Posts tagged: rock climbing
CLIMBING – Spokane is one of the first stops for the 2013 Reel Rock 8 Film Tour, a gripping collection of climbing films that will show Friday (Sept. 27) starting at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear’s retail store, 2002 N. Division St.
The films, which debuted in a Boulder, Colo., festival on Sept. 19, include “High Tension: Ueli Steck and the Clash on Everest.”
All proceeds go to the Access Fund, a national advocacy organization founded in 1991 to conserve and keep U.S. climbing areas open.
CLIMBING — When I watched Robyn Erbesfield's chiseled body defy gravity at Wild Walls for a profile story I wrote in 1996, I should have assumed that any children she might eventually produce would have the genetics to become a good climber.
I underestimated her.
Brooke Raboutou, 11, born to climbing world champions Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou, is setting records adults couldn't reach in their dreams.
Her mom says rock climbing walls have been part of their homes just like the oven and dish washer.
Brooke began her training around the time she could walk, according to her profile at Team ABC Boulder.
The video above show this little person is nothing short of amazing.
CLIMBING — See mind-boggling vertical rock climbing feats in a FREE presenation of the Reel Rock 7 film tour starting 7 p.m., Nov. 1, at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division St.
FILMS– Radical Reels, the high-action, adrenaline-packed off-shoot flicks from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to North Idaho this week, including a debut appearance in Coeur d’Alene.
The shows are scheduled:
Wednesday (Oct. 17) at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. Doors open 5 p.m.; films start at 6.
Thursday (Oct. 18) at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. Doors open 6 p.m.; films start at 7.
The 11 films on this year’s tour include skateboarding on bobsled courses, kayakers on an adventure from Mexico to Iceland, speed climbing on outrageous rock routes, BASE skiing and a humorous candid look at people using headcams.
Tickets are $13 in advances at shops in the Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene areas. Leftovers will be sold for $15 at the door.
Refreshments start at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Gifts will be offered to the first 100 women attending.
Glanc joined Patrick Ormond and Jeremiah Watt on the first American team to climb in the Balkans country bordered by Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and the Adratic Sea.
COUNTY PARKS — The long-awaited trailhead parking area on the south side of the Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area in Spokane Valley will be open to public access Friday at 3 p.m., said Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner.
Heavy equipment is still working at the site accessible from the Palouse Highway near the end of Stevens Creek Road. County Parks will be hydro-seeding, putting up signs and doing other touch-up worth at the parking area through fall, Knowles said.
The Big Rock area, adjacent to the Iller Creek Conservation Area, is prized by rock climbers and hikers. It's been secured by the county through a series of deals and purchases with help from the Dishman Hills Conservancy.
The new parking area is designed to handle school buses. It will accommodate about 30 passenger vehicles if parked in an organized fashion.
Notable restrictions include:
See a map of hiking trails accessible from Stevens Creek or from the north side Holman Road access to Iller Creek.
ROCK CLIMBING — Climbers were humbled earlier this month to find a massive rock fall had wiped out a generation of climbing routes on the east face of Chimney Rock, a landmark on the skyline east of Priest Lake.
And the danger lingers.
The collapse of rock from the near-vertical face erased rock flakes used in many pioneering climbs on the iconic granite pillar in the Selkirk Mountains.
Classic lines now gone include Magnum Force, a route first free-climbed in 1967 by Spokane Mountaineers John Roskelley and Chris Kopczynski.
“Many tons of Inland Northwest climbing history are now part of the boulder field at the base,” said Dane Burns, one of the rock’s pioneering climbers.
“From the splitter crack line of Yahoody left all the routes are now gone. That includes but not limited to the Beckey/Cooper South Nose route, later freed by Roskelley and Kopczynski and renamed Magnum Force, Kimmie, named after our friend Kim Momb and UNI the first trad 5.12 crack done in the inland NW.”
Zach Turner, who reported the rockfall on July 5, noted the east face has a swath of new routes to be pioneered, but warned climbers more unstable rock appears to be hanging on the wall.
See Turner's post with before and after photos of the Chimney Rock east face and a list of the climbing routes affected.
CLIMBING — The extraordinary skill of big-wall rock climber Alex Honnold, 26, was put to the mainstream in 2011 by a CBS filming crew willing to go out of their comfort zone.
Honnold, 26, said he is at peace thousands of feet off the ground, but how do you find cameramen who feel the same way for a a “60 Minutes” assignment to film Alex's ascent of Sentinel in Yosemite National Park?
CBS assembled a dream team of photographers and riggers, who spent two days assembling an elaborate system of ropes and pulleys so they could film the climb with 12 cameras from the valley floor to the summit.
The video above talks about the filming of the feature on this young climbing phenom.
ROCK CLIMBING — Pro climber and soloist Alex Honnold appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes last Sunday — and he scared the crap out of just about everyone who hasn't already voided after seeing his free-climbing exploits in the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Is he the next big thing in modern climbing or a suicide mission in sticky shoes?
Climbing writer David Roberts addresses that question in this Outside magazine report.
CLIMBING — Some of the year's top climbing short-films are coming to Spokane in a film tour — REEL ROCK VI.
The show is a screaming deal — it's free! But you must think ahead or get left out.
The films will be shown starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division.
“The show is free but space is limited to about 150, so attendees need to stop into the store and pick up their FREE ticket in advance,” said Phil Bridgers, Mountain Gear events coordinator.
Among the films are epic cold shots of mountaineering Gasherbrum II, big-wall ascents at Yosemite, ice climbs and the skill of an inspiring elementary school-age rock prodigy.
Read on for the film list and details.
ROCK CLIMBING — The Bureau of Land Management is proposing a ban on rock-climbing at Cedar Fields near Burley, Idaho, to protect cultural resources in that area and would also ban climbing on BLM lands in the Castle Rocks Inter-Agency Recreation Area.
The federal agency is taking public comment on the plan until Oct. 28.
Who: For local climbers and outdoors enthusiasts, organized by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits
What: Adopt a Crag climbing area cleanup
When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
Where: Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls.
How: Free and open to the public. Call to sign up. (208) 769-7809.
CLIMBING — Take time out to enjoy this 1987 film that set a standard for climbing pictures. Not only is the climber a beauty with bulletproof shoulders, the film is as masterpiece of staging and arrangement. Very cool.
French climber Catherine Destivelle was 28 at the time she was featured here in Africa soloing a sandstone cliff in the Mali desert.
One of the top climbers in the world at the time, she performed for the camera as well as for the local people, the Dogons of Sanga, scaling unroped to their ancient cliff dwellings and the skulls and skeletons in their ancient graveyard caves.
ROCK CLIMBING – A fun-oriented, low-key weekend event to introduce people to the sport of rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls.
The group will camp out at the park picnic shelter, where Saturday’s barbecue dinner will be served followed by Sunday’s pancake breakfast.
“It’s a friendly setting where people can learn a lot and become comfortable with the sport,” said Phil Bridgers, Mountain Gear spokesman, noting that UClimb events also are scheduled in Western Washington, Nevada and Kentucky.
Cost for the full weekend:
Local info: (509) 340-1165. Preregister online.
INDOOR CLIMBING – REI is offering three free ways for co-op members to get a feel for rock climbing this month at the Spokane store’s indoor climbing wall:
The free program will beging at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division.
Ilgner speializes in teaching climbers how to take appropriate risks, prepare their minds and overcome limitations.
Read on for more details on the program and Ilgner's books.
CLIMBING — Rock climbers are feeling the pinch and the need to get involved in agency decisions.
CLIMBING — Northwest climbing legend Fred Beckey might be close to 80 — no one seems to know, including Fred — but he’s still globetrotting to climbing venues.
Is the pioneer of first ascents in the Cascades and Canada keeping up with the trend toward free climbing? Maybe, maybe not.
Look closely at the publicity photo from Yosemite he released in advance of his presentations next week in Western Washington. Look’s like an poor amateur job of Photoshopping out the security running up along his left forearm.
Hey, you’re Fred Beckey! You don’t have to be somebody you’re not.