On February 6th, Ines Papert and Mayan Smith-Gobat summited Torres Central, in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) via the extremely difficult east face. 25 years after the first ascent of this historic route, this was only the fifth known successful ascent of ‘Riders on the Storm.’ This region is famous for its unstable weather conditions, making it a very challenging place to climb. ‘Riders on the Storm’ was first climbed by Wolfgang Güllich, Kurt Albert, Bernd Arnold, Peter Dittrich and Norbert Bätz in January 1991 during 15 days of climbing over a five-week period. This stunning line on the sheer 1300m east face of Torres Central line went at 7c, A3. The climbing is very varied and demanding, ranging from delicate and runout face climbing to wide cracks and roofs, which were often entirely iced up.
What happens when The North Face climbers Cedar Wright and Matt Segal become absolute bumbling beginners at an obscure and adventurous air sport called paragliding? The Answer: Hilarity ensues. Follow Matt and Cedar on a perilous, beautiful, light hearted, sometimes intense journey to fly off of the highest peak in Mexico with less than a year of experience. Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean you can’t dream big.
It's been a great winter season climbing with Dave Graham, Daniel Woods, Kleman Becan and Matty Hong at one of my favorite spots, Oliana.
Last year I was able to make the first ascent of a hard and beautiful line at Cova De l’ocell near Barcelona called Bon Combat. Its great to see this spot transform into yet another world class sector here in Catalunya!
Check out this awesome clip put together by my good friends Jorge Visser and Riccardo Giancola of some of Adam Ondra's attempts on my route Stoking the Fire 9b in Santa Linya. Congrats Adam for sending this epic line!
Last year with my good friend, mentor and climbing legend Marc Le Menestrel , we bolted a beautiful and savage route in La Cova de l'Ocell called "El Hombre Que No Ama". It's a cool mix of crimpy "old school" climbing mixed with a futuristic vision. I like to call it "Futuristic Old School".
"I've been to some amazing places in my life but Mallorca may top the list as my favorite. When you see this video I think it's pretty easy to understand why. This is some footage taken a few years back exploring the amazing potential on the wild west coast around the village of Soller."
Sonnie Trotter establishing a stunning new route called Castles in the Sky, a five pitch 5.14 on Castle Mountain near Banff, Alberta
Rab® Athlete Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright chase the speed record on Eldorado Canyon's most iconic route, "The Naked Edge" (5.11). With multiple pitches of 5.11 and standing at over 600' tall, this video was shot during an actual speed attempt in which Scott and Brad employ unique tactics to dispense with this classic route and it's complicated descent in less than 30 minutes.
Fresh from the success of completing La Rambla, Jonathan Siegrist moves onto a new challenge: Power Inverter. Nestled in amongst the stunning scenery of Oliana in Catalonia, Spain, Jonathan finds himself getting a bit introspective in the quest to complete one of his hardest projects yet.
A story of two expeditions to two mountains, one in Argentina the other in Chile which despite being a decade apart, had one man common during both trips was Don Whillans, an icon of British climbing in the 50s and 60s whose routes still are test pieces today and ‘one-liners’ most recognized.
Mayan Smith-Gobat and Ben Rueck climbing the route "Welcome to Barbados" in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia. Check out this beautiful and unique place with a great route to climb. Inspired by local Malcom "HB" Matheson it is an adventure that Mayan was looking to experience for a long time.