Earlier this year, Chris Sharma announced he was working on a new deep-water solo project, up a 100-foot tall arch in southern France. The 8b+/5.14a project Pont D’Arc is simply beautiful, stretching out over a river in the middle of the Ardeche Gorge. Sharma talks about his process and the headspace he needs to send these huge, committing climbs. In June, after four days of projecting the route and taking several huge falls, he finally sent it clean, and here's the video of the full ascent.
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
Three things can be learned from this minute-long ski BASE clip. The first, is that if you decide to ski BASE, it doesn't hurt to bring a drone for footage. The second, is that if you need a picturesque locale to send it, the Rock Springs Buttress just beyond the boundaries of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a solid setting. And the third is that every clip is better when set to the music of Run the Jewels. Filmed by Tim Schwartz, the edit includes BASE jumping icons Richard Grove,
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