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The Pretend Toprope "On arriving at the belay, I saw that my partner had tried to put the tube-style belay device in guide mode, but failed."
Review: Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime, by Ben Moon Ben Moon, the American climber, adventure photographer, and cancer survivor, has penned a masterful memoir that strikes all the right notes, whether you're a dog lover, a climber, or both.
Matterhorn Grandes Murailles winter enchainment completed by François Cazzanelli, Francesco Ratti After a failed attempt in 2017 and another in 2018, François Cazzanelli and Francesco Ratti have now completed their humungous winter project: the enchainment of all the peaks on the never-ending the ridge that joins some of the main massifs in Valtournenche: the Furggen chain, the Matterhorn, Grandes Murailles and Petites Murailles.
FRI NIGHT VID: 8c+ Multi-pitch by Fabian Buhl This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Ratikon in Switzerland. Fabian Buhl attempts the route Déjà, which was bolted in 1992 by Michi Wyser and Andres Lietha. The pair spent two years bolting…
Colmar & cult Tokyo label White Mountaineering join forces on a new collab Having previously joined forcesÂ with Hood By AirÂ founder Shayne OliverÂ on a directional collection of outerwear designed with the ski slopes in mind, Italian label ColmarÂ has announced its next collaboration comes courtesy of cult Japanese brand White Mountaineering.Â.
Women in Adventure 2020 Film Entries Announced The annual BMC TV and Womenclimb Women in Adventure Film Competition received 30 entries this year and the list of films has now been released online. The competition was conceived in 2014 as an attempt to get more women in front of and behind the camera in the context of adventure and the outdoors.
REVIEW: Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket Patagonia have used Gore-Tex Active, a 3-layer laminate which Gore say is the lightest and most breathable of their 3-layer collection. The 30 denier nylon face fabric feels suitably thin for a shell this lightweight, which has been welcomed when weight and space are a focus in a full winter sack.
Banff Mountain Film Festival Inverness - a great night. Great motivation on the final film about and 82 year old to life - "No Problem a great Mantra" Last night I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Eden Court Inverness. Banff in Canada is a place I know well from my many visits in the 80's, 90, and onwards ice climbing. What a country Canada is and it's amazing a small town like Banff has such a great Film and book festival.
Grace Staberg podiums at pair of French ski mountaineering events FRISCO - After the highs and lows of the Youth Olympics experience, Grace Staberg podiumed at a pair of French Championship series ski mountaineering events this past weekend. In Courchevel, France on Friday, Staberg finished first in a vertical race in the youth 18-20 age-group division.
Behind the Scenes With the 2019 World Championship Routesetters Learn what went on behind the problems for the 2019 IFSC Boulder World Championships, with introspective interviews from the setting team.
Paul Bonhomme scores steep ski descent down Punta Patrì in Gran Paradiso massif French mountain guide Paul Bonhomme has skied Linea senza frontiere, a new steep ski descent down the south face of Punta Patrì in the Gran Paradiso massif. Bonhomme, who ascended the same line he later skied, reports.
Crib Goch for Sunrise It has been a stunning week of temperature inversions here in Snowdonia and so I was pretty keen to get out for sunrise this morning and make the most of it. A quick text saw Tarquin and Lou on board, an early alarm got me out of bed and then we had a beautiful day…
Understanding Avalanche Conditions During Winter Mountaineering Understanding avalanche conditions during winter mountaineering is an important part of safe climbing. Learn about conducting snow pit tests, pregame research and avalanche survival practices.
Stefano Carnati climbing Biographie at Céüse in France Few routes in the world have captured the imagination as much as Biographie, the groundbreaking work of art of mother nature at Céüse in France, bolted by Jean-Cristophe Lafaille in the early 1990s and freed, after an epic siege, by Chris Sharma in 2001.
Ben Lui - The Helicopter used as a belay to lower the stretcher, then stuck overnight on the ridge and given a Parking Ticket. Ben Lui at 3707 feet is a superb mountain in the southern Highlands of Scotland, at the head of Glen Fyne. It has five well-defined ridges radiating out from the summit. Four corries lie between the ridges; including Coire Gaothaich which lies on the northeast side of the mountain.
Deal of the Week: Save on Last Season's The North Face Apparel, Footwear, and Gear Right now, you can get last season's jackets, tents, shoes, sleeping bags, and more from The North Face for 30% off-and often more than that.
Alex Honnold Responds to Internet Questions Watch Alex Honnold provide genuine answers to questions like "How do you get down?" and "Does Jared Leto free solo?"
Kelly, LaRochelle win final Arapahoe Basin ski mountaineering race of the season ARAPAHOE BASIN SKI AREA - With more than 50 skiers on the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area slopes, familiar faces Rory Kelly and Nikki LaRochelle won Tuesday's men's and women's final Rise and Shine Rando Series ski mountaineering race of the winter.
In Rätikon Fabian Buhl finally frees demanding Déjà multi-pitch On 27 November 2019 the German climber and mountaineer Fabian Buhl made the first free ascent of Déjà, a 400m alpine multi-pitch on the 7th Kirchlispitze in Switzerland's Rätikon massif which now checks in at 8c+.
Dee Molenaar: 1918-2020 Dad and Moz: Together again. Daddy passed away yesterday morning. I guess some part of me felt that if we didn't announce his death, it wouldn't be real.
UGG x White Mountaineering FW20 Delivers Chunky and Cozy Capsule UGG x White Mountaineering's FW20 collection is priced at $225 USD for the Kenton slippers, $250 USD for the CA805 sneaker and $275 USD for the Classic Short boots. The pieces are slated to become available starting in September.
JOBS: Full-time Routesetter - The Arch Climbing Wall We're looking for a great routesetter to join us! If you're looking for an exciting environment to share your creative routesetting with a wide audience and further develop your skills, this is a dream setup.
BMC Welsh Bouldering Championships 2020 National Competitions kicks off with the BMC Welsh Bouldering Championships on 1 February at the Climbing Hangar in Swansea! With a time limit of only two hours and eight blocs to conquer, created by our masterful route setting team with holds supplied by our sponsors Beta Setting, who will be crowned Welsh Bouldering Champion 2020?
VIDEO: Kilian Jornet vs Base Jumper Base Jumper Tom Erik Heimen and trail runner Kilian Jornet "race" up and down the iconic Romsdalshorn in Norway. Romsdalshorn is situated in Rauma, in the middle of the beautiful fjordlands on the west coast of Norway. Kilian and Tom Erik started their race from the trailhead, carrying all they needed for their ascent / descent.
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