I'm not a mountain biker but the music, scenery, and movement inspired me to include this clip from Scotland- enjoy!
These are friends from Huaraz, Peru who lead outstanding mountain bike tours in the high Andes. They also rent quality, maintained bikes for dirt roads through rolling farmland to some of the rowdiest high altitude tours in the world.
Leaders in high-altitude mountain biking trips since 1994:
As was reported here in the Black Diamond Equipment Journal this past August, Black Diamond athletes Nico Favresse and Adam Pustelnik made the first repeat of Orbayu, a multi-pitch line on Spain's Naranjo de Bulnes, which at 8c+/9a had been hailed as the world's hardest big wall free climb. Although the pair felt the route was not as hard as it was originally trumpeted (they graded it more in the 8b+/8c range), they had nothing but high praise for the route's quality. We had Bernardo Gimenez on the scene to capture their successful redpoint of the route and he has edited together this excellent video. At the end of the video you'll see footage of Adam as he is stabilized, rescued and hospitalized after a terrible ground-fall while attempting a new line with Nico after they had redpointed Orbayu. Adam continues to make progress in his recovery and we look forward to seeing him back cranking on the rock in 2012.
Dean, "Bullwinkle" Fidelman has been a fixture in the Yosemite climbing scene for nearly forty years. Through his black and white photographs he has documented several generations of Yosemite Climbers. From the Stone Masters to the RockMonkeys Dean has been there to photograph Yosemite history being made. In 1999 Dean began work on his "StoneNudes" project, one of the most unique Art projects the Climbing Community has ever seen. Since then Dean has travelled around the country and the world photographing real rock climbers (both male and female) bouldering naked. Dean believes that both the rock and the human body are sculptures, and that we look both beautiful and natural climbing.
Sept. 17, 2011: Jonathan Siegrist's recent first ascent of New World Order (14c).
Black Diamond athlete Alex Honnold hooked up with a crew from Black Diamond Equipment down at the Phalanx of Will, a unique sport climbing tower/crag in the Arizona Strip, just outside of Saint George, Utah. Besides bagging a bunch of pitches, Honnold sat down and discussed with us a bevy of topics, including stalkers at restaurants and the joys of clipping fixed quickdraws.
Arnaud Petit climbing "Black Bean" 8b (13d) in Ceüse, using his own gear for protection on this fabulous 65 m route.
A weekend climbing trip to Yosemite Valley.
Tycho - Daydream
Shot in a small town in the mountains of the Mexican state of Morelos, this film follows 3 Mexican climbers on their quest for new boulders problems to climb.
Spring 2011 sport climbing trip to Catalunya, Spain. Please read accompanying feature, "Climbing to the Death" in Rock and Ice issue 196.
Featured Routes: El Segre (7c+), Tres Ponts; Latido del Miedo (8a), Terradets; El Fugistador (8a+), Margalef
Video footage shot by Keith Ladzinski and Elly Stewart. Edit by Tobin Sanson
Music by Talking Heads: Slippery People
A fantastic video made by Keith Bradbury and filmed for The North Face of James Pearson on his recent epic trip to Pembroke where he obliterated lots of previous highs with a bunch of great ascents culminating in the first E10 ground up.
Hervé Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou have made it: The new route, 11 pitches on the Brouillard left pillar, is now reality.
They made their way to the summit in wintery conditions to enjoy a spectacular bivouac on the top of Mont Blanc de Courmayeur.
A video by the STORY.teller COLLECTIVE
Filmed by Giacomo Berthet / Damiano Levati / Hervé Barmasse / Iker & Eneko Pou, Edited by Damiano Levati
Music: _ Fire, The Grave, & The Eyes of Man _ A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance _ These Dreams Haunt and Capture _ All That is Not Music is Silence
Performed by The Sleep Design, Written by The Sleep Design, Courtesy of Matchless Music, LLC