Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you stoked

So lately in the office I've heard mention of aid climbing, or aiding past pitches on long routes. It has me somewhat interested in the techniques and systems involved in such endeavors. When I get interested in stuff, I generally turn to youtube to watch some videos of the activity in action. I was lead to this compilation video, which begins with an aid climber moving up a wall, and then unexpectedly coming right back down. I would've titled this post as "Videos to freak you out," but this guy seems absolutely stoked to take a fall. I can only hope to have this attitude about falling.

While I wrap my head around "enjoying" a fall, there are people out there actually ice climbing! Unlike the majority of the pacific northwest, there appears to be ice forming in the world, and people are climbing it. I'm willing to travel far for ice, but Italy seems a little far right now. Regardless, check out this video of some guys "warming up" on a WI5.

Dry tooling and Ice climbing in Gressoney, Aosta valley, Italy from s├ębastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

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