Alex Honnold And The Relativity Of Risk

Alex Honnold, writing for Alpinist about his free solo of El Sendero Luminoso:

That meant five more people who’d flown down and who were now waiting for me to solo a big wall. And despite everyone’s assurances that I should only do what I felt comfortable with, and that they could film any other, easier route if I changed my mind, it was hard not to feel a little pressure.

I’ll be curious to hear him talk about this and more tonight at the Boulder Theatre as part of The North Face’s Speaker Series.  You can tune in live at 7 PM MDT for a live feed from the event.

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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014 Climbing Report

Nice recap by Splitter Choss of the recently completed 2014 Outdoor Retailer Summer Trade Show.  I was actually able to make a brief stop at the show in between Psicocomp duties, but I did not get a chance to visit many of the climbing-related booths in any detail.

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Video Friday – 8/15/2014

The highest rated videos of the past week

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Did Psicocomp Just Make Speed Climbing Cool?

Justin Roth, writing on The Stone Mind about last week’s Psicocomp:

The 2014 Psicocomp ended up even more exciting than the 2013 version. Clearly the event organizers paid attention to issues they encountered on their maiden voyage and tried to remedy them (hot tubs to keep soaked competitors from going hypothermic between heats, for example). Like bakers tweaking a recipe, they adjusted the ingredients and the ratios to create a better overall result. Speed climbing up a steep wall in a head-to-head sudden-death format with little downtime, plus big falls into water, all in a scenic outdoor setting (coincidence that it’s at an Olympic training facility?), attended by some of the continent’s strongest climbers—it turned out to be a heady mix that left the attending throngs stoked.

Between this and what happened at April’s SCS Nationals it’s been a pretty big year for speed climbing.

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Why Psicocomp Is The Best Competitive Climbing Event In North America

Alex Johnson is a big fan of the recently completed Psicocomp1.  I was not aware of reason #11 until I read her post, but that is a pretty nice bonus.

  1. As are a lot of the other athletes from what I’ve heard and read
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Delaney Miller On Psicocomp

Delaney Miller, writing on Petzl’s blog after finishing 2nd in the Psicocomp for the 2nd consecutive year:

Rock climbing is my absolute passion and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have discovered it at such a young age. I am excited to return for Psicocomp next year and I hope to see more competitions like it emerge, as they’re tons of fun and great for the sport. I hope events like these will help the sport gain recognition and momentum worldwide, so others can likewise realize how amazing climbing can be.

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5.14a Onsight By Kai Lightner

After getting knocked out of Friday night’s Psicocomp in the first round by Jimmy Webb, Kai Lightner made his way to nearby Maple Canyon on Saturday where he had a big day according to this post on his Instagram feed onsighting Pipe Dream (5.14a) and redpointing Divine Fury (5.14b).

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Project 360: The Eiger’s North Face

Mammut is back again with another cool multimedia project, this time it’s a 360 degree interactive photo/video tour of the legendary Eiger North Face.  Cool stuff.

Climbing.com has some background on the project if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

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