When it comes to sending hard projects, even the best climbers don't always know when—or even if—it's going to happen. You bring hope and intent and training...and then you go to work.
For Black Diamond Athlete Joe Kinder, Maquina Muerte was that kind of climb. Steep and physical, the southern-Utah line is a testpiece of power and resolve, culminating in a 'bastard undercling' that protects the crux. "This thing gave me grief," Joe says of making the 5.14+'s first ascent. "But it was so nice to complete."
In March 2014, Alex Megos was over in the UK to take part in the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) comp at Sheffield and stayed on afterwards for a few days to climb mainly at Raven Tor and Malham, ticking crag classics that included Unjustified (8c), Bat Route (8c), Mecca (8b+) as well as having a quick go at Hubble (8c+).
Nina Caprez climbs on Hélix 8c+ and Cédric Lachat on Staphylocoque 9a+, two routes they did redpoint a few days ago. Location: Pic Saint Loup (South of France)
Mélissa Le Nevé completes the world famous "Wallstreet" 8c in Franconian Switzerland, Germany. She is the first woman climbing to the top, 27 years after the first ascent by Wolfgang Güllich. Wallstreet was the first 8c in the world. The area "Frankenjura" is filled with fairytale-like sculptures of rock distributed throughout the forests.
Steph Davis shares her search for connection and perfection on the sandstone cliffs of Moab, Utah.
VALLEY UPRISING is the much-anticipated documentary from Sender Films about the epic history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of outdoor sports. Narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, the film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and interviews with Yosemite greats -- from pioneers like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill and John Long to cutting edge modern athletes like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold. Valley Uprising tells the story of the bold men and women who broke with convention and redefined the limits of human possibility in America's legendary national park.
While in Ecuador, the Lead Now team travels throughout the country, exploring volcanoes, crater lakes, local cuisine, and new projects along the way. Amidst rolling hills, low fog, and the hum of alpacas, the land feels a bit like the setting of a fairytale. Watch Paige Claassen make the first ascent of Middle Earth (5.13d/8b) at 13,000 feet in Cajas National Park.
While in Chile, the Lead Now team explores cliffs just outside the city of Santiago while working with local non profit VE Global. In between ascents of technical routes at El Arrayán, Paige introduces a group of young girls supported by VE Global to climbing. While learning about the challenging histories these girls have faced, Paige reflects on the past 9 months of the Lead Now Tour, recognizing that each of us can work together to support one another's ambitions.
Black Diamond athlete and crack climbing maestro Mason Earle spent a stint in Yosemite Valley last year, where he managed to make the first free ascent of an old project on Schultz's Ridge.
LA ROSE ET LE VAMPIRE 8b | LE BOUT DU MONDE, BUOUX "Choreographie in Stein am Ende der Welt..."
One of Tahoe’s finest unclimbed lines, Crown Jewel, was sent by Kyle O’Meara this past summer. It climbs a perfectly clean 30 foot overhanging wall with sustained moves throughout. The boulder sits in a spectacular position perched above the Phantom Spires. Over the past few years a select group of hard climbing Tahoe locals have been scouring the area, spending a ton of time under the big pine trees and secretly picking off world class boulder problems. The Time In The Pines series is a tip of the hat to the hard work that the select few have put in.