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Here’s What Goes into A High-Angle Climbing Rescue

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 a team of highly-trained responders later the injured climber was brought to safety.

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This is The Most Fucked Up Rappel You’ll Ever See
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This is The Most Fucked Up Rappel You’ll Ever See

This is The Most Fucked Up Rappel You’ll Ever See

There's not much to say beyond the headline.   Austrian climber Hansjörg Auer was recently out on a solo ice climbing mission when, per his own admission, he got off-route and had to improvise with an incredibly sketchy rappel, looping his climbing rope over a minuscule, barely pronounced rock nose.  "When you're climbing solo, you realize that you got off the route but there is no option anymore to climb up or down?!" Auer wrote on Facebook. "By the way you have no gear except a thin rope,

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WATCH: Ski BASE Jumpers Send it To Another Galaxy off the Rock Springs Buttress near Jackson Hole
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WATCH: Ski BASE Jumpers Send it To Another Galaxy off the Rock Springs Buttress near Jackson Hole

WATCH: Ski BASE Jumpers Send it To Another Galaxy off the Rock Springs Buttress near Jackson Hole

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,

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An Intimate Look at the Latest El Cap Speed Record
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An Intimate Look at the Latest El Cap Speed Record

An Intimate Look at the Latest El Cap Speed Record

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