Adventure Video of the Week: Slackliner Andy Lewis Base Jumps in Moab

Adventure Video of the Week: Slackliner Andy Lewis Base Jumps in Moab

Extreme sports athlete and expert slackliner Andy Lewis has had his fair share of thrills. He’s jumped, climbed, and slacklined all around the world, including during the Super Bowl halftime show with Madonna in 2012. Recently, he spent some time at Arches National Park to pull off another incredible feat.

After going on a 2.5 mile hike and rappelling 150 feet, Lewis slid down a crack before base jumping and parachuting the rest of the way down. Naturally, he caught it all on his GoPro.

Here’s a look at the base jump, plus an alternate angle:

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Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Heli-skiing, ice climbing, glacier hiking—Alaska is ground zero for adventure activities. The Last Frontier can be intimidating, though, to those who aren’t experienced in the outdoors, leaving them to trod well-worn slopes and paths along with the rest of the neon puffy coat–clad tourists.

But in June, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge—an exclusive luxury hotel 40 minutes from Anchorage—opened up access to Alaska’s first via ferrata (a beginner-friendly one, at that!) in an area few people have ever walked, let alone climbed.

While climbing’s popularity has been growing in the U.S., via ferratas (protected climbing paths aka “iron paths”) are hard to find stateside. In fact, there are fewer than 10 in the United States—and Alaska’s is by far the most remote. While it’s technically a public climbing route, it’s 80 miles from the nearest road, and … Read the rest

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Heli-skiing, ice climbing, glacier hiking—Alaska is ground zero for adventure activities. The Last Frontier can be intimidating, though, to those who aren’t experienced in the outdoors, leaving them to trod well-worn slopes and paths along with the rest of the neon puffy coat–clad tourists.

But in June, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge—an exclusive luxury hotel 40 minutes from Anchorage—opened up access to Alaska’s first via ferrata (a beginner-friendly one, at that!) in an area few people have ever walked, let alone climbed.

While climbing’s popularity has been growing in the U.S., via ferratas (protected climbing paths aka “iron paths”) are hard to find stateside. In fact, there are fewer than 10 in the United States—and Alaska’s is by far the most remote. While it’s technically a public climbing route, it’s 80 miles from the nearest road, and … Read the rest

Climber Cory Richards on How to Fix the Mess on Everest

Climber Cory Richards on How to Fix the Mess on Everest

Photographer and climber Cory Richards has gained some perspective since he became the first American to make a winter summit of an 8,000-meter peak, Gasherbrum II, in 2011. His work for National Geographic magazine has taken him all over the globe, from floating in a dugout canoe among hippos and crocodiles in Botswana’s Okavango Delta to tracking down the world’s happiest people.

Still, he is perhaps most widely known as one of the messy-haired dudes in the Snapchat series #Everestnofilter, where he and partner Adrian Ballinger documented their experience climbing the world’s tallest mountain over two years. In the second season, Richards revealed his struggles with depression, PTSD, alcoholism, and bipolar disorder. 

He has since been sober and is now focused on a grueling training plan from his home in Boulder, Colorado, to tackle his current goal: climbing a new route on Everest’s Northeast Face without supplemental oxygen. … Read the rest

The MJ5: Ice Climber Will Gadd on His Essential Adventure Gear and Top Travel Spots

The MJ5: Ice Climber Will Gadd on His Essential Adventure Gear and Top Travel Spots

Pro ice climber and paraglider Will Gadd loves a good adventure. Over the years, his love for climbing has taken him to places far and wide, including the Greenland ice sheet, where he explored some of the largest—and most dangerous—glaciers in the world for his Red Bull TV film Beneath the Ice.

From traveling around the world, Gadd has learned a thing or two about what gear helps him the most when he’s on an expedition, to what training keeps him in the best shape to make sure he gets home safely. Gadd put all that knowledge together for his trip to Greenland, which combined Gadd’s love for the sport of ice climbing with researching what’s going on beneath the ice sheet.

“For this project, we wanted to see what’s actually happening under these glaciers,” … Read the rest

Exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet With Pro Climber Will Gadd

Exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet With Pro Climber Will Gadd

Ice climber Will Gadd is no stranger to taking on dangerous terrain. Over his career, Gadd has explored remote areas in the Colorado Rockies, the shores of Ireland, Kilimanjaro, Canada’s highest waterfall, Utah’s Snow Canyon, and Niagara Falls, becoming the first person to climb the ice-covered rock wall there. But his most recent adventure might be his most thrilling yet.

For his new Red Bull TV film Beneath the Ice, Gadd traveled to the Greenland ice sheet to explore the deep caverns and holes in the ice cap, descending hundreds of feet in dangerous conditions to learn more about spots that basically no one in the world has ever explored. Working with professor and glaciologist Jason Gulley, Gadd hoped to find out how meltwater flows within glaciers and impacts the climate, including sea level rise.

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Pushing Limits and Drawing the Line: Mountain Athlete Mike Chambers on Chasing the Denali Speed Record

Pushing Limits and Drawing the Line: Mountain Athlete Mike Chambers on Chasing the Denali Speed Record

At 7:55 p.m. on May 19, 18,500 feet up on Denali—a massif so cosmic, climbers are infinitesimal in scale and deferential to its mercilessness—Merrell ambassador and mountain athlete Mike Chambers watched his partner, Will Seeber, slip out on blue ice and careen down the Denali Pass, windblown snowpack hastening his fall.

“Please arrest, please arrest!” Chambers repeated in his head, as Seeber luckily managed to roll onto his stomach and punch his whippet into the ice. His skis were strewn some hundreds of feet up the mountain and he was clinging on by the basket of his pole, the only thing keeping him from plunging to a certain death.

Cessna aircraft at the base of Denali Chris Shane

What had started as a bluebird day—for Denali’s standards—shifted in an instant. Storm clouds charged in, forcing the two to abort their acclimatization … Read the rest

A Free Climber Scaled the 1,000-Foot Shard Skyscraper in London This Morning

A Free Climber Scaled the 1,000-Foot Shard Skyscraper in London This Morning

Early morning commuters in London may have noticed a surprising sight at the Shard today: A young man free climbing the 1,017-foot tower, which is one of the tallest buildings in Europe. According to the BBC, the man was later identified as urban climber George King, and he made the 45-minute ascent of the glass skyscraper without ropes or suction cups. He completed the climb shortly after 5 a.m. London time, when he entered the building and was met by police officers. In an Instagram post, he described how climbing the Shard has been a dream of his for years.

“I was thirteen and on a school trip when I first laid eyes on The Shard,” he wrote. “I felt an immediate passion to climb it.”

 

After making it to the top of the Shard, King … Read the rest

Climbing and Surfing in the Paris 2024 Olympics: Here’s What You Need to Know

Climbing and Surfing in the Paris 2024 Olympics: Here’s What You Need to Know

The Paris 2024 Summer Olympics may have some exciting new sports. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this week that breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing have been “provisionally included” in the lineup for the Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing already will be included as medal sports in the 2020 Olympics, and this latest action makes it likely that the sports will also be included in the 2024 Games. Breaking was previously added to the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 as a medal event, and now the sport is closer to an official debut in a major Olympic Games.

“The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to making the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect … Read the rest

The Gnarliest Climbing Routes in the World

The Gnarliest Climbing Routes in the World

After Alex Honnold free soloed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, even your mom was clued in to the gut-clenching thrills of rock climbing. The sport has seen a surge in mainstream popularity thanks in part to the video of Honnold’s sweaty palm-inducing climb, but he’s not the only one sending epic routes. If there’s rock, people will climb it—no matter how scary the climbing routes look, no matter how inhospitable the surroundings.

Climbs are ranked by difficulty according to the Yosemite Decimal System, but that’s not the only factor that determines just hard a climb can be. In some places, just getting to the wall can be a journey, and once you’re on it, you’ve got to navigate factors like cold and wind along with your line.

These six climbing routes are all ranked … Read the rest