I had an amazing spring season back on my multi pitch project in Mont Rebei with my good friend Kleman Becan. This is one of the most impressive lines I've ever put up and its gonna be amazing when it finally goes!"
In January of 2009, after a 9-month battle (and 30 years since the First Aid Ascent) 'The Ewbank Route' on the iconic Totem Pole saw all 4 of its original pitches climbed free by two local talents, Doug McConnel, and Dean Rollins.
The Tasmanian classic went at 27 (or 5.12d in Yosemite terms), and Planet Mountain wrote: "the two climbers were the first to point out that their style could be greatly improved upon as they freed the individual pitches over separate days, and pitches 2 and 3 were separated by a hanging belay. Those aspiring to climb the line in a single push should be aware that the route takes fiddly gear, is run-out, and solid for the grade. Any takers?"
Well as it turns out, this description is exactly what appealed to our athlete's Sonnie Trotter and Will Stanhope. Both climbers are well known for seeking out beautiful and spicy lines around the world and "The Tote" (as it's often called) would be no exception. Watch, as these two climbers explore this rugged peninsula and Trotter takes down the nearly 200-foot pencil like pillar via the Ewbank Route, 5.13b R.
Monodedo Rockfest, is the first rock climbing festival from Ecuador. Since 2013, this event gather all the climbing community and show them the real experience of climbing in Ecuador.Further information in the web: www.monodedoecuador.com Vive La Aventura de Escalar en Ecuador.
Black Diamond Ambassador Ofer Blutrich learned to climb in Israel, a country with many crags that are off-limits to climbing. Recently, he became the first Israeli to climb 5.14c, with his send of Mind Control. This is how he does it.
Mateusz Haladaj sent his second 9a+ route in Margalef, Spain #RiseUp
Join La Sportiva ambassador Pamela Shanti Pack as she makes the first ascent of her newest off-width crack climb in the Moab desert called "Am I Evil?", a four-pitch combination of steeply overhanging technical test-piece and blue-collar burl.
The full, unedited footage of Alex Honnold free soloing the 200ft route Complete Scream, rated Ed6b at Fair Head, Northern Ireland. EpicTV and Climbing Daily were there capturing this awesome climb.
Dave MacLeod was first inspired to visit Magic Wood in 2012 after watching footage of Tyler Landman doing the second ascent of Practice of the Wild. At Font 8c it is one the hardest boulder problems in the world and on Dave’s first visit it proved to be just beyond him. Following a determined and focused preparation Dave returned in 2016 to have another crack at ‘Chris Sharma’s hardest boulder problem’....
"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.
On February 6th, Ines Papert and Mayan Smith-Gobat summited Torres Central, in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) via the extremely difficult east face. 25 years after the first ascent of this historic route, this was only the fifth known successful ascent of ‘Riders on the Storm.’ This region is famous for its unstable weather conditions, making it a very challenging place to climb. ‘Riders on the Storm’ was first climbed by Wolfgang Güllich, Kurt Albert, Bernd Arnold, Peter Dittrich and Norbert Bätz in January 1991 during 15 days of climbing over a five-week period. This stunning line on the sheer 1300m east face of Torres Central line went at 7c, A3. The climbing is very varied and demanding, ranging from delicate and runout face climbing to wide cracks and roofs, which were often entirely iced up.
What happens when The North Face climbers Cedar Wright and Matt Segal become absolute bumbling beginners at an obscure and adventurous air sport called paragliding? The Answer: Hilarity ensues. Follow Matt and Cedar on a perilous, beautiful, light hearted, sometimes intense journey to fly off of the highest peak in Mexico with less than a year of experience. Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean you can’t dream big.
Last year I was able to make the first ascent of a hard and beautiful line at Cova De l’ocell near Barcelona called Bon Combat. Its great to see this spot transform into yet another world class sector here in Catalunya!
Check out this awesome clip put together by my good friends Jorge Visser and Riccardo Giancola of some of Adam Ondra's attempts on my route Stoking the Fire 9b in Santa Linya. Congrats Adam for sending this epic line!
Last year with my good friend, mentor and climbing legend Marc Le Menestrel , we bolted a beautiful and savage route in La Cova de l'Ocell called "El Hombre Que No Ama". It's a cool mix of crimpy "old school" climbing mixed with a futuristic vision. I like to call it "Futuristic Old School".
"I've been to some amazing places in my life but Mallorca may top the list as my favorite. When you see this video I think it's pretty easy to understand why. This is some footage taken a few years back exploring the amazing potential on the wild west coast around the village of Soller."