Category : Blog

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

Peaches Preaches: The Dirtbag Conundrum

"You walk without a sense of purpose," a Berkeley bar manager once told James "Peaches" Lucas before firing him. A dedicated climber who spent 15 years living out of caves, tents, and then a Saturn station wagon to pursue the sport, Lucas stumbles th...

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

Stefano Ghisolfi Climbs Jungle Boogie (5.15a/9a+)

[embedded content]In October, 2016, Stefano Ghisolfi made the third ascent of Jungle Boogie, in Ceuse, France. This is the story of his redpoint. Jungle Boogie was first climbed by Adam Ondra in 2012, and Sachi Amma made the second ascent in 2015. A...

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

Re-Gram: 9 Night Climbing Photos

Re-Gram: 9 Night Climbing Photos9 photos of climbers getting after it after hours, submitted by our readers.9 ImagesLow light or no light should never stop a good session. These climbers ignored the setting sun to flick on their headlamps for good te...

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

Rescue Helicopter Crashes in Austria

[embedded content]Scary stuff. This footage captures the crash of a mountain rescue helicopter on Großglockner (12,461'), the tallest peak in Austria. The vehicle stopped just shy of a 300-meter drop. Miraculously, no one was injured. Vittorio Messin...

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

First Down Syndrome Summit of the Grand Teton

Bob Harris on a technical section of the Owen-Spalding route. Photo: Julie EllisonOn Friday, August 18, Andrew “Bob/Ducky” Harris became the first person with Down Syndrome to summit the Grand Teton. The ascent via the Owen-Spalding route took just u...

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

Unsent: It’s Not a Free Solo, It’s a Highball, DAD!

Unsent /un-sent/ 1. To have failed so badly on a route you had previously climbed that you negate your redpoint. 2. A humor column.It’s fine, see? He has spotters. Geeze! Photo: Andrew BurrOh. My. GOD. Stop worrying! You and mom are such babies. I’m...

Climbing / Blog - 2 months ago

Rocklands: 34 Orange Sandstone Boulder Problems

[embedded content]25 minutes, 34 problems from V4 to V11, no dialogue. This is pure bouldering porn. The problems are:1:09 - Slash and Burn (V8/7B), De Pakhuys, Twin Boulders1:59 - Mannerheim Roof (V5/6C), The Pass, Roadcrew2:30 - Demi Lune (V5/6C),...

Climbing / Blog - 3 months ago

A Year in the Life of a Climbing Photographer

While the life of a traveling climber/climbing photographer might seem to be all glitz, glamor, and exotic destinations, travel is strenuous and disorienting. You’re often rootless, and schlepping untold pounds of gear around the world and up the cli...

Climbing / Blog - 3 months ago

The Last Lead: Aging Out of Climbing

Author Dick Dorworth, ~10 years ago, topping out the Mountaineer’s Route on the Elephant’s Perch in Idaho's Sawtooth Range for the last time. Photo by Dave HartIt had to happen. The signs leading up to the last lead had been clear and chronic for sev...

Climbing / Blog - 3 months ago

The Peanut Gallery: The #1 and #2 Problems With Van Life

Julie “Peanut” Ellison is the Editor at Large for Climbing. She often gets worked up about things she reads on the Internet and then falls asleep mumbling to herself about it. The Peanut Gallery is her monthly column.When you live in your van, the wo...