Top 10 Videos of 2018

10. Catherine Destivelle Free Soloing Devils Tower In this uber-classic footage from 1992, Catherine Destivelle, one of the greatest alpinists of her generation, solos the classic El Matador ( 5.10d) on Devils Tower. She begins by rope soloing and plugging cams, but then later unties and free solos the rest of the way. 9. Without a Partner – Pete Whittaker Rope Solos El Capitan in Under 24 Hours [Full Film] In November 2016, Pete Whittaker became the first person to solo—all free —El Capitan in under 24 hours, finishing in 20 hours and 6 minutes. Rope solo free climbing is a discipline that few people know about and even fewer people do. In this film, we hear from Whittaker, his long time climbing partner Tom Randall and big-wall, solo climbing expert Andy Kirkpatrick as they take us through the paces of what it really means to make a rope-solo, free ascent of El Cap. “The Problem is if Pete pulled it off, nobody would even get it, nobody would understand how hard it was … and to do it in a day, is totally insane.” —Andy Kirkpatrick “The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big-wall solo climbing; big-wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it’s possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast.” —Tom Randall 8. El Capitan Kirk You thought Free Solo was good? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. 7. Two Nineteen Forty Four – Complete Time-Lapse Of Gobright And Reynolds’ Speed Record On The Nose Tristan Greszko documented the entirety of Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds’ speed record on the Nose from the floor of Yosemite Valley. He managed to create a five-minute-time-lapse of the climb, which helps to put their achievement in perspective. Greszko writes on Vimeo, “On a cold, misty morning in late October 2017, after 11 previous attempts, Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds broke the standing speed record on the Nose (formerly held by Alex Honnold and Hans Florine) with an unbelievable new time of 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 44 seconds. Watching this as it happened was one of the more incredible spectacles I’ve ever witnessed; an amazing display of superhuman mastery unlike anything I’ve seen before…” 6. Slaydies Slaydies (noun, plural): fierce ladies who slay on the rock. Ex: Margo Hayes, Paige Classen and Emily Harrington. Margo Hayes, Paige Claassen and Emily Harrington take a trip to Spain, to explore the abundant sport climbing and deep water soloing that Mallorca offers. Each woman is a “slady” (i.e., lady who slays) in her own right; each has contributed to the progression of the sport, while continuing to support her fellow slaydies. 5. Silence: Adam Ondra and the World’s First 5.15d What does it take to climb the world’s first 9c (5.15d)? Find out in Silence , a 17-minute film by Bernardo Giménez. It shows what preceded the afternoon of September […]