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Category Archives: Climbing

Former NFL Player Gavin Escobar and Climber Chelsea Wash Die in SoCal Climbing Accident

An ex-Dallas Cowboys football player is one of two rock climbers who were found dead on Thursday at the base of Tahquitz Rock, a popular crag near Idyllwild, California. The Riverside County sheriff’s office identified the deceased as 33-year-old climber Chelsea Walsh and 31-year-old Gavin Escobar, both of whom lived in Huntington Beach. Outside’s sister […]

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In Defense of Adventurous Mothers

After the death of the great ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson, many of us are—again—contemplating the balance we try to strike as adventure-loving outdoors people who are also parents. Pursuing the activities we love, which are sometimes dangerous, can feel at odds with our dedication to our children. Outdoor mothers, of which I am one, navigate […]

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Gravel Star Keegan Swenson Is Racing for Team USA at the UCI Road World Championships

The best male graver in the U.S. is headed to the biggest one-day race for professional road cyclists. Keegan Swenson heads to the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia this week as one of the most anticipated riders to watch in the men’s road race. Swenson was a surprise call-up for Team USA […]

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How Paradox Sports Is Making Climbing a More Inclusive Space

Dan Boozan had an arm paralyzed in a cycling accident. Enock Glidden was born with Spina Bifida—a rare disease that resulted in waist-down paralysis. Aika Yoshida broke her neck in an acrobatic accident and was confronted with a long and uncertain road back to athletics. What do these athletes have in common? They, like thousands […]

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Beckett Hsin Is Only 12 Years Old. He Already Climbs Like a Pro

A kid with a thick tuft of dark hair and large brown eyes pulled onto the wall at Movement Climbing, Yoga, & Fitness, located in Denver, Colorado’s trendy River North neighborhood. He muscled into a move, rocked over his foot, and then stabbed out for the crimp. He fell just shy of it, coming off […]

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In ‘Edge of the Earth,’ Jimmy Chin Goes Beyond the Instagram Wins and Fails of Elite Athletes

In 2018, when Free Solo was busy breaking box office records and blowing minds, Jimmy Chin—who shot the film and directed it with his wife and collaborator Elizabeth “Chai” Vasarhelyi—was getting the same question a lot: How was Alex Honnold not paralyzed by fear as he clung to the face of El Capitan without a […]

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He Was on an Expedition to Tackle an Unclimbed Line in Nepal. Instead, He Got a Prison Sentence.

This article first appeared in Rock and Ice’s annual issue, Ascent, 2020. I make my chai from scratch, fresh ginger root, cardamom pods, cayenne, and more. I pound the cinnamon sticks to splinters with a framing hammer. All told it takes two days, so I brew a few gallons at a time. People ask where […]

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Two Russian Climbers Died from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Inside a Tent

Two Russian climbers died on Kyrgyzstan’s 23,405-foot Lenin Peak on August 28. Local reports attributed their deaths to carbon monoxide poisoning, and said that the two likely used their cooking stove inside of their tent and died from inhaling the gas.  The climbers were identified as climbing guide Vyacheslav Sheiko, and his client Georgiy Veselovsky. […]

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