From the archive: In Henry Barber's 2008 interview with Mark Synnott, he discusses his philosophy of minimalism and tolerance: "Let’s make sure that we allow these people to be themselves, and not try to make them all the same. This sport has to be different for everybody—it has to be."
Remembering Michael Reardon, the free soloist, husband, father, and free spirit who passed away on July 13, 2007, after being swept away by a rogue wave.
The American climber pushed the boundaries of free soloing and speed soloing, and was a preeminent highliner and BASE jumper.
And what does virtual reality technology mean for the future of climbing film?
“The Soloist VR” is a two-part series (available on Oculus TV) that chronicles Alex Honnold’s free soloing exploits in the Italian Dolomites and the French Alps in the summer of 2021.
We published close to thirty stories this week. Some were digitized versions of our latest print stories. Others were dusted off from Climbing's archives. Still more were original online content. Here are six stories that stood out.
Michael Reardon fell while free soloing... and lived. So Did John Bachar, James Lucas, Doug Heinrich, and Ben Heason. One of the five later died soloing.
Guided by Herman Buhl's famous "truisms," a young John Long gets into a ropeless jam high on Tahquitz Rock.
Did Brad Gobright accomplish more while receiving less than any climber, ever?
Check out Owen Clarke's author page.
On April 11, 2021, 31-year-old climber Josh Ourada fell approximately 150 to 200 feet while free soloing Nutcracker, on the Manure Pile Buttress, Yosemite. Climbing magazine caught up with Ourada in a phone call to find out more details about the accident and to learn how his recovery is going.