The forth in our series of unseen archives from the Posing Productions' footage vault. This clip shows a head-point ascent featuring one of Gritstone's great lines; 'Reservoir Dogs' E8 7a at Widdop in Yorkshire. The piece was actually shot in 2008 whilst making the film 'On Sight', ironic. Great bit of hard climbing from Gaz Parry, music by James Frazer.
"Lo que hace especial este proyecto, básicamente, es que ya no es una vía de máxima dificultad, en este caso de 9a. Sino que es una vía de 9a llevada al terreno del alpinismo. Es un estilo totalmente vanguardista, el más puro, el más ético, el másEl más que se puede en este caso, el estilo libre, llevado a una gran pared de 500 metros, con seguros precarios, posibilidad de caídas de 20 o 25 metros Y yo creo que ahí radica realmente la máxima importancia que tiene este proyecto de Orbayu. " Eneko Pou
On June 5 and 6, 2012 Alex Honnold made the first ever solo link up of Yosemite's Mt Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome, climbing 95% free solo with a few points of aid. He finished the solo triple in 18 hours 50 minutes.
This is raw footage from his climb of Watkins...
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In early 2012, Sanuk climber Daniel Woods established 3 of Colorado's hardest boulder problems in the alpine environment of Rocky Mountain National Park. The film features First Ascents of Mirror Reality (v14), Mind to Motion (v14), and Paint it Black (v15).
Also featured are shots of how Daniel trains to prepare for a climb that will test his mental and physical capacity. Watch as he creates, prepares, and executes what was thought to be impossible...
Film and edit: Courtney Sanders
Al día siguiente del V° The North Face Master of Bouldering reunimos algunos de nuestros atletas en un rocktrip hacia Choriboulder en el Cajón del Maipo, con la idea de compartir conocimientos de esta apasionante disciplina y que se conozca un poco más de este increíble spot en el mundo internacional de la escalada.
Atletas The North Face:
Dean Potter talks with prAna mindfulness ambassador Mark Coleman about death -
something that is ever present for all us. When we acknowledge death, it can give us perspective to help live our lives to the fullest.
In this series we follow Arc'teryx athlete Jonathan Siegrist around North America as he hits different areas from Western Canada to Kentucky. Along the way JStar sends new routes and repeats area classics, and ultimately faces his greatest challenge to date.
In this episode, Jonathan Siegrist travels to the Canadian Rockies to sample the limestone of Acephale and Planet X, then wraps up his Canadian tour with a stop at Lake Louise's quartzite crags.
Think that being a weekend warrior is hurting your climbing? Meet Arc'teryx athlete Rob Pizem, full-time teacher, family man, and weekend warrior. Rob's boundless energy is poured into an obsession for new routes, but he also makes time for a regular life. As Rob says: "Use your time wisely. Don't mess around, get it done!"
Climber Paul Robinson talks with prAna Mindfulness Ambassador Mark Coleman about breath.
"How I breathe really effects my physiology, when I breathe deep and slow, I get more focused and can definitely climb harder." ~Paul
In July, 2001, Chris Sharma made the first ascent of Realization (AKA Biographie), the world's first confirmed 5.15 (9a+), in Ceuse, France. This short film shows the process he went through trying the route for many weeks over several trips, and the actual footage of the historic first ascent. Excerpted from the full-length film Dosage Volume 1, available at bigUPproductions.com.
The third in our series of unseen archives from the Posing Productions' footage vault. This clip is actually a bonus feature in the Moonflower dvd but we figured it'd be nice to give such a great ascent a bit more exposure. Here we see alpinist Nik Bullock making the first ascent of 'The Frumious Bandersnatch' (E7) at Rhoscolyn in North Wales. Flakey rock, run outs on marginal gear, a hippy and lots of psyche!
Last fall, from October 26-30, 2011, more than 600 climbers gathered with our team for Petzl RocTrip China. All participants discovered and enjoyed more than 250 brand new pitches on unbelievable limestone especially prepared for the event.
Among the highlights of the film, watch Dani Andrada's first ascent of the extremely difficult 7-pitch Corazon de Ensueno (8c/5.14b), a route he put up in 2010 over the course of two trips to the area to prepare for the RocTrip. For this outstanding feat, Dani was awarded Climbing Magazine's prestigious Golden Piton.
Other sequences include Steph Bodet and Arnaud Petit sending their project, Lost in Translation (8a+/5.13c), Gabriele Moroni's first ascent of Coup de Bambou (9a/5.14d), as well as other images of spectacular climbs up and down the valley.
Twenty-two-year-old Patagonia ambassador Hayden Kennedy makes the first ascent of Carbondale Short Bus (5.14-), Indian Creek, Utah. First envisioned by Nick Martino back in 2007, Hayden redpointed on March 21, 2012. Some are calling it the hardest route in Indian Creek. Video: Duct Tape Then Beer
Kalymnos is renowned to be one of the best climbing destinations out there: Incredible routes on limestone; amazing sea vies, plus guaranteed sunshine! Starting in 2012, the North Face will host this unique festival for climbers of all levels who will get the opportunity to hang out with some of the world's best athletes.