Flor de Papel

Conquering Ecuador’s Toughest Climb: Chevy Crespo’s Triumph

In 2002, when Chevy Crespo started climbing in Ecuador in his hometown gym, Chorrera de San Juan’s Castillo para Fiona (7b) was the hardest route in the country. Three years later, Chevy travelled to China for his …

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Young, male rock climber high up on a cliff band in France.

Redpointing Biographie

Tanguy Merard’s Journey of Ambition, Perseverance, and Personal Growth

At 16 years old, Tanguy Merard left his hometown of Nîmes in the south of France for the climbing hub of Briançon in the Alps. “I made this decision,” he says, “because I was training …

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Baatara Gorge, Lebanon.

Repeating Avaatara

17-year-old French climber Victor Guillermin recounts his ascent of the legendary David Lama route in Lebanon’s Baatara Gorge.

When climbers conjure up a dream climbing trip, few probably think of Lebanon, on the eastern side of the Mediterranean, as a top destination. Yet the country is home to vast potential, along with the first 9a route in the Middle East.

Sea Shepherd boat on the ocean.

Climb for the Ocean Project

This month we challenge you to climb a quarter nautical mile (463m) to raise awareness and funds to defend, conserve, and protect the ocean globally

This month we challenge you to climb a quarter nautical mile (463m) to raise awareness and funds to defend, conserve, and protect the ocean globally

Blind climber Sho Aita climbing Jack and the Beanstalk crack climb in Japan

Beyond-Sight: Sho Aita

Blind Japanese Climber Sho Aita Onsights Jack and the Beanstalk (5.10c) Crack Climb

Watch the blind climber Sho Aita onsight Jack and the Beanstalk (5.10c), a crack climb at Ogawayama, Japan.

Alex Megos

Q&A: Alex Megos on the World’s First 9a Onsight

Ten years after making the world’s first 9a onsight, Alex Megos reflects on the event that changed his life and shaped his climbing career

Ten years after making the world’s first 9a onsight, Alex Megos reflects on the event that changed his life and shaped his climbing career.

Svana Bjarnason Fish Eye 8c Oliana

An Eye on the Fish | Svana Bjarnason

Despite injury after injury, Svana Bjarnason manages to persevere and send her multi-year project Fish Eye (8c/5.14b) at Oliana, Spain.

I doubted myself a hundred times these past years—my goals, my life choices, my decisions. But deep down I never stopped believing in Fish Eye.

Rock climber Alex Megos training on a hangboard

The Climbing Coach: Dicki Korb, with Alex Megos

Alex Megos and his long-time coach Dicki Korb on Mego’s evolution as a climber and how he optimizes his training.

Alex Megos might be the first person in the world to onsight 9a (5.14d), but the 27-year-old climber came on to the scene gradually. From his early days of climbing with socks in rock shoes, …

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Vertical-Life climbing app employees in South Tyrol, Italy

The App Developer: Cody Roth & Vertical-Life

As COVID keeps the climbing community apart, digital services step in to fill the void.

Climbing knows no boundaries. It’s a universal language that supersedes all prejudices, politics, and differences. Wherever you travel in the world, you can always find your tribe and be welcome. This year, however, COVID has …

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Climbing photographers Ken Etzel and Liam Lonsdale

The Filmmaker: Ken Etzel

Peek behind the scenes—ahem, send—and learn what it takes to be a climbing photographer and filmmaker.

When climbing and photography cozy up together on a portaledge, you can expect a bundle of inspiration to be born.