Showing posts with label Bouldering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bouldering. Show all posts

Video: A Life of Climbing with David Lama

Austrian mountaineer and sport climber David Lama is one of the most talented climbers on the planet. He has shown his ability to tackle challenges on rock, ice, boulders, and mixed routes too. That's because he literally started in the sport not long after he could walk, and now he shown his ability to tackle incredibly difficult ascents all over the world. In this video, we learn the origins of Lama's climbing skills and we follow him through his most impressive accomplishment to date – completing the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia. Here, you'll discover what drives him and learn more about his approach to climbing. As with many talented alpinists, the greater the challenge, the bigger the reward.

Climbing Prodigy Completes One of the Toughest Bouldering Problem in the World

If you haven't heard the name Ashima Shiraishi, you certainly will know who she is soon. The 14-year old rock climber has just completed one of the toughest bouldering problems in the world, giving the world a glimpse of her amazing talents and what promises to be quite a climbing career ahead.

Ashima lives in New York City, but on a recent spring break trip to Japan she went to a mountainous region near the town of Miyazaki on the southern island of Kyushu. While there, she took on a bouldering problem named Horizon that is rated as a V15 – the second highest rating possible on the bouldering scale. That scale differs from the Yosemite Decimal System by rating climbs on a scale of V0 to V16. Very few V16 boulders have been completed.

Horizon features some real challenges for climbers and includes a minimum of 25 moves to complete. The route goes up a tapered path that splits the ceiling of a tunnel, and includes well-rounded rocks that are often slick with moisture. The climb is far longer than most other bouldering problem, and has only been completed one other time by Japanese climber Dai Koyamada.

With her success on this route, Ashima has become the first woman to complete a V15 bouldering problem, and the youngest person to do so. She has also managed to climb a 5.15a rated rock climbing route as well, making her the first woman to achieve that feat as well.

Obviously this is an impressive accomplishment for any climber – male or female – regardless of age.  As I said, expected to hear Ashima's name more in the future, as she continues to push boundaries in the climbing world. Since she is just about to turn 15, we can expect big things from her in the future.

Find out more about her climb of Horizon in this story from Nat Geo.

Video: Bouldering in Swaziland

South Africa is an amazing country for climbers, and over the past decade or so has become well known for its bouldering too. Apparently that reputation extends into nearby Swaziland as well, as this video takes us there to show us its amazing potential. The video was shot in the summer of 2014, when climbers Nalle Hukkataival and Jimmy Webb went to Swaziland to explore its climbing options for themselves. What they found was very impressive indeed.

Video: Rock Climbing and Bouldering in South Africa

Earlier this year, rock climber Angy Eiter traveled to South Africa with some friends to check out the rock climbing and bouldering scene. This video shares some of their exploits there, while giving us some nice highlights of the South African landscapes. Make yourself comfortable, and enjoy watching these climbers test their skills on some challenging problems.

South Africa Climbs - Moving Pictures from on Vimeo.