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Video: A Gnarly First Ascent On An Ephemeral Colorado Ice Route

Ice climbing is a whole lot more than just swinging ice tools into frozen water: it’s a patient game of chess, waiting for elusive conditions, and then pouncing on an opportunity to climb dreamy (or nightmarish) routes. This fall, in an area high in the alpine in Rocky Mountain National Park outside Estes Park, CO, a small group of adventurous alpinists discovered all-time conditions on routes that had never been climbed before.

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How does one get a first ascent on area so close to civilization? Well, the answer is simple: the routes had simply never formed before. On Longs Peak’s East Face, under the famous wall of rock known as the Diamond, water trickles out of cracks in the rock, and if conditions are just right, it freezes into huge curtains of ice that just barely stick to the rock. For some a frightful nightmare, for others a dream come true.

After scouting conditions for several weeks, climbers Wesley Fowler and Tyler Kempney teamed up with local video wizard Drew Herder to attempt a new route. Climbing the face required some of the boldest climbing ever attempted: the ice was so thin it was unprotectable for long stretches at a time, and with each swing of an ice tool, the climbers risked shattering the whole route and falling off. 

Gnarly climb. Excellent video work!

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FABRIC’s Full Trailer is Here, and it is Fantastic.
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FABRIC’s Full Trailer is Here, and it is Fantastic.

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Robin Van Gyn's latest project is a 5 part docuseries that covers every corner and crevasse of everything you've ever loved. The star studded cast features womxn in the spaces of surfing, skateboarding, art, environmental activism and snowboarding - aiming to illustrate what is possible when sport is leveraged as a vehicle to affect fundamental change. Each episode is centered sound a specific theme: From knowledge and adaptation, activism, cultural heritage and community, that "showcases a

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​VIDEO: Rush Sturges’ New Film Is A Kayak Masterpiece
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​VIDEO: Rush Sturges’ New Film Is A Kayak Masterpiece

​VIDEO: Rush Sturges’ New Film Is A Kayak Masterpiece

If you haven’t already watched Rush Sturges’ latest whitewater film , do yourself a favor and toss it up on the ol’ tube tonight. Chronicling the story of legendary boater Scott Lindgren’s quest to paddle the four great rivers that originate from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash, the film dives deep into his struggle with trauma, addiction, and a life-threatening brain tumor. It’s an exploration of vulnerability within adventure sports culture and a look into mental health in high-stakes

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Green Race Live Stream is BACK!
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Green Race Live Stream is BACK!

First Saturday of November. High Noon. That's right - Green Race is back. One of the gnarliest events in whitewater kayaking takes place this weekend and for the second year in a row, you can watch it right from the comfort of your home on live stream. However, if you happen to be near North Carolina's iconic Green River Narrows, the race is allowing spectators again and it's guaranteed to be a party. Either way, you don't want to miss it. Will this be the year the four-minute mark is broken?