The high mountains around Chamonix have long been a proving ground for aspiring alpinists and mountaineers who have used this alpine playground as a source of inspiration, training and experience for the greater ranges. So it was for Rab founder Rab Carrington, who spent his summers here during the 1970's, and so it remains to this day with many young climbers making the pilgrimage to this epicentre of European alpinism. In April 2015, Emma Twyford travelled to Chamonix with fellow Rab athlete Calum Muskett to attempt what would have been the first female ascent of the Voie Petite; a 14-pitch route on the Grand Capucin with difficulties up to 8b. While Emma is perhaps best known as one of the UK's leading trad and sport climbers, with numerous routes of 8b and above under her belt as well as trad ascents up to E9, the potential of climbing in the wild surroundings of the Alps still held a special draw for her.
Rab Athlete Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright chase the speed record on Eldorado Canyon's most iconic route, "The Naked Edge" (5.11). With multiple pitches of 5.11 and standing at over 600ft tall, this video was shot during an actual speed attempt in which Scott and Brad employ unique tactics to dispense with this classic route and it's complicated descent in less than 30 minutes.
BRAVE NEW WILD is an offbeat chronicle of America's Golden Age of rock climbing before and after the controversial ascent of the Dawn Wall in 1970. Some forty years later, Oakley Anderson-Moore, the daughter of a pioneering climber, stumbles upon her father's old hi8 tapes, and sets out to answer the question: why climb when there's nothing to gain -- and everything to lose? Wry humor and an eclectic original soundtrack punctuate the delinquent antics of the Vulgarians in the "Gunks, the larger-than-life rivalry of Yosemite's rock gods, and the fruit tramping, freight train hopping hobodom of her dad's climbing life. This film is quintessential viewing for those who long for adventure.
Sibylle Hechtel recounts the adventurous walls-without-balls ascent by her and Bev Johnson in 1973; at that point, no one knew if an all-woman team had what it took to climb the 3,000 granite monolith. Turns out, they did! Featuring an introduction from Lynn Hill, who went on to become the first person of any gender to free climb the Nose of El Cap, as well as Jim Erickson, a great climber who did the first free climb of the Northwest Face of Half Dome. Be brave, and the sky is the limit! And then some. This is an excerpt from Wild New Brave, a companion film to Brave New Wild. You can find more info at bravenewwild.com.
Sean Villanueva O?Driscoll is one of the most charismatic and all round bad ass climbers on the planet. Epic TV caught up with him in Chamonix to talk big walls, adventures on Captain Bob's boat and of course, get a tune from him on the tin whistle.
While on the road in the Northern Scotland, Patagonia climbing ambassador, Sean Villanueva O?Driscoll reflects on the garments that have accompanied him on expeditions all around the world. "A piece that is full of patches and repairs has a spirit. It has a story attached to it!" says Sean. The stories we wear are worth hanging onto, repairing and using as long as possible. That's the heart of Worn Wear and the story of Sean.
Like any true adventure, things don't go as planned. Cheyne Lempe provides a gripping story of risk, success, and failure, featuring incredible visuals that capture the raw beauty and power of this rarely-seen Baffin Island alpine wilderness.
Breakfast with Sean Villanueva O?Driscoll on the wall in Madagascar.
On February 6th, Ines Papert and Mayan Smith-Gobat summited Torres Central, in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) via the extremely difficult east face. 25 years after the first ascent of this historic route, this was only the fifth known successful ascent of Riders on the Storm. This region is famous for its unstable weather conditions, making it a very challenging place to climb.
Riders on the Storm was first climbed by Wolfgang Güllich, Kurt Albert, Bernd Arnold, Peter Dittrich and Norbert Bätz in January 1991 during 15 days of climbing over a five-week period. This stunning line on the sheer 1300m east face of Torres Central line went at 7c, A3. The climbing is very varied and demanding, ranging from delicate and runout face climbing to wide cracks and roofs, which were often entirely iced up.
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Nina Williams teams up with Y.O.S.A.R. member Helen Sinclair to take on the Rostrum in Yosemite as one of her first true Multi-Pitch Trad climbs!; For more information on adidas Outdoor check out...
Some records are just meant to be broken. Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter just knew that the women's speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California was their's for the taking. Crushing the old record and standing atop El Capitan at 5 hours 02 minutes after their first test run and 4 hours 43 minutes after the final attempt just a few days later, Mayan and Libby put their names in the books of the infamous route in the Yosemite National Park, California.
MHW athletes Cheyne Lempe and Ethan Pringle explore the crack systems on the north face of higher Cathedral Rock in Yosemite, an area that is seldom climbed due to a challenging approach and consta...; MHW athletes Cheyne Lempe and Ethan Pringle explore the crack systems on the north face of higher Cathedral Rock in Yosemite, an area that is seldom climbed due to a challenging approach and consta...
On May 31, 2015, Petzl athlete Emily Harrington topped out Yosemite's El Capitan via Golden Gate (5.13b, 41 pitches). The ascent was the culmination of a three-year learning process and one of her ...
Four of the biggest stories from the climbing world, told with humor, heart, and mind-bending action. La Dura Dura (The Hard Hard) Chris Sharma has been the "king" of sport climbing for 15 years, and has created a mecca for hard routes near his home in Catalunya, Spain. Now, the Czech wunderkind, 19 year-old Adam Ondra, has come to Sharma's home turf to take the torch. The Shark's Fin Alpine climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk ascend Northern India's Meru Shark Fin, one of the last unclimbed rock faces in the world. The trio sets off on a second attempt to summit the treacherous Fin -- a third attempt for Anker -- overcoming devastating setbacks and pushing through in extreme conditions for a shot at making history. Wide Boyz American offwidth climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren't afraid to bleed their way up a route. So when two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West -- including the first ascent of the world's hardest offwidth -- it came as quite a shock. Honnold 3.0 Alex Honnold has become known as the boldest soloist of his generation. In this dangerous game, how does he balance pure ambition with self-preservation? From highball boulder first ascents to 5.13 free solos, from far-flung trad climbing adventures to speed records on The Nose, Honnold wrestles with this question in preparation for his biggest adventure yet - the Yosemite Triple. In under 19 hours he climbs Mt. Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome, 95% of it free solo. Special Features - Behind The Scenes - Bonus footage from La Dura Dura, Wide Boyz, and Honnold 3.0
After battling tricky weather and challenging rock, Black Diamond Ambassador Roland Hemetzberger finally sent Delirium, an multi-pitch 8c in Austria's Kaiser Mountains.
Challenging routes in a great natural environment. The Torres del Paine in southern Chile is the best place to test your adventurous side. Follow Diego Se?oret climbing in this beautiful place.; Wh...
Five new and inspiring films from climbing's renowned REEL ROCK Film Tour. From big walls to highballs, REEL ROCK 10 follows the best athletes on an action-packed journey from South Africa to Arkansas to witness the biggest events in the vertical realm.
A Line Across The Sky
The Fitz Roy Traverse is one of the most sought after achievements in modern alpinism: a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing. Who knew it could be so much fun? Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring, and at times hilarious, quest that earned the Piolet d'Or.
Dean Potter Tribute
Dean Potter was the most iconic vertical adventurer of a generation. He has been an integral part of the REEL ROCK family since year one, starring in such classics as First Ascent, Fly Or Die, Race For The Nose, and Valley Uprising. Following his tragic death in May of 2015, REEL ROCK 10 includes this stirring tribute to our friend and collaborator.
High And Mighty
High ball bouldering, where a fall could lead to a serious injury, is not for the faint of heart. Add to the equation a level of difficulty at climbing's cutting edge, and things can get downright out of control. Follow Daniel Woods' epic battle to conquer fear and climb the high ball test-piece, The Process.
Showdown At Horseshoe Hell
24 Hours Of Horseshoe Hell is the wildest event in the climbing world: a mash-up of ultramarathon and Burning Man where elite climbers and gumbies alike go for broke in a sun up-to-sun up orgy of lactic acid and beer. But all fun aside, the competition is real: Can the team of Nik Berry and Mason Earle stand up against the all-powerful Alex Honnold?
Dawn Wall Exclusive
A first look at Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson's epic final push to free climb the Dawn Wall. It marked the greatest climbing achievement of a generation and captured the world's imagination.
Extended climbing footage, hilarious outtakes, and deleted scenes.
On May 31, 2015, Petzl athlete Emily Harrington topped out Yosemite's El Capitan via Golden Gate (5.13b, 41 pitches). The ascent was the culmination of a three-year learning process and one of her biggest challenges to date. "It was a bloody, tear-stained battle, done in the best style possible," Emily said of the climb.
This video made by the legendary Cedar Wright not only gives you a chance to drool over some of the most desirable climbing scenery in the world, it also gives a deep insight into Hazel Findlay as a climber, and as a person. She talks about her passion for climbing, and how there is a fine line between passion and obsession. One of the strongest trad climbers in the world, it is amazing watching her climbing two of her hardest sends in Yosemite: The Book of Hate (5.13+) and the second ascent of The Pre-Muir (5.13+) on El Capitan, a dream for many climbers.
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Expedition to Greenland featuring Ethan Pringle & Mike Libecki; Filmed & Directed by:; Keith Ladzinski; Edited by:; Andy Mann; Music by:; Patrick Dethlefs; Commissioned by:; Mountain Hardwear
Black Diamond athlete Tommy Caldwell is arguably the world's best big-wall free climber, and he focuses much of his attention on imposing unclimbed lines on Yosemite's iconic El Capitan. The past f...
Mike Libecki, Angie Payne, and Ethan Pringle traveled to a remote fjord on the southeast coast of Greenland to climb. Tucked away beneath a looming cirque of granite peaks for two weeks, the three ...
Mike Libecki, Angie Payne, and Ethan Pringle traveled to a remote fjord on the southeast coast of Greenland to climb. Tucked away beneath a looming cirque of granite peaks for two weeks, the three ...; Mike Libecki, Angie Payne, and Ethan Pringle traveled to a remote fjord on the southeast coast of Greenland to climb. Tucked away beneath a looming cirque of granite peaks for two weeks, the three ...
Prior to getting on the Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, the most difficult "big wall" objective in the world, Kevin Jorgeson had a very different climbing focus and style. It all changed when he was approached by Tommy Caldwell to partner up and take on the impossible.
In October of 2014, Jorg Verhoeven spent 30 days in Yosemite Valley, California with one goal in mind; Make a free ascent of The Nose (5.14), on El Capitan, arguably one of the world's most famous climbs. Join Jorg as he explains why this route is so hard, what keeps people from climbing this iconic route free, and what he personally invested into his remarkable ascent. Tommy Caldwell and Lynn Hill help narrate this incredible story of determination and perseverance that ultimately leads to the 5th free ascent of The Nose.
A look into the life of Kevin Jorgeson and his impossible invitation to free the hardest unclimbed big wall route in the world.
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Andy Mann & Keith Ladzinski
Andy Mann & Josh Povec
For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite. The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an extreme bohemian lifestyle in the valley: living in the dirt, clashing with the National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on earth. The torch has been passed across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.
Professional rock climber, Sasha DiGiulian, and climbing partner, Eduard Martin Garcia, successfully ascended one of the hardest multi-pitch climbs in the world. Tackling the 330 meter (1,082ft) se...
In a wild and dangerous ascent,Dean Potter and his climbing partner Sean Leary set the speed record for climbing up the Nose Route of Yosemite Valley's El Capitan. The trust in each others ability ...; In a wild and dangerous ascent,Dean Potter and his climbing partner Sean Leary set the speed record for climbing up the Nose Route of Yosemite Valley's El Capitan. The trust in each others ability ...
When Tommy Caldwell's dad took him up the Twin Owls to fly his kite at age three, a lifelong obsession was born. In the ensuing decades, Caldwell's attitude, hard work and determination -- even through harrowing circumstances -- have helped him become one of the world's greatest rock climbers. A glimpse into the experiences, obstacles and ongoing progression of Tommy Caldwell.
In the big wall free climbing world, the aesthetic sandstone crack system on Moonlight Buttress stands as an iconic line on nearly every climber's life list. But for Eddie Bauer athlete Katie Lambert, one milestone on that multi-pitch testpiece elevated its significance to something greater and much more personal than just a single potential tick on the resume.
Tommy Caldwell's dad introduced him to rock climbing at the age of three—and by 16, Tommy was a world champion. For the last five years, Tommy has been attempting to climb a shear 3000-foot rock face that many consider the most difficult free climb ever attempted. How do you stay motivated on such a climb? See how Tommy brings the encouragement of his friends, family and fans along for the ride.
Already in 2010, the climber Elie Chevieux discovered a wonderful BigWall in the Indian region of Kinnaur. This year he decided to return to the impressive wall and establish a new route with Yannick Boissenot and the Mammut Proteam athlete Giovanni Quirici, who, sadly, recently lost his life. After two months in India, three weeks in the base camp and only three days of fine weather, the team was able to climb a 700-meter long route including several passages with a difficult rating of 7 leading up to the 4,700-meter high peak. This film was shot in memory of the extraordinary Mammut climbing athlete Giovanni Quirici
In June 2012 Nathan Murphy and Oli Lyon went to Yosemite for 4 weeks climbing with the goal of having a look at Freerider on El Cap. This is our story.
In a wild and dangerous ascent, Dean Potter and his climbing partner Sean Leary set the speed record for climbing up the Nose Route of Yosemite Valley's El Capitan. The trust in each others ability and judgement is absolutely essential, as a fall by either climber could have grave consequences for both.
Azazel is the story of 4 friends who go to Pakistan to put up a new route on the Trango Pulpit, a 6000m peak. They spent 20 days on the wall and it's a great story of friendship. Featuring, Yann Mimet, Martial Dumas, Sam Beaugey and Jean-Yves Fredriksen.
Located in the "Cirque of the "Unclimbables", the elegance of this six hundred meter arrow of sheer granite is equalled only by the beauty of the climbing on it. Arnaud Petit, Stephanie Bodet, Beth Rodden & Tommy Caldwell were there, filmed by Benoit Robert
A behind the scenes look at Sonnie Trotter and Will Stanhope climbing Yosemite's Prophet (5.13.d)
Dean Potter is characterized by creativity, commitment and challenge. He started climbing as a child, with a free solo fall from a stone wall as one of his earliest memories. Since that time, he has speed soloed Half Dome and El Capitan, Cerro Torre and Fitzroy. He was the first to make a one-day free ascent of El Cap and Half Dome and a one-day speed linkup of both of those big walls and Mount Watkins, Yosemites third Grade VI wall. He has also established testpiece crack routes in the Utah desert and highball boulder problems in Yosemite.
In November 2009, four adventurers (Sam Beaugey, Manu Pellissier, Seb Collomb-Gros and G_raldine Fasnacht) decided to try something never done before: an expedition through Antarctica, this wild frozen land, in order to do all kind of mountain sports: skiing, aid climbing, snow kiting, paragliding and base jumping