The Last Tepui, a Disney+ film, streams tomorrow on Earth Day.
The fearless American free soloist brought climbing into the limelight, and upped the risk ante so high it may never be surpassed.
The Ukrainian-born author grew up in the shadow of the Chernobyl disaster. Plagued by childhood sickness he immigrated to the U.S. with his parents where he pulled himself out of poverty, graduated from nursing school and got hooked on climbing, becoming one of the greatest all-around soloists of all time. Alone, he met his match in the High Sierra.
Michael Spitz is remembered as a climber with indomitable grit, someone who was “determined to squeeze the most out of every second of life.”
The Swiss alpinist finished his 10-year project August 15, soloing the North Face of the Petit Dru in one hour and 43 minutes.
Dani Arnold, the fastest alpinist still alive, and his high-stakes quest to smash speed-soloing records.
Decades before John Bachar died in a solo fall, he took John Long on a ropeless "Half Dome": They'd climb 2,000 feet at Joshua Tree—without a rope.
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Ryan Montoya endured two solo, unplanned nights in the Colorado backcountry in winter after a fall near the top of a Colorado 14er