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.
The Himalayas from 20,000 ft from Teton Gravity Research.
In 2001 Doug Coombs and legendary local Ptor Spricenieks were some of the first people to ski the “Ice Line” in La Grave, France. Now thirteen years later, inspired by their heroes, Johnny Collinson, Ian McIntosh, & their guide Joey Vallone look to repeat this rarely skied descent. Ptor recently reflected on his experience with Doug in 2001, "I'm pretty sure it started with a conversation by radio. Doug and I were neighbors but we never used the phone. None the less, the time for 'that' line on the Glacier de la Meije was at hand...something we'd been looking at and scheming about together. As usual when that magic of timing and mutual inspiration come together, the mission is effortless. Too bad we were too busy flowing along to take pictures. The memories however, are super burned into my being. I remember how awed we both were to be in the middle of such a run. Despite Doug's casual attitude towards things, he was the most awed that I had ever seen that day. 'Full meal deal' I think was his superlative. Thanks Doug."
"Ritter der Kokosnuss" M12 Trad Style 165m, 2nd repeat by Ines Papert.
Edu Marin is one of the strongest sport climbers in the world. His father 'Novato' is perhaps THE strongest 62 year-old. It was only a matter of time before they joined forces for a project: and oh, what a project. They decided to take on Panaroma, a face on one of the Tre cime di Lavaredo peaks in the Dolomites. Panaroma, 8c, towers among the hardest big wall routes in the world, especially given that some of the holds on one of the 8b+ pitches have broken and nobody has sent it since. Tie in with Edu and Novato for an emotional adventure that will take them into the very heart of their relationship and to the peak of one of the world's great climbs.
Ines Papert: Reflection. After years of dominating the competition circuit, Ines Papert now dedicates her time to exploring new locations and putting up first ascents of cutting-edge ice and mixed climbs all over the world.
In this 1970 “CBS Evening News” report, climbers Dean Caldwell and Warren Harding make history as the first to climb El Capitan’s “Wall of Early Morning Light.” Now known as “Dawn Wall,” it's the same cliff face that Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell free-climbed in an equally historic feat. While both had their challenges, the 1970 climb would prove to be more controversial thanks to a spat between the climbers and the National Park Service.