Chuck Fryberger, producer of Dosage V: Alpine Blocs, released a trailer for his upcoming bouldering film Pure. Premiering February 20 at the Boulder Theater, Pure focuses on 19 climbers bouldering across the globe. Featured climbers include Nalle Hukkataival, Kevin Jorgeson, Kilian Fischhuber, Anna Stoehr, Fred Nicole, and Cody Roth.
Even though the ice is still not fat everywhere, it is definitely ice climbing season in many areas. Black Diamond has a good video tutorial on how to get prepared and sharpen your ice screws.
The American Alpine Institute points out a series of videos by Canadian climbing guide Mike Barter on the pre-equalization on anchors: There is a little bit of controversy over pre-equalized anchors. Some feel that one leg of the anchor will get more force than another, which means that such an anchor could never be fully […]
Dougald MacDonald reports that Vermont-based Height of Land Publications has purchased the assets of Alpinist. The current publishers of Backcountry and Telemark Skier Magazines plan to bring back Alpinist in its current form and honor all current subscriptions. Additionally, Alpinist is offering a special re-launch price of $30 for one year. From the press release: […]
If you have your own home climbing wall or run a climbing gym, you should definitely take a look at the Climbing Hold Review blog. I recently stumbled on this site and was impressed by the depth of each review. Each has a video of their hold testing along with suggested uses for your climbing […]
Jonathan Thesenga and Brittany Griffith visit the climbing at Stolby, a central Siberian nature reserve, where all the locals free solo – many barefoot and with homemade rubber climbing shoes. Watching dozens of people simultaneously soloing these routes is amazing and frightening at the same time. Check it out: (via @sudarkoff)
In what is truly a great example of using new media tools for expedition reporting, Andy Kirkpatrick is blogging and posting updates to Twitter on his solo ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. Unfortunately, as of yesterday, it looks like he is retreating: Starting this morning I put my solo belay device upside […]
The GetOutdoors blog is reporting that Alpinist has finally been sold to a high bidder. No details yet on the identity of the buyer. In the end, the final bid was for $71,000. That’s the bad news for the debt holders and/or investors given the millions that were pumped in. On the positive side, the […]
While print magazines are rapidly becoming less and less relevant, some of us still subscribe (like me!) and would like to see them improve. I received an email from Climbing Magazine with a link to their annual reader survey for both subscribers and non-subscribers. The survey is rather long, but I highly recommend filling it […]
On the theme of climbing access, please take some time to view the documentary Heart of Stone, a film from Andrew Kornylak and Josh Fowler. This is a fantastic, must-watch climbing video. I spent a lot of time climbing and bouldering in the Southeast and this film really hits home emphasizing the access issues as […]