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).
"Probably the most nasty kind of crack is Offwidth.
It's a size which is too big for a fist, but too narrow for the whole body to go deep inside the crack." Adam Ondra
Watch Adam Ondra send Belly Full of Bad Berries (8a/5.13b) an off-width crack in Indian Creek, Utah. For those into off-width climbing, this tutorial may provide you insight for your next onsight. For more Adam Ondra videos please visit his profile page.
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DAN FISHER sends the long-standing Vertigo Project at Namadgi National Park in Australia.
After 4 more than 50 days of effort, Chris Weidner and Bruce Miller established a new route on The Diamond
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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
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COBRA CRACK 5.14b
Watch Mason Earle send the most legendary crack in the world: The Cobra Crack in .Squamish, BC
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Watch WILL MAYO send Super Crack 5.12c at Sky Top (the Gunks) in New York. This overhanging finger crack was first climbed by Steve Wunsch in 1974.
THE NOSE - ALL FREE
Lynn Hill recounts her historic first All Free Ascent of the Nose on El Capitan.
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GOLDEN GATE 5.13c VI
WATCH Emily Harrington climb El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI).
CENTURY CRACK 5.14b
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