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These Two Climbers Scaled the Nose of El Cap Naked

Leah Pappajohn Instagram. 

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.

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Throwback: 8 Lessons Learned From A Year Splitboarding On The Road
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Back in 2014, two friends – James Roh and Joey Howell – set in motion plans they'd be dreaming up for years. Namely, to quit their jobs, move into a truck camper together, and spend six months driving all over North America looking for good snow, good times, and a lot of miles logged on their splitboards. We interviewed them at the start of their journey, when they were just getting underway with a stop here in Jackson Hole. RELATED: Get your splitboarding skills up to par at the upcoming

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​Escaping Expectations and Facing Mortality on Pico de Orizaba
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) is Mexico's tallest peak and draws hundreds of climbers to its icy summit every year. We figured, why not try to ski it? Max Ritter photo. Last November my friends Nora, Tom, Max, Elliot, Aidan, and I joined forces south of the border with hopes of skiing some Thanksgiving corn on Pico de Orizaba. At 18,491 feet, Pico de Orizaba is the tallest peak in Mexico and third highest in North America. Most of us hadn't skied much higher than a few 14ers in Colorado and we were eager to see how

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​6 Pieces of Invaluable Backcountry Technology
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The topic of technology comes up again and again between backcountry travelers. Nowadays, with our daily lives revolving around computers and electronic devices, it is understandable that we wish to escape the pull of our devices when we are out in the mountains. However, certain pieces of technology are undeniably helpful to safe backcountry travel. Beacon/Shovel/Probe The holy trinity. It’s as simple as saying, DO NOT go into the backcountry without a working avalanche beacon, shovel, and