Category archives for Climbing

Climbing Beyond Cartels

How rock climbing is saving youth from gangs and drug cartels in Mexico Imagine as a kid never having been told that he or she could become something in life. Then add extreme poverty, domestic abuse, gang violence, and drug cartels to your experience of everyday life. Now try to imagine where you would have ended…

Opinion: Rethinking Risk

In an era in which athletes are willing to take increasingly greater risks in front of the camera, is it ethical for brands to promote and benefit from this willingness? Clif Bar says no for its company. Is this an insult to the athletes, or are they onto something? Professional climber, free-soloist, BASE jumper, and…

Myanmar Climb: Coda – Dispatch #12

After 8 brutally cold and windy days attempting to climb Hkakabo Razi on the Myanmar/Tibet border, the team finally called it quits and is happy to be safely back down enjoying the comforts of basecamp. Here, @renan_ozturk carefully navigates the exposed snow ridge back to high camp above the clouds. Renan, along with @coryrichards and…

Full moon reflections from 11.7. The clouds swirled and danced around the glowing rock in the sky, but never fully revealed it. #MyanmarClimb @camp4collective @thenorthface @natgeo A photo posted by taylorfreesolo (@taylorfreesolo) on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:05pm PST   Mountaineering is indubitably an unhealthy, sometimes even deadly, disease. Like malaria, once you get it,…

Read all the Myanmar Climb dispatches. Trust. More than any other sport on the planet, climbing is founded on trust. There are two reasons for this: first, consequences are life or death; second, you’re always tied to your partner. If your tennis partner blows the volley, who cares. If the tight end misses the quarterback’s…

EDITOR’S NOTE: To read Hilaree O’Neill’s first-person account of the same period of time described below, read the November 11 entry on The North Face’s expedition blog. Another one from #MyanmarClimb. Me approaching the ridge to high camp. Thanks @hilareeoneill for the photo. Still decompressing and recovering but on our way down and warmer thicker…

Photo by @renan_ozturk @camp4collective // #onassignment for the #MyanmarClimb. In the morning we set out to climb from Camp II to Camp III, an exploration into the unknown more than we expected. We ended up taking a wrong turn, which cost us 3 hours of route finding in unprotected snow and loose rock. Plan C…

Basecamp Dispatches #3: The team is sending and slept last night at Camp II. It started dumping snow today but they are climbing along the west ridge, and spirits are high. Here in BC, I tried to spend more time with our Rawang cooks even though it’s hard to communicate without words. They make fried…

Yesterday morning, the team awoke pre-dawn to gather Juniper and assemble a small Puja ceremony. A few hours later, they embarked – crossing up and over the ridge behind these prayer flags and on to Camp 1 (15,888 ft). #MyanmarClimb A photo posted by taylorfreesolo (@taylorfreesolo) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:38pm PDT Read all the…

I wasn’t sure if it was relief to get through the jungle, or rather a new sense of intimidation and fear to see the convoluted ridge route leading up to the summit of Hkakabo Razi. The last two days the team has emerged from the palm leaves jungle, through the pine forest, and now into…

Photo @coryrichards The rugged topography of northern Myanmar has yielded a month of crushing overland travel just to arrive at basecamp. Over 30 porters have aided us in the approach to Hkakabo Razi. Today is our last day before setting up our basecamp and moving on to the next phase of this journey. On assignment…

Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, over raging rivers, and through cultural…

Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, over raging rivers, and through cultural…

Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, over raging rivers, and through cultural…

See all our Valley Uprising coverage. Sixty years of fascinating Yosemite climbing culture come to life in Valley Uprising, the latest Sender Films doc now globetrotting on the Reel Rock film tour. In this 90-minute documentary that was seven years in the making, we learn of daring dirtbags who have poured blood, sweat, adrenalin, and…

Yosemite explodes at the seams with rich climbing lore. The towering granite walls of Half Dome and El Capitan attract rock monkeys like moths to flame, and any cragsman worth his sauce knows that legends are made here. Now 60 years of Yosemite’s climbing history—and its colorful tapestry of bold dirtbags and outlaws—come to life…

Even the insects in their silence seemed to know that 4 a.m. was not the time to be up and about, but there we were waking up again before the sun had even blinked an eye. As the morning stars flickered through the pine forest canopy over our campsite, we quickly made breakfast, packed up…

Half a century of climbing comes to life in the new film Valley Uprising. “It’s not just a film about climbing, but about living life in this very free, present way where the focus of one’s existence is experiential, not materialistic,” says Pete Mortimer, co-director of the upcoming feature documentary Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution,…

Montana: Climb Granite Peak

Take a two- to four-day weekend to tackle the highest point in Montana. What Is It? Take on a burly 20- to 24-mile round-trip backpack excursion to top out on one of the most difficult high points in the 50 states. Granite Peak, an imposing chunk of rock located in the Beartooth Range, towers over…

From Longboarding on a Mountain Pass to Climbing with Conrad Anker in His Own Backyard No one chatted much as we trudged uphill through the forest. Mosquitos made their way into my ear each time I paused to catch my breath, and the verbal silence masked any possible diversion from the buzzing and swatting. It…

400 Miles From Yellowstone to Glacier The fourth largest state with one of the lowest populations, Montana—my home base—is still very much a wild and undeveloped place. My friends and I will drive the back roads through the heartland of the state, through countless mountain ranges, along rivers and streams seldom seen by outsiders, and up to the…

Michigan: A Grand Adventure

Tour Grand Island on foot, by bike, and by kayak. What Is It? Grand Island, located a quick boat ride from the bustling town of Munising, boasts spectacular scenery, rich history, and countless recreational opportunities. Take advantage of all this island has to offer with a multisport weekend camping adventure featuring hiking, biking, paddling, and…

For climbers, no place represents America more than Yosemite. Climbing heroes from Yvon Chouinard to Lynn Hill cut their teeth on its gargantuan walls and domes. Its soaring granite faces and swooping valleys are a Mecca for dirtbag climbers, attracting the sweat and passion of the world’s best—and forging a mythology of revolutionary hard men…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. Twenty-year-old German climber Alexander Megos is quietly making quick work of some of the most famous sport climbing routes in the world. Just earlier this month he ascended Biographie, also known as Realization, one of the most famous sport-climbing routes in the…

Walk one of the park’s newest, toughest trails, then enjoy an easy lake paddle. What Is It? Looking to get off the beaten path and avoid the crowds in one of Maine’s most heavily visited state parks? Try the Traveler Mountain Loop. It’s a lung-busting, 10.6-mile circuit that includes three separate mountain summits and climbs…