El Niño – Jacopo Larcher

El Niño – Jacopo Larcher

When you think about big wall climbing and huge granite walls, the first place that comes to mind is “Yosemite” National Park. It’s the place where everything began and it is the mecca for all those want to explore and practice the art of climbing. Since I started...
Madagascar – Ground-up experience

Madagascar – Ground-up experience

This summer became one full of first ascents for team climber Siebe Vanhee. After the successful Common-Ground expedition in the remote tundra of Siberia, Siebe joined forces with fellow climber Seán Villanueva O’Driscoll. They took off for an adventure in the...
#Evolve

#Evolve

A film about moving from competition climbing to exploring the world beyond #Evolve is the first autobiographical short film featuring Italian climber Jacopo Larcher. The short film follows Larcher through his climbing career, starting from competition climbing in gyms to leaving its boundaries and exploring the world beyond. Find the short film here or continue reading the summary below: Larcher stepped into his first pair of climbing shoes when he was 11 at a local gym’s youth climbing course.

The Kalymnos Climbing Festival: Legends in Lycra

The Kalymnos Climbing Festival: Legends in Lycra

From October 9-12, the Greek island paradise of Kalymnos played host to the 2014 The North Face Kalymnos Climbing Festival. Thousands were on hand to take part in the event, participating in climbing competitions and celebrating legends of the sport. The North Face climber Matt Segal traveled to Kalymnos for the four-day festival, and came away with a reminder of how rich his sport’s history is.

Day 4 – Deep Water Soloing

Day 4 – Deep Water Soloing

This year’s Kalymnos Climbing Festival introduced a new format to the event, Deep Water Soloing on the island. On Sunday morning, around 30 climbers, including the 6 legends and The North Face athletes such as Iker and Eneko Pou, headed off on boats to the Deep Water...
Day 3 – The Day of the Legends

Day 3 – The Day of the Legends

In a typically Kalymnian way, the climbers were blessed with splendid sunshine, a nice breeze and, of course, an incredible panorama. For the first time ever, 6 legendary climbers of the 80s and 90s worked together to climb 15 new routes ranging from 7a to 8b+. By the end of the day, Japan’s Yuji Hirayama, Austria’s Gerhard Hörhager, Spain’s Patxi Arocena, Great Britain’s Ben Moon, USA’s Boone Speed and France’s Jean-Baptiste Tribout accomplished 9 of the 15 routes under the gaze of climbers from all over the world.

7 things you didn’t know about Kalymnos (including facts about goat raiders, dynamites and pirate treasure)

7 things you didn’t know about Kalymnos (including facts about goat raiders, dynamites and pirate treasure)

When Simone Moro and Manolo were one of the first ones to climb on the island in the late 90s, the locals thought they were looking for pirate treasure up in the mountains, as climbing was such a foreign concept to them. The climbers tend to have to share their meals with the local goats as they are prone to raiding their rucksacks during the climbs. This year’s Kalymnos Climbing Festival is the first time the 6 legends of climbing Ben Moon, Jean-Baptiste Tribout, Yuji Hirayama, Boone Speed, Gerhard Hörhager and Patxi Arocena will climb together.

Day 1 – A Snapshot of the Event

Day 1 – A Snapshot of the Event

In the past few days, climbers have been streaming on to the island in preparation for the third edition of the Kalymnos Climbing Festival that kicked off today. An expected 2500 climbers of all ranges will be participating in the competitions, the events and the...
Climbing Legends – Iker & Eneko Pou talks about Patxi Arocena

Climbing Legends – Iker & Eneko Pou talks about Patxi Arocena

Patxi Arocena is a mythical climber and from Basque Country in Spain. Born in San Sebastian-Donosti in 1965, Patxi became one of the early pioneers of sport climbing in Spain and had huge influence on the growth of the sport here. He did the first 8a and 8a+ onsight...
Climbing Legends – James Pearson on Boone Speed

Climbing Legends – James Pearson on Boone Speed

For US climbers, and a lot of us over the other side of the pond, Boone Speed and his climbing needs little introduction. His first ascent of Super Tweak in Logan Canyon raised American sport climbing standards, and amongst other things set a 14 year old kid called...
Caroline Civaldini – Meeting my hero (Yuji Hirayama) at 15

Caroline Civaldini – Meeting my hero (Yuji Hirayama) at 15

I grew up on a small Island that was part of France, even if it was in the southern hemisphere. Even there, climbing was a school sport, and even there, we received the climbing magazines : Rock & Wall and Grimper. From them, I got to read about the climbing...