TRAD CLIMBING

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 to suspend a person's weight or catch 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 (60 Years Later), Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell climbed the Nose in under 2 hours (1:58:07).   

WATCH the WIDEBOYS trad climb the World's Longest Roof Climb [2500ft]. Plus, the highlights for the Crack Roundup 2021, showcasing Mary Eden (the Trad Princess), Brittany Goris on the Salathe Wall, Alex Waterhouse on the Kraken, and Keenan Takehashi, Conner Herson and Ethan Pringle on Empath. 

BEST TRAD CLIMBING VIDEOS

TRAD CLIMBING

HAZEL FINDLAY

WATCH Hazel Findlay trad climb one of the area’s fiercest test piece, the bold Electric Avenue (5.13+R).

TRAD CLIMBING

ANNA HAZELNUTT

WATCH Anna Hazelnutt climbs Once Upon a Time in the Southwest E9 6c (5.13a/b R), a steep and crimpy slabby at Dyers Lookout.

TRAD CLIMBING

DESERT GOLD 5.13a

WATCH these amazing athletes trad climb Desert Gold 5.13a in Red Rocks, Nevada.

TRAD CLIMBING

SQUAMISH, BC

WATCH Ryo Masumoto climbed The Shadow 5.12d on University Wall. First free climbed by legendary climber, Peter Croft.

TRAD CLIMBING

THE PATH 5.14

WATCH Simon Yamamoto and Dexter Bateman climb The Path, a 5.14 trad climb at Lake Louise, Canada.

BABSI ZANGERL

TRAD CLIMBING

Greenspit 8B+ is a route of mythical status. After enduring the runouts, whips, and painful jams, Babsi became the first woman to succeed.

TRAD CLIMBING

STEPH DAVIS

CHOICES is the portrait of Steph Davis who is not afraid to make decisions and approaches her life as she approaches her climbing projects.

THE DIAMOND

TRAD CLIMBING

After more than 50 days of effort, Chris Weidner and Bruce Miller established  a new trad route on The Diamond on Longs Peak, Colorado.

TRAD CLIMBING

FEDERICA MINGOLLA

TRAD CLIMBING

ADAM ONDRA

WATCH Adam Ondra send this crazy hard off-width crack in Indian Creek, Utah.    

TRAD CLIMBING

SOUTH KOREA

HAZEL FINDLAY teams up with Colette McInerney  to climb one of South Korea's most beautiful and challenging lines.  

TRAD CLIMBING

VERTIGO 32/8b+

DAN FISHER sends the long-standing Vertigo Project at Namadgi National Park in Australia. 

TRAD CLIMBING

THE TROUSERS

WATCH Kyle Addy and Alex Mougenot take on Brown Corduroy Trousers (28, 5.12d, 7c) at Frogs Buttress, in Queensland, Australia.

TRAD CLIMBING

HEUBACH, GERMANY

'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

TRAD CLIMBING

SONNIE TROTTER

Watch Sonnie Trotter a.k.a. Captain Canada," trad climb a dicey 5.13 R called "Lake of Fire" in Squamish, Canada, with sidekick Alex Honnold.  

TRAD CLIMBING

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

TRAD CLIMBING

SALATHE HEADWALL

WATCH Mayan Smith-Gobat trad climb the Salathe Headwall.  This is one of TripleBlack's Favorites. 

TRAD CLIMBING

COBRA CRACK 5.14b

Watch Mason Earle send the most legendary crack in the world: The Cobra Crack in .Squamish, BC 

TRAD PRINCESS

MARY EDEN

WATCH Mary Eden trad climb Supreme Manliness 5.13- in Moab, Utah.

TRAD CLIMBING

LYNN HILL

Lynn Hill recounts her historic first All Free Ascent of the Nose on El Capitan.  

TRAD CLIMBING

HAZEL FINDLAY

WATCH Hazel Findlay faced off with the immaculate 230-foot splitter, Concepción (5.13), located in the desert near Moab, Utah.

TRAD CLIMBING

CENTURY CRACK 5.14b

Watch Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall capture the first ascent of the world's longest roof crack. 

TRAD CLIMBING

THE GUNKS

WATCH Russ Clune and Sam Elias on the hardest route in the Gunks: Brozone (5.14b).

TRAD CLIMBING

TASTE THE BRONCO 5.13c/d

WATCH Jonathan Guy trad climb "Taste the Bronco" on the famous South Star Wall at Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe, CA

TRAD CLIMBING

ZODIAC 5.13d on EL CAP

Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher went to battle on one of El Cap’s most formidable free routes

TRAD CLIMBING

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.

TRAD CLIMBING

CHANGING CORNERS

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.

TRAD CLIMBING

THE TOTEM

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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