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Category Archives: Rock 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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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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The 20 Best Climbing Films of All Time

Not so long ago, the headline “Dirtbag Rock Climbers Walk Down the Red Carpet to Accept Their Academy Award” would have seemed like an oxymoron—a violation of the very laws of nature. But in 2019 it happened: light stopped being the fastest thing in the universe, up became down, and a little rock-climbing film called Free […]

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Two Climbers Just Completed One of the Hardest Alpine Ascents of the Year

Two American climbers just completed one of the toughest alpine ascents of the year. On July 23, Vince Anderson and Josh Wharton finished their multi-year climb on Jirishanca, a rarely summited 20,100-foot peak in Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash. Their route, a longstanding open project on the mountain’s south face, was first climbed to the northeast ridge by […]

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This 330-Pound NFL Lineman Has El Cap in His Sights

Standing 6 foot 4” and weighing 330 pounds, Wes Schweitzer is built like a boulder. It’s not the body type of a stereotypical rock climber, but his refrigerator-like physique isn’t exactly surprising, either. That’s because the 28-year-old plays on the offensive line for the Washington Commanders, and he is going into his seventh season in […]

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In HBO’s ‘Edge of the Earth,’ the Best Athletes Attempt the Craziest Feats in the Most Remote Places

I don’t envy adventure filmmakers in 2022, tasked with the nearly impossible job of delivering a story that their audience hasn’t seen before. Back in the day, when Warren Miller first started releasing shred flicks, all a filmmaker had to do was point a camera at someone skiing a steep face, overlay the footage with […]

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We’re Placing These Three Stories in the Climbing Hall of Shame

Climbing magazine’s growing Hall of Shame submissions highlight the weird and wacky practices that climbers see on the crag and at the gym. Contributor Kevin Corrigan offers his sage advice on why you should—or definitely should not—do what the following three emailers have seen in the field. Note: do not try these at home (or […]

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A Reluctant Free Soloist Is Rescued on Her Lucky Day

I could see them soloing toward my belay 90 feet up the Second Flatiron outside Boulder, Colorado, a man and a woman, the woman shaky, sweaty, moving uncertainly, her feet clad in blown-out approach shoes. Nonchalant, her friend stood above her on the slab pointing out holds. “You’ve got this,” he’d say. “The next hold […]

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Climb Harder with Better Footwork—Paige Claassen’s 6 Tips

If you’re serious about climbing harder grades, then you need better footwork. In our Outside Learn online course Precision Footwork, master technician Paige Claassen teaches tips and drills to power your movement from your toes up through your legs and core to send your very best. Learn more. If you watch the video of Margo […]

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