Category: Climbing

Mountainfilm on Tour Santa Cruz 2019

November 9, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour will visit Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 9 with films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

The show kicks off at 7 pm. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects.

About Mountainfilm

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a …

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Climbing Towards Justice

The first black woman to climb El Capitan

By Leonie Sherman

Emily Taylor points to the Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite (Taylored Fit Solutions).

In 2003, Emily Taylor became the first black woman to climb El Capitan. There  were no camera crews or journalists waiting to interview her. “The weekend I summited El Cap, there was tons of buzz about the Huber brothers, two big German dudes, freeing the Zodiac,” Taylor explains. “They got all the media attention.” Only one other black woman, Chelsea Griffie, also located in the Bay Area, has ever climbed El Cap…and very few people know her name either.

Taylor is a black queer professional climbing coach. She trains athletes while working to dismantle oppressive systems that make it so hard for people who look like her to thrive in the field of outdoor recreation. She’s trained over two thousand people in a career spanning …

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The Long Game

Ken Yager’s multi-decade effort to establish a permanent climbing museum in Yosemite

By John Middendorf

Ken Yager on Half Dome’s notoriously bold route Karma (Dave Schultz or Jim Campbell).

The Yosemite Climbing Exhibit, 27 years in the making, is at last being allocated a long term location in the visitor center at Yosemite National Park. It has been a long process. In 1992, Mike Corbett and Ken Yager, both long time veterans of Yosemite, began preserving some of the past, realizing the rich history of Yosemite climbing was gradually becoming forgotten. The early tools and artifacts of vertical ascent were being lost as Yosemite climbing pioneers drifted further and further from the Valley.  

Corbett was “Mr. El Cap” back in the day, holding the record for routes climbed (over 30) by a wide margin. Corbett has always been an out-of-the-box thinker, and his many new routes in Yosemite are pioneering …

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Dakota Snider

Yosemite lured him in; death and conflict drove him away

By Chris Van Leuven

Exploring the Merced River near Nevada Falls.

As a freelancer published in the New York Times and other publications across the country, Snider’s job is to capture America’s faces and landscapes. But his work in Yosemite came with too high a price.

Yosemite Facelift is an annual five-day event that draws visitors from all over the world to enjoy the Yosemite National Park, attend events and, most importantly, pick up trash. Mixed in with the throng of visitors are locals, like photographer Dakota Snider who runs around the park capturing the action with his camera. 

It was here during last October’s event that he snapped a shot of professional climber and longtime local Beth Rodden, right after she’d chased down her four-year-old son Theo. That image later ran as the opening shot in the story she wrote …

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Yosemite Facelift 2019

September 24-30 • Yosemite National Park

For over a decade now, Yosemite Facelift has been making a remarkable difference in the amount of trash left behind in Yosemite Valley after the tourist season. The event offers a fun, community-building opportunity to give back to the incomparable Yosemite Valley.

Many participants are surprised to learn how fun it is to pick up trash in Yosemite. It’s one thing to visit the Valley and take pictures of the scenery, but joining Facelift’s efforts connects people to the Valley as stewards, not just as tourists. 

Come volunteer for an hour or everyday; any amount of time you can spend volunteering is appreciated. In 2018, there were 11,700 volunteer hours logged — this would take one person working full time more than 5.5 years! 

Camping spots fill fast; inquire about availability. Keep in mind you aren’t required to camp for the event. Feel …

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Radical Reels and Adventure Night 2019

September 20, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre September 20 at 7pm. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth. You’ll enjoy the great line up of cycling, climbing, skiing, running and horse racing films this year.

Note: Before purchasing tickets be sure to check out the film ratings if this is a concern for younger audience members.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out.

List of films:

  • Far Out – Kai Jones
  • Fast Horse
  • The Mirnavator
  • Ice & Palms
  • Viacruxis
  • The Moment
  • Life of Glide
  • Reel Rock 12: Break on Through

Visit for descriptions.

Tickets are now on sale at …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 109

News & notes from the outdoor industry

SuperTopo Forum is Pulling the Plug

The online climbers’ community known as the SuperTopo Forum is pulling the plug. For climbers, it’s the end of an era.

“It is with a sad heart that I announce that normal operation of the SuperTopo Climbers’ Forum will cease June 1. The Forum has been an amazing digital campfire, with more than two million posts over the last 18 years. It has reconnected many climbers with old friends and helped many climbers make new friends. And, there have been many amazing and compelling posts on the site, especially those on climbing-related topics that have been enjoyed by millions of people,” wrote SuperTopo cofounder Chris McNamara in his final post to the site.

“For climbers, the SuperTopo Forum has been the virtual Camp 4. Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, Camp 4 was the birthplace of …

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adidas Outdoor Announces Partnership with 1Climb to Give 100,000 Kids Their First Climb in Life

Empowering young people’s lives through the sport of climbing

Press Release

Herzogenaurach, Germany – Living up to the company belief that sport has the power to change lives, adidas Outdoor is proud to announce a new partnership with 1Climb, a non-profit organization co-founded by world-renowned climber Kevin Jorgeson.

Bringing the outdoors into the city, this partnership is dedicated to empowering young people’s lives through the sport of climbing. Ultimately this will enable 1Climb to install 10 new permanent climbing walls in Boys and Girls Clubs across the United States.

For Kevin, there has been no greater gift in his own life than being introduced to rock climbing, “Climbing has enabled the life of my dreams and it all started with that one visit to a gym when I was 9.” On founding 1Climb, “I felt like the opportunities for kids to discover climbing were pretty narrow. Now, instead of hoping …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 107

News & notes from the outdoor industry

Bianca Valenti makes 2018 “Most Accomplished Athletes” list

Outside Magazine has named San Francisco based big wave surfer Bianca Valenti one of 2018’s most accomplished athletes. Other outdoor athletes recognized were climber Alex Honnold, runner Des Linden, and several others. While there is nothing physical that would preclude women from surfing giant waves, female big wave surfers have long struggled to compete for equal prize money in that exclusive arena. While competing in surf contests around the world, Valenti co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. Because of her efforts (and the efforts of other committed female surfers) women will compete for equal prize money at Mavericks this year.

Sierra snowpack on the rise

As we go to press, data from the California Department of Water Resources indicates that the Northern Sierra and Central Sierra, which stretch from the Trinity Alps down …

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Climbing in Yosemite Valley with Free Soloist Brad Gobright

Pushing, maybe, a little too much

By Chris Van Leuven

Since the release of the documentary Free Solo, almost everyone has heard of Alex Honnold. But there’s another, lesser-known free soloist who is tearing up the scene: 30-year-old Brad Gobright.

It’s 1am in El Cap meadow. I’m pacing around in my harness and wearing a small backpack, waiting for Brad Gobright to arrive. In a few minutes we’re heading up the Big Stone for his hardest day of climbing to date: the 31 pitch (3,000′) 5.13 El Corazon. He’s planning a one-day-ascent, with hopes to be back to the Valley floor by 6pm. The route is so continuously difficult, with eight pitches of 5.12 and six of 5.13, that only Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold—arguably the most famous American climbers today—have freed it in a day. I’ve signed up to belay, carry supplies and clean pitches while ascending the rope …

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Gear We Love: Issue 107

Goodies for your active lifestyle

Gear We Love Issue 107

1. Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit with Heat Shield

Imagine being able to set up a fire pit anywhere in less than a minute. That’s the cool thing about the Pop Up Fire Pit from Fireside Outdoor: it packs into a small bag and sets up quickly wherever you need a low-maintenance campfire. What makes this portable campfire so enjoyable is the stainless steel mesh that the logs sit on. Strong enough to withstand 125 pounds of wood, the mesh provides oxygen to the fire from below, creating a hotter burning fire that creates more warmth. We recommend you spend a little bit more and purchase the optional heat shield. The heat shield allows the Pop Up Pit to be set up on the grass or concrete without leaving any sort of brown marks, allowing for S’mores on the lawn and worry free backyard …

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