Aid climbing

Basic Aid Climbing Leading Technique - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

The Aid Climbing Rant

Chris Kalous gives us the low down on hard aid climbing. In case you don't get it, it's supposed to be a joke! As in funny! So laugh, and stop taking it so seriously. Freakin aid climbers. Sheesh.

Aid Climbing leading on steep terrain - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

How to cam hook when aid climbing - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

How to Big Wall Climb - Basic Aid Climbing Technique

In this SuperTopo how to big wall climb article, Chris McNamara shows the basic technique for moving efficiently move up the piece while aid climbing. For more info on aid climbing and big wall gear, check out

EXCLUSIVE: Pete Whittaker, without a partner, a film about climbing alone.

In this exclusive short film we get an sneak preview at the soon to be released feature film ''Pete Whittaker, without a partner, a film about climbing alone.''
On November the 11th and 12th 2016, Five Ten athlete Pete Whittaker became the first person to rope solo—all free—El Capitan in under 24 hours. He finished the solo in 20 hours 6 minutes, making his ascent both the first of its kind and the first solo-free of El Cap in a day. Rope Solo Free Climbing is a sport that few people know about and even less people do. We join Five Ten climber Pete Whittaker, his long time climbing partner Tom Randall and Big wall solo climbing expert Andy Kirkpatrick as they take us through the paces of what it really means to make a solo-free ascent of El Cap.

“The Problem is if Pete pulled it off, nobody would even get it, nobody would understand how hard it was”… and to do it in a day, is totally insane”. - Andy Kirkpatrick

“The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big wall solo climbing, big wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it's possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast” - Tom Randall

A TWO MUPPETS PRODUCITON.
DIRECTED PRODUCED AND EDITED BY ADAM BAILES CO PRODUCED BY PETE WHITTAKER
CAMERA AND GRAPHICS DUSTIN MOORE

MUSIC - (in order of appearance.)
-Because you hold me tight by Alex Fitch
-Moon Walk by Jii Music
-Bibs by Numeric Handcraft

AZAZEL - Big wall aid-climbing in Pakistan

Azazel is the story of 4 friends who go to Pakistan to put up a new route on the Trango Pulpit, a 6000m peak. They spent 20 days on the wall and it's a great story of friendship.
Featuring, Yann Mimet, Martial Dumas, Sam Beaugey and Jean-Yves Fredriksen.

Azazel c'est l'histoire de 4 copains qui partent au Pakistan et ouvrent une voie qui restera dans leur cœur, sur la chaire de Trango, un 6000m. Yann Mimet, Martial Dumas, Sam Beaugey and Jean-Yves Fredriksen ont passé 20 jours en paroi et Sam a fait une descente un peu moins longue que ses petits camarades...

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How Do You Become The Complete Climber? Jacob Cook Has The Right Idea | Climbing Daily, Ep. 645

British climber Jacob Cook is certainly becoming a great all-rounder, whether solo aid climbing in El Chorro, Spain, or free climbing big walls in Utah, Yosemite and Norway. 2015 was a big year for Jacob, so we caught up with him to talk about some of his more remarkable adventures, including the classic El Cap line Freerider, and a first free ascent of Norway aid line Disco 2000, with the legendary Dave MacLeod and Chris Bevins.

How Do You Become The Complete Climber? Jacob Cook Has The Right Idea | Climbing Daily, Ep. 645

Aid Climbing Strength Training

Hazard 8A5

Vysoké Tatry Veža Veľkého Kostola 2-3.3.2013
Aid climbing in High Tatras

Aid Climbing the Lost Arrow Spire

Part 2: Video of the climb. It is a two pitch C1 aid climb (or 5.12 free), where you'll want a hook, cinches for bolts without hangers, and a wide variety of cams fitting odd shape square piton scars from C4 camalot 0.3 to 5 (20ft offwidth on 1st pitch). Being tall is a plus.
The aid cruxes I believe are the offwidth on pitch 1, and the beginning of the 2nd pitch to reach the bolt ladder.

Aiding Pucker Power A3 - Riverside Quarry

Aid climbing the second pitch of Pucker Power A3 at Riverside Quarry. Very short, 4-5 moves max once you hit the actual wall after an easy slab traverse. Not the most inspiring pro though and rotten rock.

(Free traverse, 1/4 button head, wire hanger on rivet, arrow, fixed RURP, Tomahawk, Hook, Hook, Free move, the monkeys are sending.)

El Cap Tree Epic

I take a whipper leading the El Cap Tree route on aid. I free climb the finish after the fall.

The vid speed is 2x until about the time I fall, then it's in real time.

Move from aid to free climbing on a big wall - How To Big Wall Climb

This video is about move from aid to free

First ever aid climb

February 2016 RRG. I blunder my way up the route Trad Boy Go rated 5.11a. Greg M lead the route aid style, and I came up second.
Caution: Foul language and desperate, unethical climbing
First video made on my new camera, laptop, and software.

How to lower out after a pendulum when aid climbing - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

Following traversing terrain when aid climbing - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

Following / jumaring steep rock when aid climbing - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

Hauling Technique when Aid Climbing - How To Big Wall Climb

A companion to the book How To Big Wall Climb which details how to go from the very basics to the summit of El Capitan.

Reticent Wall – Trailer

One of the world’s most respected alpinists, Slovenian Tomaz Humar solo climbing one of the hardest technical routes in the world, Reticent Wall (A5) on El Capitan at Yosemite.

The Jury at the 2001 Trento Film Festival commented:

‘Tomaz Humar exemplifies the leading edge of today’s alpinism. The film shows both a perspective of super alpinism and difficult technical rock climbing.To solve the most difficult and dangerous aid route on A5 Reticent Wall, on El Cap shows a tenacity and diversity most climbers only aspire to.'

This was the infamous Solvenian's first encounter with granite big-walling, and he became the first non-American to conquer the Reticent Wall. In doing so he faced some adversity, the majority, according to Humar, from local climbers...
'Another problem I encountered was with the local climbers: no one wanted to help me in any way whatsoever, perhaps because I was there for the first time and nevertheless wanted to climb the route solo. They didn't give me any useful information about the route, perhaps because they didn't think I would succeed. I'm proud of the fact that I'm the first European to repeat this route and I must thank the Canadians who, having climbed the route prior to me, were the only ones who gave me precise info about the route.'

Humar was unfailing controversial, and this film of his ascent adds to the history, or mythology surrounding this extremely talented alpinist.

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