As a prolific climber and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, Sam Elias has made his way around the globe and back this past year, nabbing some first ascents, tackling beautiful lines and taking off the beaten path adventures. Here’s a quick look at some of his career highlights from the past year, and a little preview of what’s to come.
Photo credit: Seth Andersen
MARCH 2014 – American Hustle in Oliana, Spain
After spending five weeks in Oliana, Spain working an epic new route, Same nabbed the first ascent of American Hustle (5.14b).
Spring is here! Celebrate making it to Friday by watching some inspiring videos from some of our athletes on rock, snow and raging rivers.
Will Gadd’s Historic Climb Up Frozen Niagara Falls
Will Gadd takes ice climbing to new heights by being the first person ever to ascend the frozen sections of the world’s largest flowing waterfall, Niagara Falls. Take an inside look at the journey behind Gadd’s historic first ascent.
From the Seven Summits to sheer ice faces and the class IV rapids on the Grand Canyon, Erik Weihenmayer has proven that there really is no place too far to explore. He’s circumnavigated the globe countless times on various expeditions, ticking off epic ascents of some of the world’s hardest climbs. While the well known sends and daring river descents make headlines, Erik recently spoke with us about his adventures that stand out for different reasons. The very reasons why we all step into the unknown and seek new adventures.
Erik Weihenmayer, Jeff Evans, and Eric Alexander on the summit of Mt. Everest. Photo Credit: Luis Benitez Continue reading...
With a new 3-day structure and good weather roughly 80 telemarkers put on a wild display on Grand Targhee’s Peaked venues. Snowy skies and good visibility greeted the juniors for Friday’s junior qualifying day and the nearly 40 contestants age 11-18 got two runs to impress the judges and earn the honor to ski in the Saturday finals.
At the heart of any adventurer is the courage to take a leap into the unknown, to explore far and wide, and to set out to achieve what no man or woman has done before. Three such adventurers call themselves the Centennial Skiers, and they fit this bill quite perfectly.
Throughout their home of Colorado resides the 100 highest summits in the state known as the Centennial Peaks; these three Aspen ski mountaineers, Chris Davenport, Christy Mahon, and Ted Mahon, have embarked on an outstanding goal to ski them all.
Happy First Friday Film Fest! See the latest video collection featuring our athletes on big mountain adventures. From V14 sends to Aspen’s big lines and weekending in Vermont, take a break from your day and get stoked for the weekend.
Spring Time Big Lines: Hunter Hayden Linkup
Jake Sakson and Paul Kimbrough, of Beans and Rice Free Ride, knock off two of Aspen’s big lines in a single push, skiing the East face of Hunter (13,497′) and the West face of Ski Hayden (13,300′). Both lines are 3,500′ of non stop leg screaming fun and offer steep open faces, reminiscent of Alaska style shredding. Continue reading...
Between ski patrolling full time on Aspen Mountain, training for skimo and racing, SCARPA athlete, Max Taam, rarely has a day out of ski boots all winter and spring. And the 2015 ISMF World Championship in Switzerland this February was no different. This was the fourth Worlds for the 32-year-old representing the US National Team, where he and John Gaston placed an impressive 15th in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.
Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi
How does it feel to come home with another ABS National Title?
A: I was very excited and honored to place first at ABS Nationals this year. This was my 9th ABS National Championship Title. Every year there are more youngsters in the finals and they are sooo strong. And every year it gets harder to win, But I’m definitely going to keep trying my hardest to be the best I can! Continue reading...
I had never been cheered on by a flash mob at the crag until my first visit to Trout Creek, Oregon’s splitter crack-climbing mecca. Trout doesn’t have a single protection bolt and it sits in the middle of nowhere, approached via a mile of riverside hiking, and an 800’ uphill trudge. Maybe the shared challenge ofgetting to the wall, let alone climbing there, puts everyone in a mood to encourage their fellow climber on the sharp end.