Surely all of the indoor pebble wrestling talk that has permeated this site of late has rubbed some of you the wrong way. While I love indoor climbing just as much as the next guy (or gal) I also have a high appreciation for all things outdoor climbing. So, in order to cleanse our collective palettes, if only briefly, from all the indoor climbing talk here is a video that is basically the opposite of an indoor bouldering comp. The video is from the blog No Way Down (via the guys at PullHarder) and features a winter ascent of the aid route Zenyatta Mondatta on El Cap:
Along these same lines is the plethora of news and inspiring images coming out of Patagonia of late. Climbing.com has a nice wrap-up of some recent ascents and here are a few blogs I’ve been reading as well:
- Jason Kruk and Chris Geisler come within 40 meters of doing a “fair means” ascent of Cerro Torre’s southeast ridge
- Furry Murry & Slow and Heavy both blog about the difficulty of climbing 2 peaks in a day and the good “problem” of the weather being too good
- Mikey Schaefer and Kate Rutherford climb Chairo di Luna on St. Exupery as well as a new route on Fitz Roy
- Neil Kaufman and Josh Wharton establish a new line on Aguja Desmochada
- PlanetMountain interviews Colin Haley
On a totally unrelated note, yesterday marked the 4th anniversary of this blogsite’s creation. I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who has visited and supported the site throughout these past 4 years. It really means a lot!!