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Wide Boyz - Staffordshire Nose (Dark Star Media)

Wide Boyz - Staffordshire Nose (Dark Star Media)

The Wide Boyz, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, head out west to take on one of the toughest challenges the Peak District has to offer, The Staffordshire Nose challenge.

The aim is to climb every Joe Brown and Don Whillians route in Staffordshire in as short a time as possible. Comparable in length to climbing the Nose on El Capitan the "Staffordshire Nose" was born. With the previous record set at a blistering 4 hours and 58 hours, will the Wide Boyz have what it takes to beat the record. darksky-media.com

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk in the Grampians

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk in the Grampians

he variety of rock in the Grampians is incredible and makes for really varied climbing throughout the areas. This video shows some of the most unique rock from the waves and swirls of Kindergarten to the "spider web" quartzite veins on The Outsider.

James Pearson And Caroline Ciavaldini Bouldering and Trad Climbing Roca Verde, Spain

James Pearson And Caroline Ciavaldini Bouldering and Trad Climbing Roca Verde, Spain

In the final episode of Roca Verde Road Trip, James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini discover there are alternative options to the sport climbing of north-west Spain, as they discover some recently cleaned trad climbing sectors, as well as some pretty tasty bouldering areas.

Joe Heeley Eyes Wide Shut (E9 6c/7a) Peak District

Joe Heeley Eyes Wide Shut (E9 6c/7a) Peak District

Joe Heeley climbing the FA of Eyes Wide Shut (E9 6c/7a) at Dovedale Crag in the Peak District.

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Jacopo Larcher on Rhapsody, Scottish E11 7a

Jacopo Larcher on Rhapsody, Scottish E11 7a

In May 2016 Jacopo Larcher made the fifth ascent of Dave MacLeod's "Rhapsody" (E11 7a - 5.14b/c R), at Dumbarton rock.

Naked Edge - Chasing The Speed Record (Rab)

Naked Edge - Chasing The Speed Record (Rab)

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.

Tom Randall - Obsession (Rab Commitment series)

Tom Randall - Obsession (Rab Commitment series)

Tom Randall is a modern day institution in the world of British climbing. Well known for his acquired taste for off-width crack routes, Tom consistently sets himself the highest standards and the hardest lines. For Tom, climbing is all-consuming, but this hasn't always been the case. In "Obsession" Tom provides a unique insight into his formative years spent in a world entirely different to the one we associate him with now, and how he copes with conflicting priorities that are fundamental to his continued happiness and ambitious drive.

Trad climbing - Spain - Joyas de Granito

Trad climbing - Spain - Joyas de Granito

Original routes in our friend granite. Spanish trad and adventure climbing that goes largely ignored by the rest of the world who focus on the country's famous sport crags. "Muerte súbita" ("Sudden death)" 7c+ (5.13a) is a striking corner crack at Sierra de La Cabrera in Madrid, Spain.

Music by:
Vernon Lenoire "Melonade"
TOR: "Moon II", "Drum Therapy"

Trad Climbing Ireland - Through The Green Door - Owey Island

Trad Climbing Ireland - Through The Green Door - Owey Island

Through The Green Door - a wee series of climbing adventures from around Ireland.

Filmed by Michelle O'Loughlin, Craig Hiller, Ricky Bell, Barry MacNeill Two of Ireland's most loved rock climbers Ronan Browner and Pat Nolan climb new and established routes on one of Donegal's most beautiful granite islands.

Filmed by : Michelle O’ Loughlin and Ricky Bell
Music by : The Books - Classy Penguin, Take Time

Chris Schulte - Back to Trad

Chris Schulte - Back to Trad

Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Schulte has spent a lot of time bouldering in Indian Creek over the past few years. He always knew he would come back around to trad climbing, but didn't expect it to happen through bouldering. In a homecoming-kind-of-feeling, Chris comes back around to trad climbing in the Creek, putting up new hard trad lines for the first time in 15 years.

Molly Mitchell - Empowered

Molly Mitchell - Empowered

Featuring Molly Mitchell's new routes, "All Hell Breaks Moose, 5.13 R" and "Dangerous Woman, 5.12 S"

Get to know the face behind the name of this up and coming, brave trad climber!

Special Thanks To: Pamela Shanti Pack, Pat Kingsbury, Mad Rock

Climber: Molly Mitchell

Director: George Bruce Wilson

Camera men: Austin Tucker, Derrick Lytle, George Bruce Wilson

Edit: George Bruce Wilson

Music: Ryan Taubert - Pioneer. Find him on TheMusicBed.com

Produced By: Three Peak Films

5 Pillars - Tasmania with Katha Saurwein and Jorg Verhoeven (Marmot)

5 Pillars - Tasmania with Katha Saurwein and Jorg Verhoeven (Marmot)

Marmot PROs Jorg Verhoeven and Katha Saurwein visit Tasmania, Australia to sample the best sea stack rock formations in the world. Jorg and Katha climb the classic Totem Pole, Moai, Pole Dancer, Pole Axed, and Albert's Tomb, successfully ticking the Tasmania #lifelist box. Produced by Louder Than Eleven (www.lt11.com)

Sean Villanueva-O-Driscoll - The Stories We Wear (Patagonia)

Sean Villanueva-O-Driscoll - The Stories We Wear (Patagonia)

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.

Sonnie Trotter | First free ascent of Ewbank Route on Tasmania's Totem Pole (Five Ten)

Sonnie Trotter | First free ascent of Ewbank Route on Tasmania's Totem Pole (Five Ten)

The Tasmanian classic went at 27 (or 5.12d in Yosemite terms), and Planet Mountain wrote: "the two climbers were the first to point out that their style could be greatly improved upon as they freed the individual pitches over separate days, and pitches 2 and 3 were separated by a hanging belay. Those aspiring to climb the line in a single push should be aware that the route takes fiddly gear, is run-out, and solid for the grade. Any takers?"

Well as it turns out, this description is exactly what appealed to our athlete's Sonnie Trotter and Will Stanhope. Both climbers are well known for seeking out beautiful and spicy lines around the world and "The Tote" (as it's often called) would be no exception. Watch, as these two climbers explore this rugged peninsula and Trotter takes down the nearly 200-foot pencil like pillar via the Ewbank Route, 5.13b R.

Alex Honnold Flashing the Dark Side E8 6c

Alex Honnold Flashing the Dark Side E8 6c

Alex Honnold calmly flashing The Dark Side, E8 6c on the Fairhead Meet 2016.

Nina Williams and Helen Sinclair || Sky High - The Rostrum | adidas Outdoor

Nina Williams and Helen Sinclair || Sky High - The Rostrum | adidas Outdoor

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...

Molly Mitchell - FA of Spoiled Moose 5.13 R

Molly Mitchell - FA of Spoiled Moose 5.13 R

First Ascent of a 5.13 R rated route in Boulder Canyon. A variation/extension of an existing route in Boulder Canyon called “The Spoils”.

Summer Layering - Rock Climbing in the Peak District

Summer Layering - Rock Climbing in the Peak District

The gritstone crags of the Peak District may not be the biggest, but the exposed moors and valleys around them provide little shelter from prevailing weather. Regularly alternating between high ac...

Summer Layering - Alpine Climbing in Chamonix

Summer Layering - Alpine Climbing in Chamonix

The snowy peaks of the Mont Blanc massif attract alpinists from around the world. To thrive they need a lightweight, technical clothing system. Weight is at a premium when all equipment has to be c...

Frank and the Tower (Duct Tape then Beer)

Frank and the Tower (Duct Tape then Beer)

The first time REI member Frank Sanders saw Devils Tower was in the sudden brilliance of a lightning strike. It sent a wave of anxiety through him, but the next day he climbed The Tower. Forty three years later, he?s repeated that act more than 2,000 times and learned a thing or two about about going up and not growing old. Learn more about Frank and the film: blog.rei.com/climb/the-making-of-frank-and-the-tower/

Tommy Caldwell Digs Deep On Slippery, Ice-Covered Crack Climb

Tommy Caldwell Digs Deep On Slippery, Ice-Covered Crack Climb

How do you push some of the world's best climbers to their breaking points? Add ice to an already burly crack climb. The conditions might have seem perfect as our four climbers arrive at the summit of Chamonix's Aiguille du Midi, but on the rock, the reality is very different. Melting ice has trickled its way down the classic crack climb 'Enfer du Decor' (7b+), transforming the already stout challenge into a cold, slippery nightmare. Undeterred and with teeth firmly gritted our teams abseil in to give the line their best attempt. After a hard-fought but ultimately unsuccessful attempt on the route from Emily, Tommy steps up. The wet, treacherous conditions test both his determination and his climbing ability but after a hard-fought grapple with the granite splitter he makes it to the belay. While he and Emily continue to the summit by the easy, finishing pitch, Alex and Hazel get started on the route. Hazel's vast climbing experience would normally put this route easily within her reach, but the unwelcoming conditions put it just beyond her on this occasion. The pair battle their way to the summit with a combination of dogged determination and some unconventional crack climbing techniques from Alex. With the route complete and both teams stood atop the summit of Chamonix's most famous peak, only one task remains, deciding who goes home with the Epic Climber trophy. Director: Alan Sim Producer: Donna Saarentola Tommy Caldwell Digs Deep On Slippery, Ice-Covered Crack Climb

BD athlete Mason Earle makes the FFA of Psycho Bitch (5.13b) in Yosemite

BD athlete Mason Earle makes the FFA of Psycho Bitch (5.13b) in Yosemite

Black Diamond athlete and crack climbing maestro Mason Earle spent a stint in Yosemite Valley last year, where he managed to make the first free ascent of an old project on Schultz's Ridge.

Time is the Master

Time is the Master

In December 2014, Eric Bissell, Billy Brown, Jose Ramon Zea and Alfredo Zubillaga ventured to Venezuela??s Acopan Tepui, where they found thick jungle, bad rock, good rock and a striking new 20-pitc...

Iceland | Climbing by the Sea

Iceland | Climbing by the Sea

Part I. Tim Emmett and Dawn Glanc's expedition to Iceland complete with the unique experience of first ascents.; 3 Strings Productions

Diego Se?oret climbing in the Torres del Paine | Chile | adidas Outdoor

Diego Se?oret climbing in the Torres del Paine | Chile | adidas Outdoor

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...

Climb Beluga - An Arc'teryx Film

Climb Beluga - An Arc'teryx Film

Paul McSorely, Tony Richardson, Joshua Lavigne and Crosby Johnston travel to the remote Baffin Island with the goal of a first ascent of the North Face of the Beluga Spire. Prior to even leaving fo...

Climb Italy | Rock Slave Elba Discovery (Tuscany)

Climb Italy | Rock Slave Elba Discovery (Tuscany)

Climb Italy - Rock Slave - Elba Discovery (Tuscany) Come follow the Rock Slave boys in their quest for pristine rock and first ascents.

Four days in beautiful Isola d'Elba (Tuscany, Italy) to discover and disclose its massive bouldering and trad climbing potential.

With: Luca Andreozzi, Martina Blanchet, Federica Mingolla, Alberto Gotta, Alessandro Palma, Marzio Nardi, Adriano Trombetta.

Soundtrack by:
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Lorenzo Bona

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BMC TV || Stonnis - The Dark History of Black Rock

BMC TV || Stonnis - The Dark History of Black Rock

Climbers have been coming to Black Rocks, once known as Stonnis, for 125 years. They've always found the climbing desperate and they've always said that they'd never come back. This is a film about those who do return and the special routes that make them glad that they did.

Filmed over the course of a year by Mike Cheque chequepictures.com.

Includes palm-sweat-inducing footage of Mark Rankine on the Dawes classic Gaia E8: "I had all these sequences written down and they all just went out the window. I couldn't get any of them to work."

Climb Australia || Wolgan Pillar

Climb Australia || Wolgan Pillar

It's been Kyle's dream of 25 years to be the first to summit a remote unclimbed pillar in the Australian Wilderness. Over 5 years, Kyle along with various climbing partners, attempted to climb this remote pillar. After each failure they inched closer to their goal to reach the summit.

Natalie Berry || Transition (Hot Aches Productions)

Natalie Berry || Transition (Hot Aches Productions)

Natalie Berry is one of the UK's leading female sport and competition climbers. After discovering climbing by chance at the age of 8, she went on to compete with the GB Climbing Team all over the world and has numerous podium places in both lead climbing and bouldering.

As well as her success as a competition climber, Natalie is also one of the top female sport climbers in Britain, being one of only a handful of British women to have climbed the grade of 8b.

Despite having lived in Scotland all her life, home to some of the best traditional and winter climbing in the world, she has yet to venture into the mountains so close to home.

Now wishing to further her experiences Natalie plans to take up traditional climbing, winter mountaineering and skiing. Acting as mentor and climbing partner through this process is Scottish all round climber Dave Macleod.

‘Transition’ follows Natalie over the course of a year as she takes her first exploratory steps into a new world, closely following the highs and lows of the pursuit of a life in the mountains

James Pearson || Redemption: The James Pearson Story

James Pearson || Redemption: The James Pearson Story

Best Climbing Film – Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Best Climbing Film -Mountain Film Festival Domžale

Redemption: The James Pearson Story tells the controversial story of one of the World's best trad climbers, England's James Pearson. After a dramatic rise to become one of the top climbers in the UK, controversy surrounding the grading of his routes left him feeling ostracised from the climbing scene. The film tells James' story and follows his return to the UK as he faces his demons and looks to redeem his place within the UK climbing community.

James Pearson + Caroline Ciavaldini || Rocklands: A trad diary

James Pearson + Caroline Ciavaldini || Rocklands: A trad diary

In June 2014, Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson set off to discover Trad In Rocklands. Originally in search of hard, “cutting edge” new routes, what the couple discovered is perhaps even more valuable! An almost unlimited potential for Trad development, with 1,000’s of new routes to climb! In three weeks the pair barely scratched the surface, but if one thing was clear, it was that this amazing place, a place we all thought we knew, has so much more to give

Dave MacLeod - Disco 2000, 8a+ Blåmman

Dave MacLeod - Disco 2000, 8a+ Blåmman

Dave MacLeod, Jacob Cook and Calum Muskett making the first free ascent of Disco 2000 on Blåmman, near Tromso in the northern part of Norway. The pitches were 7b, 8a+, 7a, 8a+, 7c, 7c, 7b+, 7a, 7a, 6a, 6c, 6b+, 5+ and was freed over three days, after aid climbing and working the lower part of the route.

Tom Randall || The Final Round

Tom Randall || The Final Round

Tom Randall on the first ascent of The Final Round (8a+/b, HXS) at Ilam Rock, Dovedale. The route is the hardest traditional route on limestone in the Peak District for many years, despite it being one of the busiest climbing areas in the world.

Crack climbing || Altiplano, South America

Crack climbing || Altiplano, South America

Steve Mcclure | Choronzon E10 Second Ascent

Steve Mcclure | Choronzon E10 Second Ascent

BMC ambassador and all-round rock wad Steve McClure travels to Pembroke to make the second ascent of the mighty Choronzon (E10 7a).

Dave MacLeod || Can and Will

Dave MacLeod || Can and Will

Short documentary featuring climber Dave MacLeod. Sponsored by Landrover.

Katy/Pete Whittaker | Committed (Hot Aches vol 2)

Katy/Pete Whittaker | Committed (Hot Aches vol 2)

Committed Volume II showcases five of Britain's best climbers on a spectacular array of hard routes; the terrifying Walk of Life, one of Scotland's toughest winter routes; gritstone's best "last great problem", the youngest female ascent of an E7 and the world's maddest mantel; it's all here:

Films include:
Grit Kidz - A film about Katy and Pete Whittaker
The All Rounder - Profile of Scottish all round climber Dave MacLeod
Rhapsody 3 - Steve McClure on Rhapsody
The Groove - James Pearson's first ascent of The Groove (E10) at Cratcliffe
The Walk of Life - James Pearson's first ascent of The Walk of Life (E12)

Hazel Findlay | The Secret To Freeing El Cap

Hazel Findlay | The Secret To Freeing El Cap

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.

Review courtesy of GirlClimber.com.

Cedar Wright || Last of a Dying Breed of Climber

Cedar Wright || Last of a Dying Breed of Climber

This Guy Is the Last of a Dying Breed of Climber | Cedar Wright Climbing Reels, ep. 5 (Epic TV)

Adidas Outdoors/Peztl | Rio Loa: Climbing in Chile

Adidas Outdoors/Peztl | Rio Loa: Climbing in Chile

Expedición al Rio Loa realizada el año 2013 junto a los escaladores nacionales Juan y Diego Señoret en un nuevo sector de escalada tradicional con fizuras perfectas de dedos, manos y puños. Largos de 15 a 30 metros de gran calidad. Este sector esta ubicado en San Pedro de Atacama, cerca de la localidad de Taira.

Alex Honnold | Unearthed (North Face)

Alex Honnold | Unearthed (North Face)

Alex Honnold proposed an expedition idea to go traditional climbing down the Green River in Utah. The terrain was mostly virgin, so the objective was to establish new routes in a remote area.

Alex Honnold a.k.a "No Crack Stands a Chance" made the most of every opportunity on his trip to the Green River, Utah with fellow athletes Daniel Woods, Matt Segal, and Renan Ozturk.

Green River, Utah is well known for it’s world-class crack climbing and beautiful walls. The North Face athletes, Alex Honnold, Daniel Woods, Renan Ozturk and Matt Segal took a close-to-home trip last month to explore the area and teach Daniel, one of the world’s best boulderers, a thing or two about what it means to trad climb.

Daniel Woods | Unearthed (North Face)

Daniel Woods | Unearthed (North Face)

Alex Honnold proposed an expedition idea to go traditional climbing down the Green River in Utah. The terrain was mostly virgin, so the objective was to establish new routes in a remote area. Matt Segal hinted that I should join in and try something new (I had never trad climbed before). I was intrigued by the idea, so I decided to go. The crew consisted of Alex, Matt, Renan Ozturk, Taylor Reese, John Dickey, and Celin Serbo. I had a feeling this was going to be a good adventure into the unknown.

Green River, Utah is well known for it’s world-class crack climbing and beautiful walls. The North Face athletes, Alex Honnold, Daniel Woods, Renan Ozturk and Matt Segal took a close-to-home trip last month to explore the area and teach Daniel, one of the world’s best boulderers, a thing or two about what it means to trad climb.

Adam Ondra Visits The Peak District

Adam Ondra Visits The Peak District

Adam Ondra visits The Peak as part of the La Sportiva weekend. Onsighting Masters Edge, Balance It Is, The Knock and Messiah.

Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall - Century Crack 5.14b (Hot Aches Productions)

Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall - Century Crack 5.14b (Hot Aches Productions)

Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall - Century Crack 5.14b (Hot Aches Productions)

Border Lands and Big Walls (Mountain Hardware)

Border Lands and Big Walls (Mountain Hardware)

Fear. It's present on so many of the expeditions that we take into the mountains. Pushing past this fear to achieve our goals leads to some of the most rewarding experiences we can have. In the su...; Fear. It's present on so many of the expeditions that we take into the mountains. Pushing past this fear to achieve our goals leads to some of the most rewarding experiences we can have.; In the su...

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall | No Sleep Till Bakewell

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall | No Sleep Till Bakewell

Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker as they attempt 125 climbs, 22 mile run and 0 sleep all in 24hrs.

Having trained their bodies for years, the two elite climbers have tackled some of the hardest climbs on the planet, specialising in a painful style known as crack climbing. Nicknamed the ‘WideBoyz’ for their skills in ‘off-width’ crack climbing - one of the most difficult types of cracks to master, the duo are constantly on the lookout for new challenges.

Hazel Findlay | Spice Girl. First Female E9

Hazel Findlay | Spice Girl. First Female E9

This is the film Hazel is probably best known for, which follows her training and subsequent ascent of One Upon A Time in the Southwest, near Devon, which marked the first ever British E9 climbed by a female climber. As she admits herself, it is the kind of route where you just think: "It's best to just not fall!". Hazel works the route with her own father belaying her, and even watching it on video is scary! This is an excerpt from the film, which made it into the prestigious REEL ROCK 8 Film tour.

Review courtesy of GirlClimber.com.

 Trad-Climbing || Augmentium

Trad-Climbing || Augmentium

The story of Squib Climbing the First Ascent of Augmentium (30, 8a+) in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania.

Skye Wall

Skye Wall

They had planned to go back the next week, but three years after their initial visit, a climbing team returns to Skye Wall near Loch Coruisk to attempt the second ascent of its eponymous E8 route.

Pete Whitaker - Dynamics of Change E9 - (Hot Aches - Now That's What I Call a First Ascent)

Pete Whitaker - Dynamics of Change E9 - (Hot Aches - Now That's What I Call a First Ascent)

Pete Whitaker - Dynamics of Change E9 - (Hot Aches - Now That's What I Call a First Ascent)

James Pearson || Elder Statesman, HXS 7a, Peak District

James Pearson || Elder Statesman, HXS 7a, Peak District

A short film of Wild Country sponsored climber James Pearson on the 3rd ascent of the bewildering and beguiling testpiece Elder Statesman at Curbar Edge, in the Uk's Peak District.

James filled us in about the ascent: "Elder Statesman was a fantastic route, if a little disjointed. Its a great test of precision, technique, and co-ordination, in a wild and exposed position. Safe enough not to have to worry, but bold enough to give your mind the edge and make you pull that little bit more.

As it turns out one of the original foot holds has broken off since Steve McClure and Steve Dunning's ascents (the reason of my unexpected troubles in the first part), and the rumour was that it might not be possible any more. I hope my ascent reminds people of its existence, and inspires them to go and have some fun on one of the wildest routes around!

Cedar Wright and Matt Segal - North Face China Trad climbing

Cedar Wright and Matt Segal - North Face China Trad climbing

Cedar Wright and Matt Segal meet some friends in China for China's first ever Trad Climbing Festival.

Sean Villanueva-O'Driscoll Climbs in Fair Head, Ireland

Sean Villanueva-O'Driscoll Climbs in Fair Head, Ireland

Sean Villanueva-O'Driscoll heads to Ireland, his mother's homeland, to climb Where the Grass is Green. A ground-up onsight attempt last year turned into a major epic, now he's back to tackle the bold lines of Ireland's coastal cliffs once again.

Tom Randall - 2nd ascent Appointment with Death, E9, 6c

Tom Randall - 2nd ascent Appointment with Death, E9, 6c

Earlier this year Tom Randall succeeded in making the second ascent ascent of Sam Whittaker's Wimberry masterpiece, Appointment with Death, E9 6c. The route had stood unrepeated for around 10 years; its location on the wild Wimberry buttresses, combined with the difficult nature of the pebble pulling climbing (and maybe the name) had put people off.

Tom writes about the day: "Often when you go out with friends at the crag, one or maybe two of you come away something really ballsy in the bag. It's just the way it works out. One of you mops up the collective pysche and cashes in, whilst the others are often happy to support and wait their turn some other day. When myself, Pete and Nathan Lee headed up to Wimberry we all had projects that we vaguely hoped we might climb that day, but it all depended on time, temperatures, sequences and luck. By the end of the day though, the planets had aligned and somehow all three of us had succeeded. It’s strange looking back on the day now and it seems with retrospect that as each person succeeded, that made the next person even more motivated and committed. It was like a tsunami of positive gritstone force was rushing up the Wimberry slopes to push gravity the other way. Walking back down to the car park in the evening, the collective haul was the 3rd ascent (solo) of Order of the Phoenix by Nathan, the 2nd ascent of Appointment with Death by me and the 1st ascent of the Wimberry Prow project by Pete."

Andy Parkin || Beyond Good and Evil

Andy Parkin || Beyond Good and Evil

"In the house of pain, we were chained together searching for our truth, beyond good and evil". This quote from Nietzsche inspired Andy Parkin and Mark Twight, the openers of this mixed climbing route, that became a reference. Listed extremely difficult, North oriented, this route was appealing for François Damilano and François Marsigny, the repeaters of the route. Last winter, it was time for the up-and-coming generation, represented by Marion Poitevin and Sébastien Ratel to meet the challenge. Three duos, three experiences, three encounters… echoing the Trilogy alpine series

Pete Whittaker || 1st ascent Baron Greenback, E9/1

Pete Whittaker || 1st ascent Baron Greenback, E9/1

Pete Whittaker's ascent of Baron Greenback, E9/10 7a, at Wimberry in May of this year was not only one of 2013's best ascents but resulted in one of the Uk's hardest routes, period.

Cementing Pete's status as a "gritstone God" after plenty of hard first ascents and repeats, including the phenomenal "Dynamics of Change" at Burbage South, Pete felt that Baron Greenback even put that into the shade. "Baron Greenback" is the hardest thing I've done on grit and an accumulation of everything I've learnt climbing on gritstone, along with a bit of consistant training on some weaknesses. I'm very very pleased to have done this route. First ascents are always more special to me then repeats."

Not only that it's a proud line and as Tom says "I think it's up there with all of the hardest routes on grit. It's a very special route indeed, if you’re talking about cool, asthetic, big and hard lines."

In this video we get to witness the first ascent of "the Baron" and check out the difficulty of this incredibly steep gritstone prow that Pete says "in sport climbing grades must be around the solid 8b mark."

In a magical day Pete, Tom and Nathan Lee managed a new E9/10, repeated a 10 year old E9 for the first time and got the fourth ascent of a very bold E8. As Tom says "The atmosphere was amazing that day. Everyone wanted to do their projects and everyone was supportive of the other people. It was actually pretty good fun considering how serious it might have actually been."

Discover more videos featuring Pete and Tom, including an interview about that day and Baron Greenback, by clicking on their profile images one the right.

Big Wall climbing - India, region of Kinnaur.

Big Wall climbing - India, region of Kinnaur.

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

Arctic Dreams

Arctic Dreams

In June 2012, four very excited South Africans and one grumpy Scottish sea dog set sail for the adventure of their lives. After crossing the Atlantic from Scotland, the team did several big wall climbs on the west coast of Greenland and north coast of Baffin Island. The most notable ascent was Improbability Drive on Impossible Wall in Greenland, a new free route that took nine days of continuous living on the wall to complete. The team then spent another 3 months on Dodo's Delight (their 33ft fiberglass sailboat) winding their way through the Arctic islands of Northern Canada to complete the Northwest Passage to Alaska. The project is sponsored by First Ascent Clothing, Beal, Black Diamond and Saltic, Mountain Club of South Africa, Gina Watkins Memorial Trust, Shipton Tillman Goretex Award, Clif Bar, Vega Products and Five Ten.

Pete Whittaker || 1st Ascent of Psychosomatic Pige

Pete Whittaker || 1st Ascent of Psychosomatic Pige

Unreformed grit terrorizer Pete Whittaker declares the 2012/3 grit season open with the first ascent of a worrying line at the back cornerof Burbage's dankest quarry. In less than ideal conditions, with wet streaks covered with towels to stop seepage and on a 25 degree day (hence the wait until near dark for the ascent) Pete casually dispatches yet another gnarler!!

Nice to see Pete back and on form after a two month virus which stopped our intrepid hero from walking upstairs without being out of breath!!

Trad climbing || Tales of Lakeland Climbing

Trad climbing || Tales of Lakeland Climbing

"Islands: Traditional Tales of Lakeland Climbing" is a three part film which gives an insight into the world of hard traditional ascents in the birthplace of rock climbing, the English Lake District.

"Islands" features fantastic footage of first ascents and hard repeats of routes from E6 (5.12c) to E9 (5.13c) by Wild Country and Red Chili climbers Adam Hocking and James McHaffie, as well Lakes stalwarts Mike Przygrodzki and Stuart Wood. It also features interviews and commentaries from Lakes legend and Wild Country climber Dave Birkett and the indefatigable Leo Houlding.

Premiered at Kendal film festival to great acclaim Islands is a sensitive and cinematic documentary film, that represents the Lakes and it’s characters in a simple and poignant way.

And with sport climbing and bouldering gaining popularity, this film provides a deep and sometimes comical perspective on the great British trad climbing tradition.

James Pearson onsights a handful of E8s

James Pearson onsights a handful of E8s

James Pearson onsights a handful of E8's and repeats Muy Caliente E10 in Pembroke, Wales.

Climbing and highlining the Totempole

Climbing and highlining the Totempole

Climbing and highlining the Totempole, Tasmania

Mountain Hardwear: The Mountain ACademy

Mountain Hardwear: The Mountain ACademy

Mountain Hardwear Europe offers a one of a kind program that teaches candidates to become mountaineers. Professionally trained and outfitted, these candidates scour Europe climbing a variety of ter...; Mountain Hardwear Europe offers a one of a kind program that teaches candidates to become mountaineers. Professionally trained and outfitted, these candidates scour Europe climbing a variety of ter...

Dave MacLeod The Walk of Life E9

Dave MacLeod The Walk of Life E9

Dave MacLeod working and leading The Walk of Life E9 6c, Devon

Sender Films || The Sharp End

Sender Films || The Sharp End

Enter the danger zone with the worlds' best climbers, including Alex Honnold, Dean Potter, Steph Davis, Lisa Rands, Chris McNamara, Ammon McNeely, Renan Ozturk, Cedar Wright and others, as they push the barriers of free soloing, high-ball bouldering, hard trad climbing, extreme big-wall aid, wingsuit BASE flying, high lining and tower jumping in the wildest spots on earth.

Dave MacLeod - Rhapsody, E11 - Now That's What I Call a First Ascent (Hot Ache Productions)

Dave MacLeod - Rhapsody, E11 - Now That's What I Call a First Ascent (Hot Ache Productions)

Presented by Mountain Equipment -http://www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

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Drawn

Drawn

What does it mean to “see”? Shapes and shadows? Lines and color? When his friend dies in an avalanche, artist, rock-climber and dad Jeremy Collins goes to the ends of the earth to find closure and “see” his way up four new climbs. Drawn follows the journey from death to life while Collins goes North, South, East and West enduring challenge after challenge told in his trademark hybrid style of hand crafted animation meets on the fly live action.

Hazel Findlay Does Australia

Hazel Findlay Does Australia

Hazel Findlay and Cedar Wright climb heady routes, such as Final Departure (5.12d), in the Arapiles and Grampians of Australia. (Rock and Ice)