Kiehls Sponsorship Video: Breaking Barriers Vertically and Socially in Brazil

19 04 2011

Kiehls: Cross Terrain has sponsored the Brazil Rock Climbing Project, Centro da Escalada da Rocinha (CER).  Check out the video.


Winter Ascent of El Capitan: Zenyatta Mondatta

30 01 2011

After a crazy and hectic 1st semester of business school in LA, I felt an overwhelming desire to get myself involved in something non-urban and anti-corporate.  Over eight days spanning New Years 2011, I met up in Yosemite with two up-and-coming young climbers from Boulder, Cheyne Lempe and Colin Simon.

It had dumped huge amounts of snow in the valley for a week before our arrival.  Huge pieces of ice were breaking off the top of the wall, falling more than two thousand feet before vaporizing on the talus base.  It felt like climbing a big wall in Afghanistan.  For the first few days, I had my doubts about our potential success.

We were alone on El Capitan’s overhanging, frigid granite walls.  Not one other climbing team had dared to face those conditions.  We summited on January 5th at midnight and stumbled 20 feet from the cliff edge to make our bivy in five feet of snow.

The following video is a brief portrayal of our ascent of Zenyata Mondatta (A4 – VI).

Highline in the Sky

29 06 2010

Alex Lowe, Nilton Maia, and I trekked up to the summit of the iconic Pedra da Gavea just south of Rio de Janeiro.  We slept on top which, even in the middle of “winter” and 800 meters above the city, barely required a sleeping bag.  The next day we put up a “highline” which is a slackline spanning a gap.

Slacklining was founded by Yosemite climbers as a way to practice balance and have some fun on rest days in Camp 4.  It is similar to tight rope walking but it is used with a piece of webbing that is pulled super tight.  This gives a large amount of flexibility to the line and allows for much more creativity and flow than a static tight rope would.

Alex Lowe, in deep concentration

Thanks to Alex’s prior reconnaissance, we put up a highline on the summit spanning a 100 foot gap with about 800 meters of air down to the sea and city of Barra da Tijuca.  The setup was a bit tricky but we got it to work out.

Neither Alex nor I have ever tried to walk such a long and high line before.  Practicing between palm trees on the beach, a line of this length would be difficult but not a problem for either of us to walk.  It is amazing what your mind has to overcome to walk a line with as much exposure as this.

We both did our best to walk the line, taking a few falls in the process, but no one was able to make it all the way across.  We may come back this weekend after some further practicing above the soft sand of Ipanema Beach and see if we can adjust the setup and get the line tighter to increase our chances of walking it.

Climbing Pao de Acucar: Video

21 06 2010