Monthly Archives: March 2017

Fabian Buhl’s First Ascent of Ganesha (8c/5.14b)

Fabian Buhl is a 26 year old German climber who previously made the 2nd ascent of Alexander Huber’s Nirwana (8c+/5.14c). This inspired Fabian to notch his own first ascent in a similar style; a ground-up rope solo for a 7-pitch line to the right of Nirwana. He went on to name the route Ganesa (8c/5.14b) after the elephant-headed Hindu god […]

Member Spotight: Michael

Michael Holmes has been climbing with Vertical Rock for 3+ years. “Two of my sons invited me.  The only problem is I was afraid of heights.  After a couple weeks of mulling it over, I went with them.  The first climb was hard, but I eventually realized that I have ropes and equipment that I […]

WW: Margo Hayes

Margo Hayes is back for our Woman Wednesday. Remember when she became the first woman to climb a confirmed 9 a+/5.15a a few weeks ago? Now you can check out her history making ascent of La Rambla… Margo Hayes  –   Instagram – Facebook

Member Spotight: Cindy

Cindy Cariens has been climbing with Vertical Rock for 2 years. “A friend suggested I try rock climbing. The first time I stood in front of a rock wall I asked, “Ok, what do I do?”, and I’ve never looked back. Unlike most beginner climbers, I started with bouldering and it’s what I like the […]

Remembering Royal Robbins

Robbins, born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is known for paving the way for American rock climbing. He made first ascents of many big wall routes in Yosemite but is also known to be one of the first to speak on clean climbing. Here’s how his vision for climbing translated into a successful business…

Dalia Ojeda: The Eight-Pitch La Directa de L’amistad

Dalia Ojeda first got into climbing at 18 years old when her hometown hosted a climbing competition. After gaining several years of experience, Dalia made the move to Catalonia, considered one of the best areas in the world for rock climbing. Watch Dalia take on the eight-pitch La Directa de L’amistad (5.13b)… Daila Ojeda – Facebook   […]

WW: 1st Place for Ashima Shiraishi

Remember Ashima Shiraishi? The 15 year old phenom has gone and done it again, claiming 1st prize at the 2017 U.S. Sport Open National Championship. This was her first time competing in the open national championships. “It is an honor to hold this title and to have competed against some of the world’s most talented climbers such as [Margo […]

Pete Whittaker Rope Solos El Capitan

The climb began on November 11 and completed on the 12th making Pete Whittaker the first person to ever rope solo (all free) El Capitan in under 24 hours. To grasp the magnitude, Whittaker had to free climb, abseil, and jumar each pitch, essentially covering the ground three times. Now imagine having to do cover the […]