Plugging my entry to the Petzl RocTrip Photo Contest. It would be really amazing to get to go on this trip. The 50 photos with the most votes will go before a panel of judges and one winner will be chosen. Please give my photo and any others a vote if you think they’re worthy!
Nalle has been throwing down a lot of hard ascents near Maltatal, Austria lately and this one may be his hardest ever. A known project for about 13 years, the sit start to Bügeleisen climbs up a large, overhanging block of stone. Having to fight poor weather conditions over the past few years, Nalle finally found the fitness and conditions necessary to take this project down. In a Facebook post Nalle says the this line “could be the hardest thing I’ve climbed”. That’s saying a lot considering his recent ascent of Gioia, a problem that’s been given the rating of V16 by both its first ascensionist, and Adam Ondra who nabbed the second ascent!
In this article from Climbing Magazine we get some useful tips on improving you knee health. This is something that I’ve been increasingly aware of over the past year as I’ve noticed those heel hooks on steep overhanging climbs really torquing my knee. Click on over for some general knee wellness tips, as well as some specific exercises to strengthen many components of the knee.
While it may seem improbable given the frigid Winter we’ve had here in Minnesota, Spring is right around the corner. In the last couple weeks we’ve even had a few days in the 40’s! You may have been stuck in the gym all Winter and if your training regiment has been lacking(or like mine, nearly non-existent) here are several new workouts from Climbing Magazine to get you in shape for the Spring season; all while keeping you on the wall.
Follow Daniel Woods along with fellow strong man Jimmy Webb and videographer Cameron Maier (Bearcam) through a day in Bishop, CA. From Bouldering to Beers this video is more than enough to make many of us envious of their lifestyle.
Planet Mountain snagged an interview with Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold after their completion of the Fitz Roy Traverse in Patagonia. While neither climbers have much experience with Alpine style, they were able to quickly hammer out this epic ridge line in 5 days with some help from other climbers and some luck with the weather.