The rock climbing world has never been immune to influence from outside parties. A few years ago, we saw that infamous Citibank commercial featuring none other than Alex Honnold and Katie Brown. Now, everybody’s second favorite free-soloist, Chris Sharma, gets the Polo Ralph Lauren Fragrance treatment. Not sure what to think of this, but they really made sure to get the shot of him taking that shirt off. Either way, Sharma still crushes.
About this time of year we should all start reminding ourselves how to travel in the backcountry safely. You may have already been out there or may be anticipating that first run out the gates or setting that first skin track of the season. Whatever the case, we have to temper that excitement a bit with the realization that we probably forgot a bunch of potentially life-saving factoids from the winter previous. As this POV video from Jakob Homolka demonstrates at 1:15, one of those little
Yosemite’s El Capitan is a mountain of the extremes. The 3,000-foot tall Mecca of North American rock climbing has drawn climbers’ attentions since it was first climbed in 1958 by Warren Harding, Wayne Merry, and George Whitmore. It took them 47 days to climb the face via the Nose route, using expedition-style tactics. Two years later, Royal Robbins led a team of climbers up the same route in under a week. By 1975, the route had been climbed in a day, albeit not free. It was not until 1993
American pop culture can be strange, strange beast. Especially when it involves pitting two famous professional skiers against one another in a rap battle on national television. Yep, Gus Kenworthy and Lindsey Vonn spent four minutes spitting fire on TBS’s this past weekend. Tune in for some cringeworthy rapping, some hard-hitting disses, and a guest appearance by Gus’s now-famous puppy. It’s funny and all, but maybe stick to skiing, guys.