Trad and sport climbing, indoors and out.
For Women, By Women: TNF, AMGA Collaborate on First All-Female Rock Guide Course
The North Face sponsored the American Mountain Guide Association’s first guide course made specifically for women.
Watch: Adam Ondra Onsights 5.14c at Smith Rock
Adam Ondra climbs an incredibly difficult sport climbing route in one attempt. The 140-foot testpiece was America’s first 5.14c, set by Alan Watts, and had yet to see an onsight until Ondra.
Watch: 2008 Alex Honnold Documentary ‘Alone on the Wall’
Alex Honnold released his feature documentary about free soloing Half Dome and Moonlight Buttress on YouTube for free. Watch this if you miss the sweaty-palms feeling since watching ‘Free Solo.’
How Honnold Climbed a 3,000-Foot Cliff Without Ropes: TED Talk
“I looked like a lost hiker that was too close to the edge.” Alex Honnold’s TED Talk has some pretty funny moments!
Sport Climbing Gear List: 12 Essentials for Beginners
From harnesses to quickdraws, here’s the essential sport climbing gear needed to show up to a crag and start climbing safely outdoors.
Sport Climbing 101: The Best Way to Learn the Ropes
Learn how to sport climb with our guide. Read on for how we learned the basics of lead climbing, clipping bolts, anchor building, and eventually sport climbing outside on real rock. Say goodbye to auto-belays and top-rope!
Telluride Film Fest First to Screen ‘Free Solo’ This Weekend
Let the unveiling begin. The much-anticipated documentary of Alex Honnold’s renowned free-solo of El Capitan makes its world premiere this weekend in Telluride.
Ropeless Speed Climb: Watch Dani Arnold Set Record on 4,000-Foot Face
The north face of Grandes Jorasses offers 3,937 feet of rock climbing. Dani Arnold broke the speed record this summer, completing the Cassin route in 2 hours 4 minutes without a rope.
Rock Oddity: Climbing Portland’s Inner-City Butte
The inner-city rock climbing crag Rocky Butte is helping keep Portland weird. The extinct volcanic cinder cone scales right up for rock climbing near downtown.
‘City Stone: PDX’ Video Highlights Portland’s Urban Climbing Scene
This episode in our ‘Great Urban Outdoors’ video series focuses on Portland’s Rocky Butte. The urban crag provides an unlikely venue to practice the art of ascending vertical stone, all within sight of downtown.
First Look: Wild Country Revo Revamps Assisted Belay
Fall fast, and the Wild Country Revo kicks in, catching you. Read on for our take on the nuanced assisted-locking belay device, which differs considerably from the GriGri and tube-style belay devices used in climbing.
El Cap Rope Solo: The Remarkable Climbing Feat Few Will Understand
Pete Whittaker’s rope solo of El Cap in less than 24 hours is a niche climbing endeavor of absolute insanity.
Watch: First Ascent on Faroe Islands ‘Biggest Sea Cliff in the World’
Cedar Wright, James Pearson, and Yuji Hirayama climb the biggest sea cliffs in the world on a remote set of islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The team encounters choss, puking birds, and sheep on the way.
History Made: Dawn Wall Feature Film Teaser
The wait is almost over to see one of rock climbing’s most iconic ascents, the Dawn Wall, on the big screen. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson star in the feature film, premiering at the South by Southwest festival March 11.
Watch: Adam Ondra Climbs World’s Hardest Route, Silence, in Feature Film
When he topped out, there was no yelling, just silence. Sport climbing phenom Adam Ondra sent the world’s first 5.15d, also named Silence, this fall. Watch the full story of this record-setting first ascent now.
The Birthplace of American Sport Climbing: The Story of Smith Rock
Smith Rock, one of the world’s most iconic sport climbing destinations, wasn’t always bolted sport climbing paradise. This is the story of Alan Watts, Smith Rock climbing pioneer.
Knit Comfort: Black Diamond’s First Climbing Shoe Reviewed
The Black Diamond Momentum wears like a sock (in a good way) and still holds up to climbing steep terrain. We put this comfy rock climbing shoe to the test outdoors and in the gym.
Adam Ondra Sends ‘Silence,’ World’s Toughest Sport Climb
On September 3rd, 2017, Adam Ondra successfully climbed ‘Silence’, a proposed 5.15d, the hardest rated climb in the world.