elias Holzknecht and Berti Gleirscher.
"J'ai demandé la lune au rocher", english version. Climbing a beautiful and extreme slab multi-pitch in Corsica, Stéphanie Bodet offers a singular and poetical vision of climbing. Deep and joyful is the way she found to live and evolve with her passion. A love for rocks and nature she shares since 20 years in couple, with Arnaud Petit.