Vertical Presence is a Conscious Rock Climbing series focused on telling the stories of growth and awareness within the vertical world. In this episode, Trans climber Zoey Grinstead shares a conversation about climbing and presence, and what the rock climbing community means for her.
Just a good 'ol victory whip ?
"Cold Feet" is a film by Ash Mulama that follows 21 year-old Kenyan climber, Peter Naituli, in his quest to become the first climber to ascend Point John (4883m) on Mt. Kenya with no rope and no shoes.
“Brassies” are tiny chocks made from—you guessed it— brass. The soft, malleable metal conforms better to the little bumps and undulations inside a crack or constriction when weighted; they usually appear only in the smallest sizes, often as aid-specific pieces. The one thing about brassies? If you do fall on one, it’s pretty easy to get them super-duper stuck.
Adam Ondra tries Perfecto Mundo (9b+/5.15c) is a route in Margalef, Catalonia, Spain. It was bolted by Chris Sharma, first ascended by Alex Megos in 2018. It has received repetitions by Stefano Ghisolfi and Jakob Schubert.
Simon Bischoff climbs Firetail, an absolutely stonking route, on Flinders Island in the middle of Bass Strait. Flinders Island is part of Tasmania, Australia.
In the rarified air of the world’s wildest mountains, alpinist Graham Zimmerman has seen firsthand the effects of human-driven climate change on the world. Despite his own carbon footprint, Zimmerman decided that he must take action in the fight against climate change
"A Young Man's Road" tells the story of Drew Smith, a climber and photographer, as he sets out to explore and climb in Western Montana.