I’ve been hearing about how comp climbing is the future of climbing for as long I’ve been writing about climbing...
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What makes a “good” Weekend Whipper? This, of course, boils down to personal taste. Some like a big, clean fall. Others like to see the climber wearing a helmet. Here is our pick of the best Weekend Whippers of 2014.
“Jolene Kay: Rock Climber” is a high production short that shows an actress leaping and dancing her way up and around some sandstone cliffs. She does not, however, quite pull off the role of “professional rock climber.”
“Well, I use my feet a lot better than you do,” my friend Ben said. Well, he was right. This conversation occurred years ago in France, when I was first experiencing sport climbing. Ben was not simply putting his shoes on the rock carefully, but adding an active element: “You can grab with your feet and pull yourself in,” he said. It’s a lesson I’ve passed to many since then, and is crucial on steep ground.
After seeing photos and social media posts about Norway's Hanshelleren cave by high-end route developer and sport climber Joe Kinder, Rock and Ice took the opportunity to ask him the questions we have always wanted to know about the world's hardest crag.
October 2, around midnight. I was lying in a bunk in the Refuge du Plan de l’Aguille a few thousand feet above Chamonix, France, trying to fall asleep. At 3 a.m. my partner, Shane Johnson, and I were going to get up and try to climb the Frendo Spur, a 4,000–foot route up the Aguille du Midi—a big buttress of granite, snow and ice that tops out at 13,000 feet at a gondola station.