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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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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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

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.

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.

Climbers Chris Winter and Hayden Carpenter

The Advocate: Chris Winter and the Access Fund

The executive director of the Access Fund on responsible climbing, conservation, and how we, as individuals, can be better stewards to our crags.

COVID-19 is crushing our climbing areas. With gyms closed or operating at limited capacities, many new climbers are venturing outside for the first time—which is amazing to see—but the record numbers are taking a toll …

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"The Climbing Doctor," Jared Vagy

The Climbing Doctor: Jared Vagy

Live interview with Dr. Jared Vagy and Felipe Camargo on common climbing injuries and how to prevent them.

As climbers, we tend to be stubborn and embrace suffering. But nothing will stop your forward momentum quite like a climbing injury.

Climber Jimmy Webb bouldering in Switzerland

The Explorer: Jimmy Webb

Live interview with Jimmy Webb on bouldering development, long-term projects, and traveling the world to climb.

Jimmy Webb tends to keep a low profile, but the humble warrior has sent more V16s [8C+] than almost any other American.