Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

Using Rock Climbing to Rise Above Hurricane Maria’s Devastation

Last September, when Hurricane Maria ripped across Puerto Rico, the island was forced to recover from the unimaginable. Devastation was left in the wake of the storm’s torrential rainfall and sheer winds, leaving Puerto Ricans to rebuild with little or no access to electricity, clean drinking water, and fuel.

For local climbing guide Bryant Huffman, he never imagined that the recovery would never require his skills as a climber. After the storm had passed, Huffman quickly began clearing strewn trees blocking essential roadways. He grabbed his old climbing rope to aid the process, and instead of roping in for a multi-pitch, Huffman was tying knots to haul giant logs.

Bouldering skills even served useful when the streets were filled with water so contaminated it could cause infection if those on the island came into contact with it. The climbers traveled through the streets on kayaks performing rescue mission, scaling the sides of buildings to help evacuate local residents.

Huffman and his team of fellow climbers/arborists have yet to gain any sense of normalcy, and are still working full 12-hour days, six days a week clearing roadways. However, one thing that Maria hasn’t taken from Huffman or his team is their spirit, which is a testament to the resilience of those living in Puerto Rico in the wake of the brutal storm.

Play
READ THE STORY
Through Loopholes, You Too Can be an Olympian
Up Next News

Through Loopholes, You Too Can be an Olympian

Through Loopholes, You Too Can be an Olympian

Liz Swaney may not be hitting the Olympic halfpipe as hard as the other Olympic skiers, but she’s definitely living her life at full send. Her score in the women's ski halfpipe qualifiers wasn't groundbreaking—a mere 31.40—but what is compelling is the full life this 33-year-old has had.  Considering she’s already ran for Governor against Arnold Schwarzenegger in California, attended both Harvard and Berkley, and tried out for the Oakland Raiders cheer team: Swaney is fazed by nothing.  This

Play
READ THE STORY
Chloe Kim, Shaun White Absolutely Slay the Olympic Halfpipe
Up Next Snowboard

Chloe Kim, Shaun White Absolutely Slay the Olympic Halfpipe

Chloe Kim, Shaun White Absolutely Slay the Olympic Halfpipe

Yesterday was nothing short of pure domination by the American snowboarding team in the Olympic Halfpipe. On her Olympic debut in the women's snowboard halfpipe final, Chloe Kim set the standard early by dropping an impressive 93.75 score on her first run. A score so solid, that none of the other competitors could match it by her final run.  Having already won gold, Kim let loose with a victory lap for the ages, one-upping herself, by landing a frontside 1080 into a cab 1080

Play
READ THE STORY
Lindsey Vonn Gets Emotional After Taking Bronze in Downhill
Up Next News

Lindsey Vonn Gets Emotional After Taking Bronze in Downhill

Lindsey Vonn Gets Emotional After Taking Bronze in Downhill

In what she said would “most likely” be her final Olympic downhill race, Lindsey Vonn took home the bronze medal. According to Eurosport, with Mikaela Shiffrin opting to skip the event, Vonn was the favorite to win. Previously, Vonn claimed Olympic downhill gold at Vancouver 2010, but was sidelined from Sochi 2014 due to torn ligaments in her right knee. PyeongChang was the last opportunity in her racing career to repeat in the event. Chasing after Italian Sofia Goggia’s time of 1:39.22, the