For those that have always wanted a climbing wall in their living room, but worried it would look a little too dirtbag, now there's the Nova. This stylish new bouldering wall offers a variety of lit, color-specific routes when it's on, and a soft glow that provides a calm ambience when it's off. Lunar, the company that makes the wall, says the Nova "shifts the paradigm of training at home, making it a celebrated activity." We're not sure about all of that, but somebody did spend a lot of time designing this thing.
The North Face released a video of Cory Richards' evacuation from Everest to Lukla, Nepal. The climber was suffering from shortness of breath and doctors feared a pulmonary embolism. He eventually ended up feeling better after receiving tests in a hospital in Kathmandu.
On Wednesday morning, sport climbing phenom Sasha DiGiulian added another hard route to her resume when she sent Era Vella (5.14d), a long, severely overhanging limestone climb established by Chris Sharma in Margalef, Spain. The send, DiGiulian's second of the grade, is the latest in a string of major accomplishments for the 19-year-old Virginia native: in the past year alone, she's become the first American woman to climb a 5.14d route, won the overall gold at the climbing world championships, and captured her third consecutive national sport-climbing title.
In mid-March, Italian climber Michele Caminati took a ground fall from near the top of The New Statesman, a classic, sketchy gritstone route in Ilkley Quarry, Yorkshire, England. He fell about 25 feet, ripping out the micronuts and cams protecting the climb and slamming into a bouldering pad at the bottom. Luckily for Caminati, he walked away with only bruises and a stiff neck, and managed to get over the scare and send the route a week later.
It's not often that you can sign up to learn a sport from some of the best adventure athletes in the world. But next month, three of the world's best climbers will teach their trade at Brooklyn Boulders in New York City. On May 26 and 27, Sasha DiGiulian, Paul Robinson, and Daniel Woods will hold four three-hour clinics. There will be two clinics a day—from 8-11 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.—and the pros will cover everything from technique to power to mental training.
There are only 24 spots for each of the four training sessions, so it would be wise to sign up early. The classes are part of the Pro Clinic Series put on by Professional Climbers International.