“Starvation is a crazy thing.” Earlier this year, Tommy Caldwell completed the first-ever free climb of the Dawn Wall at El Capitan. But he’d never have gotten there if he hadn’t been taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Here’s his story.
Rock climbing can be divided into a crazy mess of sub-genres: top-roping, sport, trad, and about a thousand too bizarre to name. But they almost all rely on ropes to catch you if you fall. There is, however, another way: severing the nylon umbilical, and climbing rope-free above water instead.
People have gone down the Niagara Falls (which is already nuts) but Red Bull says that ice climber Will Gadd is the first person crazy enough to go up the falls. As in he climbed a damn waterfall. The Niagara Falls was frozen over but Gadd gets impossibly close to the falls and somehow makes it to the top.
After adventuring in some of the world's harshest environments, we went to Thailand to thaw out and drink from coconuts. We wouldn't be laying on beaches though. We were there to experience some of the best sport climbing in the world.
The guy on the left set a new world speed climbing record, scaling the wall in about 5.6 seconds. His name is Danyl Boldyrev and he's from the Ukraine but I'm pretty sure that's Peter Parker on steroids. I mean he basically shoots out of a cannon and reaches the top in no time.
Trees? Sure. Trees are nature's ladders, to a bear. A craggy rock face, on the other hand, seems a taller – and more dangerous – order. But these two black bears handle a cliffside ascent with ease.
Rock climbing is hard. Even for bears. Just watch this cub try to follow his Mama Bear in scaling this mountain side. There are times you think he might fall, there are times he's going down the wrong path but he eventually figures it out. No ropes necessary.
This is one of the coolest buildings I've seen in a long time: a structure designed to turn everyone into Spider-man by allowing people to climb all over its interior and exterior. It kind of feels like a glitch in the Matrix: a computer-generated mountain that needs more polygons and some textures.
For those who participate in rope-centered sports or performing arts, the carabiner is one of the most important items you own. It's what keeps you attached to your rope, and thus, your head attached to your spinal column. But locking carabiners have always been unwieldy and hard to manipulate. Black Diamond wants…
Many sport climbers have entertained the idea of building a climbing wall in their own homes — but few of them ever actually pull it off.
Ensuring its residents are always physically fit, this 3 Way House includes a rock climbing wall in its courtyard that can be used to access its multiple floors and a rooftop patio.
It may not offer the toehold-challenge of traditional rock climbing, but then, traditional rock climbing doesn't usually come with a paycheck. These climbers have been employed to scale huge wind turbines for maintenance, which is green in so many ways.