Land of Maybe - New Film
Jon Clark's first ascent of Fury Road (F8a) at High Tor, Peak District.
'A short video of a brilliant first ascent I did recently in the Peak! It's a line I'd been wanting to do for quite a while, an epic 40m route on High Tor in Matlock. It has quite a 'euro' feel to it with a desperate steep bulge on pockets to a long sustained upper wall. So good! In honour of the infamous adjacent route 'Mad Max' it's called 'Fury Road' (F8a)' - Jon Clark.
The Rab Commitment Series: Ep. 2 - Tom Randall: Obsession
Tom Randall is a modern day institution in the world of British climbing. Well known for his acquired taste for offwidth crack routes, Tom consistently sets himself the highest standards and the hardest lines.
For Tom, climbing is all-consuming, but this hasn't always been the case. In ‘Obsession’ Tom provides a unique insight into his formative years spent in a world entirely different to the one we associate him with now, and how he copes with conflicting priorities that are fundamental to his continued happiness and ambitious drive.
“In all truth, my climbing sits at this slightly higher level in terms of the burning desire of what happens when I get up in the morning. I constantly feel guilty about it. But I do recognise who and what I am.”
The Pommish Invasion: The Candlestick
Three climbers from Lancaster take on the most serious and committing challenge of their lives, climbing The Candlestick. It is a 110m sea-stack next the world famous Totem-Pole, at Cape Huay, Tasmania.
The Rab Commitment Series: Ep. 1 - Libby Peter: Devotion.
Libby Peter is one of the UK’s most respected climbers, with years of experience in expeditions, instructing, coaching and guiding around the world. Throughout her astounding career Libby has been consistently committed to fulfilling her personal and professional objectives, whilst raising her daughters Ruby and Zoe in the climbing hub of North Wales, UK.
In “Devotion” Libby reflects on how - quite unintentionally - climbing has shaped her life. It’s an eloquent and honest perspective that anyone who spends time in the outdoors will be able to relate to. Libby reminds us through her own experiences that the inevitable changes life throws at us are to be embraced, and accepting the unexpected is a part of the journey.
Chris Sharma and action thriller, Point Break - Exclusive interview
World leading climber Chris Sharma has been working as a Free Climbing Technical Advisor on the latest all action thriller Point Break, out in the cinemas now. Here is an exclusive video interview with Chris about his time on the film:
Black Diamond's all new Viper ice tool
Completely redesigned for maximum versatility on the myriad demands of winter climbing, the Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool is an easy-swinging, all-around tool.
Point of No Return
In this film from National Geographic, an elite group of climbers attempts to be the first to measure the height of Hkakabo Razi, in Myanmar (Burma), said to be Southeast Asia’s highest peak. But the challenges they encounter are more than they bargained for. Situated in the largely unexplored Dandalika Range—which has long been overshadowed in mountaineering circles by the loftier mountains of the Himalaya—Hkakabo Razi is something of a forgotten peak.
Meeting Tom Bolger
Following his injury and subsequent recovery, Tom Bolger talks about his chosen lifestyle, evolved entirely around his love for climbing in his home of Margalef, Spain
The Wideboyz - The Recovery Drink
''Last month, Pete and I were invited on a trip to Norway to lecture at the infamous Ballestein Festival. What was even more exciting than the promised crazy Norwegian climbing festival, was the assurance that we’d have time to make a visit to try Nico Favresse’s Recovery Drink on the Profile Wall in Jøssingfjord. As a route suggested to be perhaps the hardest crack on the planet.'
Neil Gresham talks Malham/UK sport climbing and Straight Jacket
Neil Gresham, who returned to active sport climbing in the UK and new routing earlier in the season with the first ascent of Straight Jacket (F8a+) at Malham, has just released a video of his new route and his thoughts on the Malham/UK sport climbing scene.
Ben Moon on the 4th ascent of Rainshadow (F9a) at Malham Cove
A short film by Ben Pritchard of Ben Moon making the 4th ascent of Rainshadow (F9a) at Malham Cove in Yorkshire. Twenty five years on from his first F9a and a few days short of his 49th birthday. Enjoy.
Check out Black Diamond's super new Spring 15 video below.
All of us know how long it takes, to the minute, to reach our local crag. We’ve slept in the dirt at J-Tree, in gîtes in Argentière and on the couches of countless climbing partners in between. When we look at a doorjamb, we see a pull-up bar. We know how to tape our hands and fingers in the morning, and how to repair the damage with superglue at night. We’ve run out of water, watched the sun set from the top of a spire, hiked out in the dark and never felt happier.
We know these things because we’re climbers, and being a climber is about more than just climbing. Beyond crimps and laybacks and hand jams, climbing is a passion that shapes the bodies, minds and lives of an entire community. Driven by something far deeper than simply making the crux move, the climbing life encompasses everything that happens before tying in and after topping out. It is training, travel and the kind of friendships forged over unplanned bivys and campfire beers.
At Black Diamond, we believe our gear can be a catalyst for this global culture of climbing, from working 5.14 moves on the Dawn Wall in Yosemite to the thousands of new climbers experiencing the sport for the first time in a gym. It’s this dedication that will continue to fuel our approach to creating Black Diamond gear: using, designing, engineering and building equipment and apparel for the climbing life.
A short montage of the 2015 Foundry Bouldering Open held 7th February 2015 @ The Foundry Climbing Centre, Sheffield. Concentrating on the final boulder problems and the eventual winners, Ben Moon and Ella Russell. Filmed and edited by Rich Heap and Ben Pritchard of Slackjaw fims.
Will Gadd makes historic first ice climb up the world’s most famous waterfall Niagara Falls
Click through here to read more and to see videos of Gadd on the climb on the Red Bull website…
Chris Bonington & Leo Houlding climbing the Old Man of Hoy
80 year old Sir Chris Bonington proves age is no barrier
In August 2014, Sir Chris Bonington successfully repeated one of his most famous climbs, at the age of 80! Alongside Leo Houlding they raised funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease charities. In this short film, as well as footage from the climb, Chris talks about turning 80 (“The business of getting old – in a way, it’s a bit of a pig.”) and explains how he intends to make the absolute most of the years ahead and still hopes to be active at the age of 90. You can read more about Chris and Leo by going to the Berghaus website here
In conversation with top climber Steve McClure
In a full-length conversation with Keith Sharples, top climber Steve McClure talks about his first steps as a rock climber right though to his current objectives as well as the publication of his autobiography, Beyond Limits.
Deep Water Solo Exeter 2014
Following on from the success of the UK's first inland DWS competition, the organisers of the event, the Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter alongside the film makers Dimension 2 films, have released a great short film from the event. Hope you enjoy it....
Kendal Mountain Festival trailer 2014
With the annual Kendal Mountain Festival starting this Thursday 20th and running until Sunday 23rd November, the festival team have released the KMF2014 trailer which they describe as 'dramatic, emotive and inspiring.' It's well worth a watch. To find out more about the festival go to www.mountainfest.co.uk
Rocklands: A Trad Diary by James Pearson & Caroline Ciavalidini
In June 2014, Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson set off to discover Trad In Rocklands. Originally in search of hard, “cutting edge” new routes, what the couple discovered is perhaps even more valuable! An almost unlimited potential for Trad development, with 1,000’s of new routes to climb! In three weeks the pair barely scratched the surface, but if one thing was clear, it was that this amazing place, a place we all thought we knew, has so much more to give…
Any Route. Any Season- Climbing from an Osprey viewpoint
Osprey packs have released this short film using cutting-edge drone technology to take an Osprey’s viewpoint of Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey climbing in the mountains around Chamonix in France, using the brand new Mutant packs. Check them out at the Osprey website
Velocity - a new short ice climbing film by Franz Walter
In ice climbing you have to find your own velocity - it's fundamental to find the right balance between waiting and observing and then leaping into action. Ephemeral ice lines will often be climbable on very few days - sometimes just one day...
Velocity is a new short film by Franz Walter about the personal story of two fully committed Arc'teryx sponsored ice climbers, Matthias Scherer and Tanja Schmitt, who have been living in Cogne (Italy) for the past ten years. The area is a place with a rare density of high quality ice routes. A perfect playground to forge their skills for their hard ice ascents all around the world.
An interview with Martin Boysen from Vertebrate Publishing on Vimeo
British climber and mountaineer Martin Boysen talks about his life and climbing. From growing up in Germany during the Second World War, to discovering climbing on the sandstone outcrops of Sussex and later playing a major role in some of the great British Himalayan expeditions of the 1970s, such as the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970 and the South-West Face of Everest in 1975.
Martin talks candidly about his climbing over the years, the people he climbed with, what it was like to be on those great expeditions and about his more recent climbing and the process of writing his memoirs.
Interview with Philip Temple, author of The Mantis from Vertebrate Publishing on Vimeo
A quick interview with Philip Temple, author of the mountaineering novel The Mantis. After growing up in Yorkshire, Philip moved to New Zealand over 50 years ago and has become one of the country's most renowned fiction writers. Originally a climber, The Mantis is Philip's only mountaineering novel and has been crafted over almost 30 years before being published exclusively as an ebook by Vertebrate Publishing in 2014.
The Mantis tells the story of a six-man British expedition to the unclimbed 25,000-foot mountain Puthemojar – The Mantis – in the Karakoram. Featuring members of the mountaineering establishment, as well as up and coming young alpinists, it's a startlingly accurate portrayal of the nature of relationships in high mountain environments.