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 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

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.

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

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

This video is about move from aid to free

Hazard 8A5

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

How To Make A Big Wall Cordalette by Chris McNamara - How To Big Wall Climb

How To Make a 4 Piece Big Wall / Traditional Climbing Cordalette by Chris McNamara for SuperTopo - How To Big Wall Climb

WINGS OF WARREN A4 Whitney Portal

Aid Climbing

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.

Available to download and rent from the SteepEdge website:

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.)

Big Wall Rock Climbing, El Capitan

Big Wall Rock Climbing, El Capitan, Yosemite
Pass the Pitons Pete solo climbs Native Son.

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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.

Yosemite, Iron Hawk Part 4

Big wall climb Iron Hawk on El Capitan. Day 2, shows the knife blade traverse from both sides. This is footage for big wall video that was never produced.
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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.

Tips And Tricks For Big Wall Climbing | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 518

For many climbers the prospect of one day topping out a big wall climb can seem like an unattainable goal. The logistical and technical skills involved are undeniably daunting and this alone can be enough to put off the uninitiated. With this in mind, we caught a big wall climbing class at the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy where Marc-Andre Leclerc, Brette Harrington and Paul McSorley walked us through some big wall basics. Join us in this video as we discover what cams are best for aiding, the hardest part of assembling a portaledge and how to keep yourself 'entertained' on those long lonely nights on the wall. We'll be bringing you highlights of the Arc'teryx Academy all this week, so don't forget to tune in as we take classes in ice climbing, rock climbing technique and grab interviews with some of the biggest names in the sport.
Tips And Tricks For Big Wall Climbing | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 518

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.

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