multi pitch climbing

Catherine Destivelle free soloing El Matador (5.10d 5 pitches 250′) Devil’s Tower, Wyoming - look ma, no hands

photo: Beth Wald

This climb went from trad solo to free solo half way up the route. Very bold!

setting up self-belay at the base…

a kink in the rope jamming the belay device…

untying the rope and letting go…

…free soloing to the top!


First ascent team, El Capitan, Yosemite. 1964, Tom Frost, Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Yvon Chouinard

“I failed on a climbing problem eight times before realizing I was climbing as high as I knew I could and then letting go. On my next try I climbed with no thought of failure and reached the top. We cannot know what we can do in advance. The only way to find out is to go all-out trying, thinking only of success.” -Royal Robbins 


The late Dean Potter free soloing Easy Rider on El Cap, Yosemite

I don’t know what spiritual means, but I do know that I feel connected to the other people in the world, the earth, the animals. That’s what I pursue in all the things I do–to become closer to what is inside of me and how that is inside of everything. In the collective consciousness of the world and all of its lifeforms. I mostly want what’s great for everybody, and I’d hope to be recognized as a good person, someone who is hoping to do good things in life and to help the people that I’m close to live their dreams.

photo: Mikey Schaefer


Chris Sharma & Stefan Glowacz rappelling into one of the largest known cave chambers, a spooky abyss called Majlis al Jinn—The Meeting Place of Genies, in Oman & completed a first ascent of Into the Light (13 pitches, 5.14a). At 13 pitches, this is one of the biggest roof climb.

photo: Klaus Fengler

Annatina Schultz climbing The Fall on Klettern in Meiringen, Switzerland (photo: Robert Bosch)

Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”
― Terence McKenna