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.
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 made sure to get the shot of him taking that shirt off. Either way, Sharma still crushes.
Climbing is inherently a dangerous sport, and the fact is accidents do happen. Luckily, many popular climbing areas around the US are close enough to major metro areas that SAR teams can respond almost immediately. Last week, a climber was involved in an accident in Eldorado Canyon, a classic climbing area near Boulder, CO. Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was quick to respond, and made a short film detailing what goes into rescue off a vertical rock face. 600 feet of rope, medical equipment, and
Come flying down some whitewater on the Toxaway River, with some nice proper flow! The Toxaway is a true whitewater gem to Western North Carolina and particularly the escarpment. It's going to be hard to forget this rad day out on some massive whitewater!