The most popular climbing videos (by number of views) of the year on rockandice.com (not counting Weekend Whippers…stay tuned):
10. Alex Megos – Double Demerit (V14)
Alex Megos making quick work of the Sydney, Australia testpiece Double Demerit (V14) at Sunnyside.
9. Of the Rock I Asked for the Moon
Stéphanie Bodet offers a singular and poetic vision of climbing in this short film by Bertrand Delapierre (translated into English by Jeff Arnoldi).
8. Climber Bails Off Evilution Direct Highball
Alex Biale climbs Evilution to the lip (V10)—the beginning to the infamous 55-foot Jason Kehl highball Evilution (V12/13 R) in Bishop, California—and, in the moment, decides to keep going.
“I’ve always wanted to do the direct [a V11, right exit variation to Evilution],” Biale writes in the video description, “but never had the 1) balls or 2) skill set.”
Biale goes for it, following beta sprayed from the crowd below. “Since I’m not quite tall enough to reach the last hold using the standard method, I opted for a micro crystal (two finger crimp) out right to help me gain the last hold. Carlo also used this method but we both felt uncomfortable biting down on the crystal that high off the ground.”
Pulling on the micro crystal, Biale has second thoughts. He opts for the 20+ foot fall onto the pads instead of the 55-foot top out.
“That was my last attempt,” he says.
7. Avalanche Hits Everest Base Camp, April 25
Video footage of the avalanche that stuck Mt. Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015 after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal.
6. The Dawn Wall Push: Days 9 & 10
Footage of Kevin Jorgeson’s ongoing battle with crux Pitch 15 (5.14c) on the Dawn Wall.
5. The Dawn Wall Push: Day 14
Footage of Kevin Jorgeson pulling through Pitch 15.
4. A Line Across the Sky: Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold Complete Fitz Traverse in Patagonia
3. Rock Climber First to Win American Ninja Warrior
Isaac Caldiero, a rock climber from Fort Collins, Colorado, makes history as the first person to win American Ninja Warrior. Caldiero took home the million dollar cash prize.
2. Jan Hojer Training
This video may be two years old, but the second most watched video of the year is Jan Hojer Training.
1. Tommy Caldwell Climbing Pitch 15 of The Dawn Wall
The Dawn Wall. Ever heard of it? No surprise here, with over three times the number of views as the second most watched video, in a league of its own, the number one climbing video this year is Tommy Caldwell Climbing Pitch 15 of The Dawn Wall—footage from Big Up Productions and Sender Films.
The Iceland Trifecta
Possibly the coolest water-ice climbing imaginable—watch Klemen Premrl and Rahel Schelb climb the roof of a clear-blue ice cave. Tim Kemple captures the beauty of Iceland in this short video feature, selected as a Finalist in the 40th Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Check out the Iceland Trifecta photo gallery here
Teton Gravity: The Himaalayas From 20,000 Feet
“The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.” -Teton Gravity Research
Eiger Dreams: Episode 5 – Nerves
On the wall without her climbing partner Carlo Traversi, Sasha DiGiulian second guesses her decision to climb Paciencia (5.13b) on the North Face of the Eiger, Switzerland.
After three weeks of wet conditions, the team set their sights on 20-pitch Magic Mushroom and topped out on August 29.