The Future of Climbing… in Atlanta? In the past five years I’ve traveled to a lot of climbing walls in North America… over two hundred of them. So, I’ve seen all kinds of gyms – from old school wood walls to the newest generation of monster gyms. I’ve worked around the US as a commercial routesetter, spent weeks living in climbing wall angles creating routes for competitions, and often spend a day or two each month instructing routesetting clinics to new and experienced setters alike.
Just got back today from the Pan Am Championships in Guatemala. I crashed twice and beat up my equiptment, while finishing a disappointing 31st. I did gain enough UCI points to race World Cups in 2010 so at least that is taken care of.
Jordan Romero, in his attempt to become the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, has made it to base camp. We'll keep you all filled in on his journey.
Dean Potter writes about his world record wingsuit flight off of the Eiger—an endeavor that won him the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award! "I am considered a criminal in my hometown Yosemite, California, for pursuing the dream of human-body-flying. The United States is supposed to be ‘The Land of the Free’ but I have to cross boarders to be emancipated and explore man’s fundamental desire to soar. B.A.S.E. is making me more spontaneous. When it’s time to exit, I jump. When it’s time to deploy my parachute, I reach back and pull....
Another landmark day at 5.10 HQ - our/your website has broken through the 100k barrier on Alexa.com (Current rank 99, 751). The engines are roaring and show no signs of slowing. Thanks again to everyone for making our site amazing.
My expedition to Patagonia this year didn’t go exactly to plan. I had already put time into this range, establishing one new route and two first free ascents during the 2008 season with Will Stanhope. This year I was hoping to build on that success and establish another long rock freeclimb. I brought along the two best team mates I could think of for the job - the talented Americans Jon Gleason and Matt Segal.