Tag archives for rock climbing

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…

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,…

Update: Valley Uprising just won the grand prize at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Congrats to all the climbers who shared their stories and the team at Sender Films. Over the past nine years, the REEL ROCK Film Tour has been gaining speed to reach some 100,000+ moviegoers in 35 countries and a huge online…

Alex Honnold just did his first climb in Patagonia. And it was pretty spectacular. He teamed up with Tommy Caldwell to make the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse, which involved climbing seven peaks in five days along the Cerro Fitz Roy ridge line. Honnold and Caldwell waited for their weather window, then covered three miles…

The 8th annual REEL Rock Film Tour, which kicks off tonight in Boulder, includes stories that push beyond the state-of-the-art climbing and that showcase a historic look into the sport’s not so distant past. Sender Films adventure movie makers Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, and Nick Rosen will roll out four new exciting documentaries that will…

You don’t normally think of Mammoth Lakes, California, as a climbing mecca. I’d never been to Mammoth, in fact, before last September, when the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) invited me to be their “keynote speaker,” where I held forth about the joys and woes of 33 years of freelance writing. During those few…

Dangling on the side of a big wall, perched up on a small ledge, or reaching high to grasp a good hold, adrenaline runs through your veins. A black raven swoops down past your head, giving a sharp sensation of the exposure below. Layers of deep connection to the environment are built through the survival…

Geology regularly blows us away—just check out the crazy rock formations Chris Sharma ascends in this video. Addicted to bouldering, deep-water soloing, and sport climbing, the Santa Cruz native spends 11 months a year in exotic locales, dangling off incredible hunks of rock sculpted by centuries of erosion. "Climbing is about finding beautiful things in…

The Icarus Project: Sky Flier Dean S. Potter On a sunny afternoon in mid-August, Dean Potter stepped onto a tongue of rock just below the summit of Switzerland’s Eiger and jumped off. At first he plunged toward a ledge 600 feet below, then air gathered in his wingsuit, his forward trajectory kicked in, and he…

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports on the thriving rock climbing scene on Kalymnos in the Eastern Aegea near Turkey. The Greek island, with its towering beachside cliffs, geological oddities, and low-key atmosphere has become “a top destination for rock climbers looking to combine outdoor adventure with an exotic beach vacation.” Particularly well-suited to rock climbers,…