Chris Sharma climbing Sleeping Lion at the El Pati sector of Siurana.

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Chris Sharma and Alex Megos on Climbing Sleeping Lion

In March of 2023, Chris Sharma made the first ascent of Sleeping Lion at the iconic El Pati sector of Siurana—a route that is bound to be a test-piece for generations to come. While he …

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Slovenian rock climber Klemen Becan in Croatia

The Rocktrotter: Klemen Bečan

How the dedicated Slovenian climber makes the vagabond lifestyle work and the lessons he’s learned from the road.

After three decades of climbing and living on the road, the 38-year-old says he wouldn’t change a thing—except maybe for a slightly bigger van.

Uri Maraver rock climbing

The Sensei: Uri Maraver

How the martial arts expert brings his experience and values to climbing.

Climbing coach Uri Maraver on his Judo roots, how they translate to climbing, and what it takes to be a top athlete in today’s competition landscape.

Alizée Dufraisse rock climbing at Rodellar, Spain.

The Mentor: Philippe Dufraisse and Alizée Dufraisse

Life lessons from a father-daughter climbing duo.

The fauther-daughter duo speak on mentorship, how climbing has affected their relationship, and the lessons they’ve learned together over the years.

Climbing guidebook author Pete O'Donovan.

The Guidebook Author: Pete O’Donovan

Creator of six climbing guidebooks delves into the labor of love, climbing ethics, and the future of print.

Pete O’Donovan, author of six climbing guidebooks, delves into why he takes on such a labor of love, climbing ethics, and the future of print.

French alpinist Lise Billon climbing.

The Mountain Guide: Lise Billon

What it takes to become a professional mountain guide.

The Alps are in Lise Billon’s blood. It was only fitting, then, that she would follow in her father’s footsteps to become a mountain guide herself.

Climbing route setter Jacky Godoffe

The Route Setter: Jacky Godoffe

The art of setting, straight from the master.

Route setting is not about perfection, but a research of emotion. We always have to remember why we are setting. I don’t set just to put holds on the wall. I set to tell a story.

Alex Megos on the first ascent of Bibliographie (9c/5.15d), Céüse, France.

Bibliographie – The Alex Megos Interview

Alex Megos speaks about his longest project to date, how he stayed motivated, and what he learned from the experience.

With this project there was times where the goal seemed absolutely irrelevant and the process was all that mattered.

Chris Sharma Deep Water Soloing

Chris Sharma: Return to Balance

The king of deep-water soloing finds new lines to fuel his soul in Mont-Rebei, Spain.

The beauty of deep water soloing is that it’s such a free form of climbing. You’re out there exploring, and feel like a kid again, climbing up a tree. It’s very playful, spontaneous, and creative.