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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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Video: British Kitesurfer Flies 600 Feet Over a Sandspit
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We've seen plenty of videos of kitesurfers getting sketchy amounts of air after inadvertently catching a gust.  However, this is the most air we've ever seen a kitesurfer intentionally seek out.   Related: Bali is Banning Single-Use Plastics in June The man behind this madness, professional kitesurfer Olly Bridge, said that he had been wanting to try this particular jump for a while, begging the question: What other jumps are on his bucket list? View this

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Video: Urban Climbing is Not for the Faint of Heart
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While Alex Honnold might get the fame for his free solos, this crew of young Coloradans pursues their own form of climbing: buildering. Taking full advantage of the urban playground right outside their door, these climbers put up challenging routes where most people look every day but would never think to climb. Boulder-based filming outfit Pop Top Productions documented some of these climbs in their new film , a clever take on the classic climbing film genre. Mix some hair-raising urban free