Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Weekend Whippers

Weekend Whipper: Ground Fall in Brazil

You never want to take a ground fall, but if you do happen to take one, you can't ask for a much softer landing than this.

Lock Icon

Unlock this article and more benefits with 25% off.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

25% Off Outside+.
$4.99/month $3.75/month*

Get the one subscription to fuel all your adventures.


  • Map your next adventure with our premium GPS apps: Gaia GPS Premium and Trailforks Pro.
  • Read unlimited digital content from 15+ brands, including Outside Magazine, Triathlete, Ski, Trail Runner, and VeloNews.
  • Watch 600+ hours of endurance challenges, cycling and skiing action, and travel documentaries.
  • Learn from the pros with expert-led online courses.
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

João Marcos Siqueira Silva sent us this video of a ground fall he took on Kriptonita (5.11d/12a), at Falésia do Zé, Luminosa, Brazil, a crag in the countryside near São Paulo.

João told us, “My 0.3 piece popped out of the rock. I still don’t know exactly why—I fell right there twice, and some friends of mine as well, and it didn’t pop any other times. Maybe I placed it slightly wrong, or I was too confident.”

He said he fell “magically” onto a soft pile of sticks and brush. His only injuries were a couple blisters on his fingers from grabbing onto the rope during the fall.

But neither the shock of the ground fall nor the blisters were enough to deter João. “The cool thing is that I was full of adrenaline and I didn’t want to let my body cool down, so I just taped my blistered fingers and I went back directly onto the route. I did the first ascent of this 5.12a finger crack. It’s an amazing line, 40 meters long. It starts in this finger crack and goes to some overhanging moves and some laybacking at the end.”

Glad you’re okay João and congrats on the first ascent.

Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!


Watch Last Week’s Whipper

Weekend Whipper: Getting Weird on Unpopular Mechanics (5.12c)


CLICK HERE FOR TONS MORE WEEKEND WHIPPERS!