12/5/13 - The 20-year-old Czech climber Adam Ondra has redpointed his third 9b+ (5.15c) first ascent, this time in his home country. Ondra spent 20 to 25 days over two years working on Vasil Vasil at Sloup, a limestone crag near Brno, his home town.
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12/2/13 - On Thursday, December 5, join Goal Zero and Climbing for a Google Hangout with Alex Honnold!
11/22/13 - Belgian climber Muriel Sarkany has joined the (very small) ranks of women who have climbed 9a/5.14d with an ascent of Punt X in Gorges du Loup, France.
11/21/13 - On Saturday, November 9, David Allfrey and Alex Honnold broke yet another Yosemite Valley record, accompanying the solo record Cheyne Lempe set on the Salathé Wall during the same week.
For Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, and Chris Sharma, every day in Yosemite means more progress. Here is a timeline of this season’s Dawn Wall project to date.
11/16/13 - British climbers Jerry Gore, Calum Muskett, and Mike "Twid" Turner, along with French cameraman Raphael Jochaud, reached the top of the southeast face of the South Tower of Paine, one of the world's great unclimbed walls, after about three weeks of effort. But ferocious winds on their final day of climbing prevented them from tagging the summit of the tower.
11/11/13 - Cheyne Lempe, 22, has completed the second one-day rope-solo ascent of the Salathé Wall on El Capitan, breaking a 21-year-old speed record in the process. Lempe, a member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team, climbed the 35-pitch route (5.9 C2) in 20 hours 6 minutes.
In early October 2013, professional climber Joe Kinder cut down two juniper trees, one alive and one dead, in Tahoe, California, sparking a violent backlash toward the professional climber from the community. Following the incident, Kinder received death threats, hate messages, and antagonizing phone calls from complete strangers. Now, almost a month later, Kinder discusses the aftermath of the situation.
10/29/13 - Before the Colorado floods closed the Flatirons above Boulder to climbers in September, Bill Wright made the most of a long weekend among these huge sandstone slabs and spires. During a 71-hour time period over Labor Day weekend, Wright climbed all 53 of the "Classic" routes featured in Gerry Roach's Flatiron Classics guidebook.
Jason Albert is a climber, backcountry skier, and self-described "field audio junkie" who has created a new series of podcasts decidated to audio storytelling. Over the span of nearly an hour, "Scale" explores the human sense of scale through the lens of climbers in Yosemite Valley.
Every day means more progress along the Front Range of Colorado, as local rangers, workers, and volunteers combine efforts to help the state parks conquer flood damage and reopen.
Many of the climbing areas across Colorado, including Boulder Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldorado Canyon State Park, and the Flatirons, have opened for recreation, resulting in a flux of photos showing the preservation and destruction from the flood.