Border Lands | Episode 2

Fear. It’s present on so many of the expeditions that we take into the mountains. Pushing past this fear to achieve our goals leads to some of the most rewarding experiences we can have.

In the summer of 2013, Mike Libecki, Ethan Pringle, and Liv Sansoz traveled to the remote Tian Shan Mountains near the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. The team traveled though desert landscapes, a maze of sandstone towers, high plains and deep valleys to establish one of the must unique multi-pitch climbs in the region.

Stay tuned to mountainhardwear.com for more stories.

The Insiders

Submitted by Luis Pardo:

A short film created by BigUp Productions about indoor climbing featuring Paul Robinson, Sasha DiGiulian, Vasya Vorotnikov, and Ashima Shiraishi. Presented by Central Rock Gym in Worcester, MA, Rockwerx, prAna, Teknik, and e-grips.

Dean Potter – Camp 4 Collective

Submitted by Brad

Dean Potter – Camp 4 Collective

Camp 4 Collective on vimeo: http://vimeo.com/camp4collective/videos

Music:
CatacombKid
“I Was A Fat Kid”
“Cellar Door”
“Lies Pt. 2″
MySpace.com/CatacombKid1

Ki:Theory
“Strongman”
KiTheory.com

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BD athlete Adam Ondra – world’s first 9b+

Submitted by Petr Pavlíček

Last summer, Black Diamond athlete Adam Ondra made a highly productive trip to Hanshalleren, a massive granite cave outside the small town of Flatanger, Norway. Adam not only made short work of the cave’s established hard routes (including onsighting two routes graded 5.14c/8c+), he made the first ascent of Thor’s Hammer (5.15a/9a+) and bolted a futuristic project out the steepest section of the cave. On October 4, Adam managed to link this 55-meter-long beast, establishing Change, the world’s first route graded 5.15c/9b+. Along with his recent first ascent of La Dura Dura in Oliana, Spain, Change stands as one of, if not the hardest route in the world.