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

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.