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Sasha DiGiulian on her Future in Climbing

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Sasha DiGiulian was recently profiled in The Washington Post; it’s an excellent article, and features DiGiulian discussing how she got started in climbing and her plans for the future.

Raw footage of Sasha DiGiulian on Era Vella (5.14d/9a), in Margalef, Spain.
The completed film will be featured in Reel Rock 7 this fall.

‘Starting next month, that focus will be more important than ever as she begins college. She hopes to study sports business, and she’d like to be more involved in student life than she was in high school — to be as “normal” a college student as possible. She’ll also be the only freshman who returns from a World Cup event in Munich for orientation, flies to Paris for a week of climbing, comes back to school for a week before flying to a Seattle event, returns for a week at Columbia and then flies to Atlanta for another World Cup competition.

“It’s this mental battle, because I keep convincing myself that everything will work out fine,” DiGiulian says, “that I’ll be training religiously and be at all the competitions, but at the same time, I know Columbia will be quite rigorous. Sometimes I’m completely fine, but then I’ll go through spurts — like the other night, it hit me, and I got really nervous. I don’t know how I’m going to do it.

“Most of my competitors, in the World Cup circuit especially, are just climbing,” DiGiulian adds. “But I decided to go back to school. Because I know that, in the long term, I can’t be a climber forever.”’

Video: Wild Country Crack School- Episode 4

This episode of Wild Country Crack Schools addresses the skills needed to succeed at climbing offwidths.

Video: Alex Honnold solo on Mt. Watkins

As posted a few days ago, Alex Honnold notched what may be his most impressive achievement to date with his “Solo Triple Crown” of Yosemite’s Mt. Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome all completed in 18 hours.  Sender Films was there filming for Reel Rock 7, and they’ve released this teaser trailer of Alex on Mt. Watkins.  Notice what happens at 1:18 and his reaction at 1:30…

Video: Wild Country Crack School- Episode 3

This episode of the Wild Country Crack School series covers everyone’s favorite (not really), fist jams.


Video: Wild Country Crack School- Episode 2

This episode of Wild Country Crack School covers hand cracks.

Video: 51-year-old Bill Ramsey redpoints 5.14b

Earlier this year, Bill Ramsey redpointed Reverse Polarity (5.14b) at Mt. Potosi near Las Vegas, NV.  A week later, he celebrated his 52nd birthday.  It’s inspiring to see someone cranking hard past 50, and it’s encouraging to think that even though I’m 37 with 20 years of climbing behind me, my best years may still lie ahead!

Note: this video contains footage of climbers using the kind of words climbers often use when climbing.  Some of these words might be offensive to some.

Video: Wild Country Crack School- Episode 1

If you’re going to climb in California, you’re going to need well-honed crack climbing skills.  This is the first of a series of videos Wild Country is producing  that will cover some basic techniques to help you be successful on cracks.  In this episode, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker cover basic hand and foot jams for finger cracks.

Video: Climb Like Chris Sharma: His Tips, Part 1

In this video, Chris Sharma discusses his enthusiasm for climbing and shares some suggestions on how climbers can advance their skills to a higher level.


Video: Outstanding new multi-pitch climbing in China

As we’ve previously mentioned, in 2011 Petzl sponsored “RocTrip China 2011″, an event where a group of climbers from the East and West put up more than 250 new multi- and single pitch routes in the Gétù Valley in southwest China.  The list of climbers includes Chris Sharma, Sasha DiGiulian, Lynn Hill, Dani Andrada, Daila Ojeda, Dave Graham, Emily Harrington, Enzo Oddo, Joe Kinder, Ethan Pringle and many others.  The video footage from this epic trip has finally been edited into a wonderful short film that highlights the scenery and culture of China, brief interviews with the climbers, and, of course, the climbing.  This one is really special, enjoy!

Here’s a a slideshow of photos from the event via Petzl’s Flickr:

11 year old V13 bouldering phenom Ashima Shiraishi featured in the New York Times

Ashima Shiraishi’s ascent of Crown of Aragorn (V13) in Hueco Tanks was widely reported by climbing and outdoor media, and now she is getting the attention of major media outlets as well.  Last weekend, she was featured in a lead story in the New York Times, as well as a video featuring her training in New York City and working problems in Hueco.  Despite the propensity of non-climbers to painfully bungle terminology when writing about the sport, this article is very well written.  Click here for the article and video.