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

The Lion’s Den

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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Russian climber Vadim Timonov climbing boulder problem

Vadim Timonov on the First Ascent of Blackflip Sit (8C+/9A)

The Russian powerhouse delves into the next-level project and what it’s like to climb in the Djan-Tugan region

Tenaya athlete Vadim Timonov has dedicated three trips to the area to explore and establish new lines. Yet his main goal, he says, was a boulder close to the entrance, which largely went ignored because of its position and difficulty. The Blackflip project.

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.

Tom Bolger rock climbing in Margalef

Tom Bolger: The Art of Projecting – Goals

Tenaya athlete Tom Bolger explains his 10-step goal-setting system to help you crush your climbing project!

Tenaya athlete Tom Bolger explains his 10-step goal-setting system to help you crush your climbing project!

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.