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 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).   

After more than 50 days of effort, Chris Weidner and Bruce Miller established  a new trad climbing route on The Diamond on Longs Peak (14,255'), Colorado.

BEST TRAD CLIMBING VIDEOS

TRAD CLIMBING

FEDERICA MINGOLLA

ADAM ONDRA

TRAD CLIMBING

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.  

VERTIGO 32/8b+

TRAD CLIMBING

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 section

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 climb the Salathe Headwall

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 the Trad Princess, Mary Eden climbing 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

GOLDEN GATE 5.13c VI

WATCH Emily Harrington  climb El Capitan’s ‘Golden Gate’ (5.13 VI).

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

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.

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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