Crazy Falls, Daring Solo Ascents on Overhanging Wall in New Video

Last month, at the Utah Olympic Park, we watched as climbers competed head-to-head at the Psicobloc Masters Series climbing comp. They scaled identical routes up a steep wall, no ropes or harnesses, just a massive swimming pool below to break the fall.

We covered the event in an article, “A 50-ft Wall, Only Water Below to Catch Your Fall,” and now this week the organizers released a captivating video on the comp. Psicobloc was one of the most exciting climbing events we’ve ever seen. Hoping the series catches on and gets huge as athletes and the spectating public embrace the unique new climbing format. —Stephen Regenold

—See GearJunkie’s photo recap from the event here. The Psicobloc Masters Series site has images and info on the sport of deep-water soloing.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.