Chris Sharma, from Santa Cruz, California, is widely hailed as one of the best rock climbers of all time. He first started climbing at age 12, and two years later won his first major competition, a national bouldering event. At age 15, he climbed what was then the hardest route in North America: Necessary Evil (5.14c) in Arizona’s Virgin River Gorge. Since, he has continued to drive the boundaries of difficult sport climbing, including the first ascent of the world’s first 5.15a with Biographie (aka Realization) in Céüse, France. He also established the world’s first 5.15b: Jumbo Loveat Clark Mountain, California. Several of his hardest routes remain unrepeated. Sharma currently lives in Catalunya, Spain, with his girlfriend (and fellow 5.14 climber) Daila Ojeda, and spends his time bolting new routes and working on projects.
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Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra recently provided summaries of their efforts on La Dura Dura in Oliana, Spain, thought to be 5.15c. Their tag-team effort to free the pitch was featured in a film of the same name in the latest Reel Rock Tour.
Joe Kinder learns valuable lessons from Chris Sharma while climbing in Catalunya, Spain.
1/11/13 - This year began with a flurry of V15 ascents by U.S. and international climbers alike.
1/7/13 - Daniel Woods has made the third ascent of Witness the Fitness (V15) in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains.
Chris Sharma on Fight or Flight (5.15b), Perfecto Mundo (project), and on living and climbing in Spain.
On October 5, 2012, Ben Harndon made the third ascent of Chris Sharma's Dreamcatcher (5.14d) in Squamish, British Columbia.
10/30/12 - Adam Ondra has flashed Southern Smoke Direct (5.14d/5.15a) at the Bob Marley Crag in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky.
10/18/12 - Canadian climber Ben Harnden has made the third ascent of Chris Sharma's Dreamcatcher (5.14d) in Squamish, B.C.
With temperatures dropping in northern Spain, Chris Sharma has made quick work of two projects at Margalef. Sharma redpointed La Tierra Negra in La Catedral sector and called it 9a/9a+, or around 514d/5.15a.
Chris Sharma shares his insights and some simple yoga poses to help warm up the body and tune in the mind before climbing.
The Yosemite Valley of Italy
"All travellers who find themselves at Morbegno should give a few hours to the Val Masino… From the rugged peaks and ridges that bound the valley on each side there have fallen fragments of granite, that, exceeding 100 feet in height, are scattered about in wild confusion. We were unanimously of opinion that no valley with which we are acquainted surpasses the Val Masino in grandeur and in variety of natural beauty.” —Edward Shirley Kennedy, The Alpine Journal, 1862
The two strongest climbers in the world. One unclimbed route that could be the hardest ever. Here's an excerpt from the film La Dura Dura, featured in the seventh annual REEL ROCK Film Tour. World premiere happens in Boulder, Colorado, on September 13, 2012.
Chris Sharma and Mark Coleman wrap up prAna's Inside Game series with a talk about mindfulness. After struggling on a tough boulder problem multiple times and eventually topping out, it becomes apparent that a shift in Chris' awareness, energy, and concentration makes all the difference. A great reminder that what we learn from climbing can help influence our approach to cruxes in our daily lives.
8/15/12 - Enzo Oddo has climbed three 5.14d's in a week in his native France.