Traditional climbing

Building Your Trad Climbing Rack | Climbing Daily Ep.861

On this week’s Friday Gear Show, Matt was unleashed on the EpicTV Shop’s big wall of shiny gear to pick some items that you might need for your trad rack. There is a vast array of gear out there designed to fit into every size crack or hole, but we are focusing on the first few items you need. Remember to comment below with your trad rack set up for you're chance to win a Wild Country Friend. If you want to check out the gear in the video, click the links below:

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Building Your Trad Climbing Rack | Climbing Daily Ep.861

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Glenmore Lodge - How to trad climb

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Al Halewood takes you through all the important things you need to know about traditional lead climbing.

Danger: Louis Parkinson Tries Trad Climbing

Yes that's right, on part three of our Louis Vs Canada series he has a go at trad climbing. Usually known for powerful dynos, without using his feet, how will Louis cope with crack climbing and fiddly trad gear?

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Essentials of Climbing: Trad Climbing

Trad is short for traditional climbing, or the very origins of the sport where determined men figured out how to attack sheer rock faces with harnesses, ropes and pitons. In this fun and informative video, Eastern Mountain Sports Brand Ambassador and professional climber Joe Kinder breaks down the evolution of trad climbing with a special emphasis on how far the gear has advanced. Special thanks to TNF athlete Emily Harrington for showing the world how trad climbing is done.

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Little Corner - Multipitch Trad Climb in Linville Gorge, NC

Summer Solstice In Wales - A Trad Climbing Journey

The idea was simple, four super strong rock climbers on a trad-climbing trip to South Wales.

Jacopo Larcher, Barbara Zangerl, Roland Hemetzberger and Lara Neumeier head to Pembroke, a stunning coastline climbing venue with some very hard and beautiful Trad routes. Each one of them will find their personal project and battle for the send putting aside fear and adverse conditions.

The long days of the summer solstice in North Europe helps their desire for exploring, climbing and having fun with friends.

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Summer Solstice In Wales - A Trad Climbing Journey


Kevin Jorgeson on the 2nd ascent of one of England's hard traditional routes, The Groove E11. From the full-length film PROGRESSION, available at

How to lead a trad route

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Guide To Great British Climbing In South West England

The Latest EpicTV Choice Cuts explores the best climbing spots the south west of England has to offer. We follow Tom Newberry and Jenna Goddard as they battle the British summer, travelling to Portland to check out some sport climbing, followed by trad at Sharpnose in Cornwall. Staying in Cornwall, the next stop on their tour is the classic crystalline granite trad of Sennen. Next on the agenda is Ansteys Cove in south Devon, for some hard sport routes.
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Climbing Stolen Chimney 5.10 on Ancient Art Spire (Gopro)

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Rock Climbing Stolen Chimney 5.10 on Ancient Art at Fisher Towers in Castle Valley, just outside of Moab, Utah... The whole climb was very easy and we found that there was ample protection on all pitches.. The first pitch is sport, the second is trad.. (I just threw in a cam and about three hexes), and the rest is sport climbing. It's a super popular climb, so get there EARLY and beat the crowds. Most iconic summit you will ever do.
April 13, 2013.

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Hazel Findlay, Spice Girl. First Female E9 - Scary!

Hazel Findlay became the first woman to climb a British E9 (hard and scary!) with her ascent of Once Upon A Time In The Southwest, near Devon, UK. This is an excerpt from the REEL ROCK 8 Film SPICE GIRL, presented by Sterling Rope. Buy RR8 on DVD or HD Dowload here: Featuring music by The Gaucho + The Gremlin, SACW, and Abel Okugawa.

Hamish's big fall on future tense

Hamish Ousby's big fall when trying to tick Future Tense 26 (12b) as Frog Buttress. This is the result of what can happen when multiple pieces of gear fail for entirely different reasons.

1st biner was nose clipped and over an edge
2nd C3 00 cam was placed badly and pulled
3rd long sling was sucked up towards and unclipped by the 2nd piece.

Hazel Findlay’s Secret To Freeing El Cap - 'Just Try' | Cedar Wright Climbing Reels, Ep. 7

Hazel Findlay is not just one of the best and boldest female trad climbers around, she's one of the best regardless of gender. But, what makes Hazel truly special is her down-to-earth personality, which shines through in this video. Join Cedar Wright as he follows Hazel up two of her hardest sends in Yosemite Valley; 'The Book of Hate' (5.13+) and the second ascent of 'The Pre-Muir' (5.13+) on El Capitan. Beyond the climbing, Cedar also gives us a look into what makes Hazel tick: what it's like to be a female in a predominately male sport, what it's like to make your living from climbing, what motivates Hazel as a climber, and what it's like to have your pick of the boys.

Hazel Findlay’s Secret To Freeing El Cap - 'Just Try' | Cedar Wright Climbing Reels, Ep. 7
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Graceful Climbing Fall on Trad

A lead fall taken in 2011 at Smith Rock. Watch out for that ankle around the rope!

How to rack for trad climbing with Beth Rodden

Beth Rodden shares her system for racking for long trad climbing routes. For more climbing tricks and tips visit Beth's Wall at

Joe Möhle climbs Life Enhancement program, F8a+ on gear...

In this video we see South African climber Joe Möhle make the first Trad ascent of a sport route that he bolted at a sandstone sport crag, The Hole, near Cape Town.
The route, called Life Enhancement program, is F8a+ to climb on bolts, and involves a really steep and impressive bit of roof climbing - placing a cam from double toe hooks whilst hanging completely upside down.
The Hole crag is one of a few steep sandstone sport crags that surround Cape Town, an area with exceptional climbing in a beautiful setting.
Many thanks for this video to Outward Ventures (Wild Country's South African distributor) and especially to Jonathan Joseph who made the video and Garth McIntosh the editor....cheers guys!

Don't Show this to Your Mom.

Scary rock climbing fall on a route called Disco Machine Gun in Indian Creek.

Top 3 Trad Climbs Of 2014 | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 408

On today's show we're running down our top 3 trad climbs of 2014 and unsurprisingly that means more than one visit to the UK. Up first however is Italian climber Jacopo Larcher who secures third place this year for his repeat of the Beat Kammerlander route 'Prinzip Hoffnung (8b/+ E9/10) on the Bürser Platte at Vorarlberg, Austria. Mountain Blog were on hand to capture Jacopo in action on this fiercely technical test piece. ( Taking the runner up position is James Pearson who made a mental and physical comeback when he decided to return to the UK and repeat Dave McLeod's 'Rhapsody' E11, a route which he had publicly criticised in his youth. An undeniably great effort, but first place for 2014 goes to peak strong man and 'wideboy' Pete Whittaker who, in March this year, added a direct start to his 2013 route Baron Greenback at Wimberry Rocks. Already considered by many to be one of the last great lines on grit, Pete's direct start upped the ante both in terms of difficulty and danger. Thanks to Wild Country for the use of their footage:

Top 3 Trad Climbs Of 2014 | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 408

Chris Schulte: Back to Trad

Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Schulte has spent a lot of time bouldering in Indian Creek over the past few years. He always knew he would come back around to trad climbing, but didn't expect it to happen through bouldering. In a homecoming-kind-of-feeling, Chris comes back around to trad climbing in the Creek, putting up new hard trad lines for the first time in 15 years.

Czech Trad Climbing - 150 Feet With No Metal Pro

Trad Czech climbing. Climbers do not use bolts, hexes, cams, friends and chalk. They are protected only by knots tied on small pieces of rope placed inside cracks. Climber here missed all six bolts on his way up! He placed more than 10 knots as protection.
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