HISTORY: Trad Climbing is a form of rock climbing that requires climbers to place protective gear (wire stoppers and spring-loaded camming devices) into cracks of various sizes in the event of a fall. Traditional climbing dates back to the late 1880s in Wales of Great Britain and the Dolomites. By 1958, Warren Harding, Wayne Merry, and George Whitmore scaled the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley in 47 days using "siege" tactics with fixed ropes. On June 6, 2018, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell climbed the Nose in under 2 hours (1:58:07).
WATCH Simon Yamamoto and Dexter Bateman climb The Path, a 5.14 trad climb at Lake Louise, Canada.
BEST TRAD CLIMBING VIDEOS
CHOICES is the portrait of Steph Davis who is not afraid to make decisions and approaches her life as she approaches her climbing projects.
After more than 50 days of effort, Chris Weidner and Bruce Miller established a new trad route on The Diamond on Longs Peak, Colorado.
WATCH Adam Ondra send this crazy hard off-width crack in Indian Creek, Utah.
teams up with Colette McInerney to climb one of South Korea's most beautiful and challenging lines.
DAN FISHER sends the long-standing Vertigo Project at Namadgi National Park in Australia.
WATCH Kyle Addy and Alex Mougenot take on Brown Corduroy Trousers (28, 5.12d, 7c) at Frogs Buttress, in Queensland, Australia.
'Progress' is a new trad route in Heubach, Germany. It combines the existing trad route 'Prozess' and the sportclimb 'Geduld Stephan' via a bouldery traverse section
CHINA DOLL 5.14a-R
Heather Weidner battles her demons as she sends China Doll, a 5.14-R trad route in Upper Dream Canyon, Colorado
WATCH Mayan Smith-Gobat climb the Salathe Headwall
COBRA CRACK 5.14b
Watch Mason Earle send the most legendary crack in the world: The Cobra Crack in .Squamish, BC
WATCH the Trad Princess, Mary Eden climbing Supreme Manliness 5.13- in Moab, Utah.
Lynn Hill recounts her historic first All Free Ascent of the Nose on El Capitan.
GOLDEN GATE 5.13c VI
WATCH Emily Harrington climb El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI).
CENTURY CRACK 5.14b
WATCH Russ Clune and Sam Elias on the hardest route in the Gunks: Brozone (5.14b).
DARK IS RISING 5.12d
WATCH Jeff Snyder capture the 4th ascent of Dark Is Rising 5.12d at the Grazing Allotment Crag in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.
ZODIAC 5.13d on EL CAP
Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher went to battle on one of El Cap’s most formidable free routes
THE DIHEDRAL VI 5.14a
WATCH Jorg Verhoeven attempt the 2nd free ascent of "The Dihedral Wall" (VI 5.14a) on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California.
WATCH Jorg Verhoeven free climb The Nose on El Capitan, arguably one of the world's most famous climbs. Changing Corners on pitch 27, rated 5.14a/b.
WATCH Sonnie Trotter send the Totem Pole an iconic sea stack that rises up from Fortescue Bay in Tasman National Park, Tasmania
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