Friday Inspiration, Vol. 139

I had the pleasure of watching this film last fall and being on the jury at the Kendal Mountain Festival China to give it the Best Climbing Film award (video): Pop song lyrics made into graphics “In this era ...

La Sportiva Genius

The La Sportiva Genius is one of the most aggressive climbing shoes on the market, but it lacks one noteworthy thing: an edge. So how does it compare to other aggressive shoes like the La Sportiva Solution & ...

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 138

Where do hallucinations come from? (video) A collection of classic New York Times essays about surfing. “Unlikely Hikers is an antidote: a climber perched on a rock gym, wearing a hijab and tape over her ...

Friday Inspiration, Vol. 137

Exactly two minutes of sights and sounds of New York, brilliantly edited (video) If this set of Daniel Kibblesmith’s Twitter jokes doesn’t make you laugh until your face hurts, well, maybe just go back to ...

The Story Of The First Ascent

You think that last pitch was tough? Do you know about the first ascent of this climb? Well, you’re in luck. I can tell you a little bit about it. Gunter Bonattisini, the famous German-Italian alpinist, was ...

Scarpa Furia S

The new Scarpa Furia S is one of the softest climbing shoes on the market, and is designed to offer ultimate precision and grip for overhung terrain. So does it? And how does it compare to shoes like the ...

Building a Legacy

On a sunny day this past June, Melissa Arnot-Reid ski-toured up to Camp Muir, Mount Rainier’s iconic 10,188-foot-high camp. For Arnot-Reid, 34, it was pretty pedestrian—she’s ascended the route well over 100 ...

Nik Berry (Ep.13)

Nik Berry is pushing the boundaries of his sport in a direction that many climbers aren’t even looking: his skill and composure on hard and scary trad routes fuel an obsession with freeing big aid lines and ...

Adieu Stéphane Husson

A tragic climbing accident occurred on Wednesday 20 June at the Beaufort crag in France where a 16-year-old teenager and the 47-year-old French mountain guide Stéphane Husson died after falling 20 meters. The ...

Climbing Future

Hi Steph, I’m writing because you have made such an impact on my 10 year old daughter. She has had a passion of climbing for the past 2 years, where she now takes one-on-one lessons with a coach at our local ...