There are some pretty amazing acrobatics in this first video this weekend. It's from the recent "9 Knights" event at the Mottolino Fun Mountain in Lavigno, Italy. The crew there built an amazing Snow Castle that had so many different features, the skiers and riders were surprising each other with their different lines. This event not only brought in some amazing athletes, but also called upon some great photographers in the action-sports industry. This video is proof of the high caliber of talent at the event.
Of the hundreds of thousands of climbers throughout the world, there are relatively few who climb 5.14. Names like Sharma, Ondra, Graham, Pearson, DiGiulian, Sarkany & Raboutou probably come to mind. The name Francisco Marin can be found in that group as well. But he has one thing that these other climbers do not, and that is age. Francisco is the only climber known to have climbed 5.14+ at 61 years old. As a life-long climber, he has learned a few things along the way, and as you will see in this next video, he has some pretty amazing insight on what it takes to be a climber.
Whenever you go on a big-mountain expedition, you are always worried about weight. And when you are worried about weight, you make sure everything in your kit has multiple purposes. For Jeremy Jones' big trips into the Alaska backcountry for his films, that ethos of multiple-use extend to his staff and assistants. That's why he brings along a camp manager that could not only cook up an awesome dinner, but also has avalanche and medical training. And it turns out that they can snowboard pretty darn well. This next video will not only get you stoked, but will probably make you hungry too!