Nacho Sanchez goes against the grain. Hailing from Spain, best known for its sport climbing, Sanchez prefers his country’s boulders to its in-vogue sport crags. He is not only leading the charge to explore the overlooked blocks of Spain, but he is also pioneering his country’s first and only V15s.
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John Long, who was seriously injured in a fall in a climbing gym two weeks ago, reports that he is on the mend, and has given details about the accident. (Read original report here.) Long says that he will go in for a third surgery on Saturday to have plates installed in his leg, then will have a final operation to graft the wound that resulted from the break.
Earlier this year David Lama, 22, freed the infamous Compressor Route on Patagonia's Cerro Torre. Almost a year later, Lama is showing no signs of slowing down. A recent trip to Trango Tower in Pakistan saw the driven climber testing his reserves at altitude, and he is keen to return to Pakistan next year to take his high standard of free climbing to the Himalayan arena.
They had good luck and bad luck. Dave Mason tore off two fingertips, one when a rope slipped as he brushed a route on rappel, but both he and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, who are just wrapping up their three-month U.S. road trip to Ibex, Joe’s Valley, Bishop, Yosemite and Moab, logged tons of mileage.