Yuji Hirayama in Jogasaki, Japan
Numbers sometimes hide important and interesting facts, so we shouldn’t focus too much on a grade or number of attempts. For me personally, what I like is what you imagine about a route, the process you undergo to climb it, your motivation.
photo: Eddie Gianelloni
'Blade Runner' for The New Republic
For an article about Oscar Pistorius. The author was making a point that in South Africa there is a culture of fear. Apartheid brainwashed most white citizens to think they were constantly at risk of attack or robbery. Many in South Africa cling to guns because they live constantly afraid and put themselves inside a shell. So essentially, Pistorius either murdered his girlfriend because he meant to, or apparently in a fit of racist fear killed her by accident.
She loved the sea only for the sake of its storms, and the green only when it was scattered among ruins.Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history.
…and That’s the Record!