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The 10 Most-Viewed Climbing Videos of 2016

The most popular climbing videos of the year, as chosen by the eyeballs of our readers.

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#10 Slow Moments: 2016 Vail Bouldering World Cup Highlights

“June 11th, 2016 the Bouldering World Cup made it’s way to Vail, Colorado. The GoPro Mountain Games provided a high alpine venue for the worlds best boulderers to show off their skills. Louder Than Eleven was on hand to capture some rare slow motion moments that are often overlooked. Please enjoy our interpretation of high end competition rock climbing in slow motion.”

For a full recap of the comp, check out Mascarenas, Fujii Take Bouldering World Cup Gold in Vail.

#9 Cat Sends Gym Boulder Problem

Cats have a natural inclination to sleep at the tallest point in any given space, even if they have to climb V1 to get there. The Internet loves cats, so it’s no surprise this made the list.

#8 Tom Randall Climbs V13 Roof Crack: The Kraken

“I don’t have any doubts about it being the hardest crack boulder in the world. At all.”

From Century Crack (5.14b) to Cobra Crack (5.14) to Pura Pura (5.14c), Tom Randall has dedicated his time to dispatching the most-challenging crack routes. If he thinks The Kraken is the hardest crack in the world, it just might be. Read his report on his blog, Tom Randall Climbing.

#7 Adam Ondra Works Possible 5.15d Project

Adam Ondra works the inverted crux moves on Project Hard in Norway’s Flatanger Cave, which requires mono finger locks and figure-4s. Flatanger is also home to Ondra’s Change, which was the first 5.15c/9b+ in the world.

#6 Chris Sharma Sends Catalán Witness the Fitness (V15)

Watch Chris Sharma climb a tunnel-like, horizontal roof problem at Cova de l’Ocell, north of Barcelona. Sharma had been working on the problem off and on for at least a month before the send. See our original news report about the ascent, Sharma Sends Wild Roof Boulder.

#5 Magnus Midtbø’s Hardcore Training Routine

Pinky pull ups

"The most consecutive pinky pull ups is 16 and was achieved by Maibam Itomba". – Guinness World RecordsI saw this and decided I had to give it a try! Im sure there are people out there who could do even more. I will link to the record holders video in a comment below. I might need to be more strict on straight arms etc. But if I actually spent some time training for this I think doubling the world record could be very possible. @magmidt

Posted by Magnus Midtbø on Sunday, April 24, 2016

What do you do when front levers become too easy? Pinky front levers. In this video, 5.15/V14 strongman Magnus Midtbø shows off his incredible climbing strength. Our tendons are still sore from when we first watched this video in April.

#4 Alex Honnold Solos The Complete Scream (E8 6b)

The full, unedited footage of Alex Honnold free soloing a 200-foot route at Fair Head in Northern Ireland. The Complete Scream goes at the British grade of E8 6b, which roughly translates to the mid-5.12 range on the YDS scale.

#3 Alex Honnold Solos Lover’s Leap in Dan Osman Tribute

Yup, our third and fourth most-viewed videos this year both feature Alex Honnold. In this goofier—but still death defying—entry, Honnold reenacts Dan Osman’s legendary speed solo of Bears Reach (5.7) at Lover’s Leap in Tahoe, California. In full-on ’80s attire, Honnold climbed the 400-foot route in 4:15, edging out Osman’s record by 10 seconds.

#2 How to Be a Rock Climber

Want to learn how to become a rock climber? Look no further. This funny tutorial will have you buying your first harness and kombucha growler before you can say “Yosemite Decimal System.”

#1 Chris Sharma Works Possible 5.15d Project: Le Blond

The second possible 5.15d in the list, because we’re all hungry to see the next level of sport climbing difficulty. Like the world’s first 5.15c, Adam Ondra and Chris Sharma are both projecting candidates. Watch as Sharma attempts Le Blond project in Oliana, Spain. The route is located next to La Dura Dura, the world’s second 5.15c. Be sure to check out the absolutely insane crux move at the end. And yes, that is Jason Momoa (aka Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones) that Chris is hanging out with.

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