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Alex Honnold recently climbed El Cap without the assistance of any ropes or safety equipment. This feat of climbing prowess shook the entire world, with everyone from Jared Leto to Chris Burkard congratulating Alex. More recently the pair of Leah Pappajohn (real name) and Jonathan Fleury climbed the Nose of El Cap naked. They didn't set any speed records but they did become the first to complete the climb in their birthday suits. Pappajohn had this to say on her Instagram:
We Did It!!! @j.fleury and I climbed The Nose naked; the first naked ascent of El Cap! (for you non-climbers out there: "naked" is not a fancy climbing term like "free". It straight-up means I did it without any clothes.) We even broke both of our personal time records on the route: 12hrs exactly! I'm telling ya'll- lightweight is the way to do it!
It's hard to express what I feel after a life dream has been achieved. Yes, I feel some sunburn. I feel a bit sore. I feel proud of myself of course.
Ever wonder what it would take to ski tour for 40 days in a row? Well, seven skiers just set out on an absolute bender of a ski tour: a mission to traverse the Alps east to west. Red Bull’s Der Lange Weg (German for “the long way”) event started this weekend, pitting Tamara Lunger, Núria Picas, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter, Bernhard Hug, and even Jackson’s own Mark and Janelle Smiley against the elements and the limits of the human body on a 1200-mile ski tour. In 1971, four Austrians set
Earlier this week, we reported that two American ski mountaineers and researchers were in deep trouble with the Nepalese government after skiing down part of Everest. The two climbers, Matt Moniz and Willie Benegas, are on Everest to recreate a NASA study exploring how high altitude and stressful environments can impact genetics by taking gene samples on the mountain and comparing them to their twins at sea level. Moniz is a 20-year old Dartmouth college student climbing with experienced
2,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor with her hands jammed into a undercling, the last thing Lynn Hill needed was to lose her footing. It was 1993 and she was in the middle of the Great Roof, a taxing 5.13c pitch of El Capitan’s Nose featuring a granite slab that juts out from the wall. To succeed at this technical section, she had to navigate a nearly featureless rock using only a thin crack in the granite for a hold. Hill now clung to that crack–measuring about a quarter-inch wide–as