On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less rock climb in history.
Everyone knows Alex Honnold for his big, bold free solos in Yosemite and around the world. But what does an average day look like for this rock (climbing) star? Well, it starts early and ends early in the back of a van. Day in the Life caught up with Honnold who is still dirtbaggin' near Bishop, California, not too far from where he grew up in Sacramento. This morning is dedicated to checking out the late John Bachar's free solo circuit in Owens River Gorge and repeating many of the routes.
A van overloaded with too many people sputters and coughs as it rolls to a stop in front of an old, ill-kept hotel. Bald, hand-patched tires let out a sigh of relief as a band of American climbers tumble out of the rickety jalopy that has been their home for the last 10 hours. Overhead, two thousand feet of striped, limestone cliffs loom above dense jungle as Ben Spannuth unpacks his gear from the back of the make-shift bus. The travel day is at an end. Tomorrow, he will explore the caves eroded into the face of the rock. Welcome to Columbia!
With 5am daily wakeup calls to work India’s hardest sport climb before sunrise, Paige Claassen and 2 of India’s strongest climbers – Tuhin Satarkar and Sandeep Kumar Maity – navigate not only heat but the cultural barriers of a country deeply rooted in tradition. In a culture where women are expected to keep the home, dress conservatively, and live under the guidance of men, a woman climbing Ganesh (5.14a/8b+) is an unexpected event. Follow the Lead Now team deeper into the struggles of women in India as Ruchira Gupta, Emmy winning founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, describes her work to end sex trafficking and forced prostitution in India, and encourage the hope, empowerment, and shared courage of women around the world.
David Lama is best known for being able to scale the world's toughest alpine climbing routes, while Dani Arnold is famous for his speed. The two young alpinists recently teamed up for an expedition to Alaska and were able to realize a spectacular first ascent right away. With their new route "Bird of Prey" Lama and Arnold managed to pull off the first line through the central headwall of the 1500-metre (4500 ft.) east face of Moose's Tooth. The duo finished the demanding climb in remarkable speed, making it back to base camp within 48 hours.
On a beautiful August evening at the Olympic Training Center in Park City, Utah, climbing officially became a spectator sport! The packed house was up in arms watching the inaugural Psicobloc Master Series Competition, where a world class field of fierce competitors climbed side by side before falling 50 feet into the water below. PrAna ambassadors Chris Sharma, Jacinda Hunter and Jimmy Webb share their personal stories leading up to and during this high energy event.
Between shooting guns, jumping off cliffs, and exploring the desert, Mason Earle attempts what could be the hardest crack climb in the world. Watch as he attempts his new ultra-hard route at Bartlett Wash and manages to conquer yet another FFA outside of Moab.
Filmed and edited by Andy Mann (3 Strings Media) in early October 2011. Evolv athlete, Emily Harrington, completes her hardest route to date: "Wacka Flocka" (5.14b), Rifle, CO.
This video was filmed and edited by Cheyne Lempe for non-commercial creative personal use: Lucky Monkey is a short film that illustrates the vibrant events throughout the past year of my life spent in Patagonia and Yosemite National Park. I tried my absolute hardest to capture my experiences while operating at my physical, mental, and emotional limit during the climbs and rescues. Though, during these difficult times, it felt pointless, inappropriate, and greatly inconvenient to pull out my camera. After the fact, I can't express how thankful I am to have captured such unique moments. I'm unbelievably lucky to be continually surrounded by incredible people in such inspiring places. Creating the film was a great learning experience, as I poured every ounce of energy and creativity into it. I hope to continually get better at telling stories throughout my future trips and adventures.
Climbing Oman's sheer limestone cliffs without a rope is a beautiful, harrowing endeavor. Join a group of hard-core climbers as they tackle a relatively new kind of solo climbing, above water that can be as hard as pavement if the fall is far enough.
With the government shutdown this past October, climbers were kicked out of Yosemite National Park. With few surrounding options, Tommy Caldwell and friends went to check out the granite at Shuteye Ridge. Fellow Patagonia climbing ambassador Sonnie Trotter filmed Tommy making the first ascent of an open project that turned out to be an incredible 5.13+ sport climb. Sonnie made the second ascent of the route soon afterwards and confirms its impeccable quality.
The best granite on the planet has a few Frenchmen on it - and they're enjoying the hell out of this world-class climbing. 'Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.' - William Blake The boys find their dream pitch: extremely hard technical climbing on possibly some of the best granite there is. This is why they came to climb in Patagonia, and they'll never forget it. Dream Pitch Climbing, Patagonian Stemming | The Whistler, the Wizard & the Raccoon, Ep. 6
The Pursuit film takes you into the mind of Aaron Mulkey and his pursuit of mother nature's greatest watery treasures. Interviews with his friends reveal that true adventure awaits those who choose to pick up the phone when he calls. With over 100 first ascents of frozen waterfalls and nearly 20 first descents of rivers and creeks around the world, Aaron Mulkey has proven he is not afraid to walk a little farther to explore unknown places.
Last December, snowboarders Xavier de le Rue and Lucas Debari set sail from the Falklands, through the Drake Passage and around the Fjords of the Antarctic peninsula in search of the best lines to ride on the continent.