Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weekend Warrior - Videos to get you STOKED!!!

In our first video of this weekend, the German wunderkind Alex Megos crushes "Lucid Dreaming," a V15 highball in Bishop, CA.  The FA was by Paul Robinson in March of 2010, and the only other repeat was by Daniel Woods in early 2014.

For most northwest skiers, this winter has been, well, pretty crappy.  But with these long stretches of high pressure and little to no new snow, we're having very spring-like conditions.  The avy danger has been low, the corn harvests have been good up at higher elevations, and now is the time for some quality ski mountaineering.  Jason Hummel, Jeff Rich, Andy Traslin, and Mike Traslin nabbed a plum with this awesome traverse.

The Forbidden Traverse from Jeff Rich on Vimeo.

Last November Juantxo Pons made the 3rd ascent of "El Gran Bellanco," a 9c (5.14d) in the Pilas Alcalinas cave in Montanejos, Spain. This area near Valencia was popular during the 80's, but recently the Spanish climbing spotlight has shifted toward Catalunya.  Juantxo's ascent shows just how great the climbing can be all over Spain.

Juantxo Pons on El Gran Bellanco, 9a in Montanejos from Valencia Climb on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend! - James

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