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  • MOUNTAINEERING / ICE CLIMBING

    Six Climbers Killed In Fall On Mont Blanc

    8/13/14 - A group of climbers was found dead today after being reported missing Tuesday en route on the Aiguille d'Argentière in the Mont Blanc massif. The team was on an outing with the Union Nationale des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air (UCPA), a French nonprofit that makes outdoor trips available to people age 7 to 39. This group contained four men and one woman, between the ages of 27 and 45, and was led by a fully licensed guide. The investigation is still underway, but it's thought that the team summited the mountain, and then fell 820 feet while roped together during the descent. Read More

  • In early August, pro climbers from across the globe made their way to Utah Olympic Park in Park City to face off in the second annual Psicobloc Master's Series. Competitors had to race head-to-head up a 50-foot wall above the 13-foot-deep ski jump-training pool. This unique climbing comp provided an exciting night, full of strong moves, big falls, and close finishes. Here are some highlights. Read More

  • 8/12/14 - Using custom-made 360° camera technology, Mammut has produced a remarkable documentation of the original 1938 Route on the north face of the Eiger. Swiss alpinists Dani Arnold and Stephan Siegrist climbed the route over two days in April, each carrying a 17.5-pound system combining their pack, a six-lens GoPro-designed camera, and extendable boom. Read More

  • "We passed a guy on the second pitch of his route lead belaying himself with a tube-style belay device. He was free climbing from an anchor he’d built and was placing quite a bit of gear. He told us that he just had to grab the brake strand really quick if he fell. He proudly proclaimed that he’d caught himself this way before (and tore up his hands in the process). At the base, his friend, who was wearing a tree-climbing harness, explained that he would be belaying, but his shoulder was bothering him." Read More

  • 8/11/14 - The next time your gym partner says "That's a crappy hold!" she may mean more than size or texture. In a study published this summer in Current Microbiology, researchers found that every gym hold they tested had traces of microorganisms associated with fecal matter. Read More

  • 8/8/14 - Blake Herrington, Colin Moorhead, and Max Tepfer have created a challenging 1,000-foot free climb near the famous Liberty Bell in the Washington Pass area of the North Cascades. The Tiger (11 pitches, 5.12b) has six leads of 5.10+ or harder in a semi-alpine setting. Read More

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  • Semi-Rad: The Fear Factor

    I can’t remember the holds at the beginning of Barbecue the Pope (5.10b) at Smith Rock, just the indecision: I definitely had one more heady move to do before I could clip the first bolt, 20 feet off the deck. I looked down to my right, then to my left, and thought, Wow, that’s actually a really good landing, all things considered. I looked up at the bolt and tried to figure out the move, and then I imagined the results of a fall if my foot slipped. It wasn’t pretty. Read More

  • Ask Answer Man: Can I Wear A POV Camera Without Looking Dorky?

    Don’t: Wear the damn thing like the antenna on those Google Street View cars. You look ridiculous (and could hurt yourself). Do: Get a small tripod and look for unique vantage points from which to film. Read More

  • The Wright Stuff: Dirtbagging Is Dead

    Sound the alarm! We are on the brink of a great tragedy. Climbing has a dying breed in its ranks, a breed upon which the very foundation of our sport was built: the dirtbag. The golden age of climbing is replete with these anti-heroes: Pratt, Chouinard, and Beckey are our dirtier, more destitute Magic, Bird, and Jordan. But now it would seem dirtbag culture is on the brink of extinction; perhaps destined to go the way of the swami belt or the figure eight belay device. Read More