If you have ever wanted to see what 5.12c offwidth climbing was then here is a great video of a Kris “odub” Hampton playing on Hidden Dragon in Red River Gorge. The line starts with an offwidth roof that you have to pull some sick moves to get up over. I have no idea why anybody would want to climb offwidth but odub does it hear with some semblance of style and grace.
On my last post I felt bad that I couldn’t give a good description of the Fisher Chimney route on Mt Shuksan so I went searching for a bit and found this awesome video. Congrats to them for summitting.
I hate the feeling when you are pumped out, run out and then when you try to sink some gear it doesn’t fit. As I was watching this video of Katie Brown climbing I got ansy in my chair re-living my own moments just like her’s. Check it out.
Alpinist 24 came in the mail the other day. The first thing I did was flip through every page, drooling over the amazing pictures. Then, using all my self control, I set it down. I need to ration my daily intake of Alpinist. All I want to do is read it cover to cover on the first day but then all the excitement would be over for the next three months. So instead I read only bits and pieces at a time and savor the stories.
I just finished my daily ration of Alpinist and read the Stolbist story. I can’t believe that there is an entire culture of free solo-ers living in Siberia of all places. Naturally the pictures of Stolby were not enough and I had to find more.
I just went climbing at Looking Glass last weekend which is probably the most famous climbing place in North Carolina. I got my sorry as up Second Coming, Rat’s Ass and Zodiac which are all in the 5.8 range but they are ‘old school’ 5.8s in the words of a 55 year old I was climbing with. Out of curiosity I looked up some stuff on Looking Glass when I got home and I found this awesome video of Second Coming. I give serious points to the creators.