Last month, Pete and I were invited on a trip to Norway to lecture at the infamous Ballestein Festival. What was even more exciting than the promised crazy Norwegian climbing festival, was the assurance that we’d have time to make a visit to try Nico Favresse’s Recovery Drink on the Profile Wall in Jøssingfjord. As a route suggested to be perhaps the hardest crack on the planet.
National Geographic explorer-climber Mike Libecki completed his 60th expedition earlier this year, making the first ascent of the jungle tower Poumaka. Located on the French Polynesian Marquesas Island of Ua Pou, Poumaka proved a daunting task for Libecki and team.
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
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 ...