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Video: Urban Climbing is Not for the Faint of Heart

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 Real Rock, a clever take on the classic climbing film genre. Mix some hair-raising urban free solos with some insightful commentary from legends like Tommy Caldwell and Timmy O’Neill, and we’re sure to have one hell of a film.

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The film’s director, Drew Herder, gives a little insight into what it took: “My co-producer Josh and I went to CU Boulder and would builder together between classes for a cheap workout. But soon the lines got bigger and the objectives got scarier, and we realized we could get the same thrills from buildering that we were getting from rock climbing. Eldorado Canyon and the Flatirons became training for the next buildering line, and somewhere along the way we started filming. Our adventures took us to crags in cities all around Colorado, and we even spent a warm winter in Tucson as buildering bums while we waited for the brick of the front range to thaw. The name PopTop Productions comes from the poptop camper that I moved into a few years ago so that we could park at the base of crags in Denver for an alpine start in the morning. This film premiered at Boulder's Adventure Film Festival in October, and the next screening will be at the Flagstaff Film Festival the weekend of February 16th.”

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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: Jeb Corliss Wingsuits the “Death Star Line”
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Video: David Lama Bags Another Gnarly Alpine FA
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If I could be any superhero, I’d be David Lama. The Austrian pro alpine climber is part man, part mountain goat. In a nutshell, he climbs things that other people can’t climb. While most climbers turn their attention to projecting hard routes in the summer, he does the same in winter. Last January, he teamed up with his climbing partner Peter Mühlburger to bag the first ascent of a mind-bending mixed route in Austria’s Valsertal. After four tries, the two finally made it to the top and filmed