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Colorado-based National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski captured Emily Harrington navigating the endless stalactite scales of “Red Dragon” (5.13d) on Moon Hill in Yangshuo, China.

Tatiana Jasinsky, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario. Photo: Scott Parent

One small light makes a big difference in the dark: Jesse Martin in Pachydream Cave, part of the Heavy Breather system—the deepest cave in North America. Photo: Francois-Xavier De Ruydts

#caving #spelunking #pachydreamcave #heavybreather

On top of the strapless revolution. No boarding in the Whistler backcountry. Photo: Mason Mashon (@mason_mashon)

A precipitous ocean of pink sandstone looms upward for hundreds of metres, an occasional roof poking out far enough to keep the wall’s bottom dry even during a deluge. Jeremy Collins and Pat Goodman climb a preternatural mesa in Venezuela.

Photo: James Q Martin (@jamesqmartin)

Cyclists follow the bed of an old French railway through a limestone gorge in rural Vietnam. Photo: Aaron Teasdale

Curtis Saunders and Mike Jones, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. Photo: Jordan Manley (@jordanmanleyphoto)

"I often wonder what my own environmental impact is when I go to a remote area. Near Hakai Pass, we discover Namu, a once prosperous community of 300 people and an abandoned cannery. Now everything is rotten and leaking; forgotten boats, buildings and oils, asbestos, old industrial batteries and garbage slowly leaching into the pristine Pacific ecosystem and the Great Bear Rainforest. We paddle on, wondering what Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is doing about it, but also knowing the answer – nothing.” —JF Plouffe (@jfplouffe) Photo: Chris Christie (@christieimages)

From the feature "Hakai Crossing: A 240-Kilometre Paddleboard Mission from Snow to Surf"

#sup #paddleboard #hakai #adventure #expedition #explore #mountainlife

John Salath, a Swiss immigrant blacksmith, and mechanically-savvy father of big-wall climbing first nailed and drilled his way up the flawless granite of El Capitan in 1947. Anyone who wanted to follow his footsteps and claim their own wall had to BYO hand-made pitons. Jerry Gallwas taught himself to pound them out on an abandoned anvil he’d found in the desert and dragged home. Bill “Dolt” Feuerer, an aerospace engineer, made “stove leg” pitons—quite literally from stoves.

@patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, is legendary for being self-taught in metalsmithing and producing affordable climbing gear he then sold out of the back of his truck. This kind of hardware availability began the democratization of the sport, ushering in the Golden Age of Yosemite over the following decade. Until that point, as Fidelman says, “if you didn’t have a toolmaker, you couldn’t climb.” From our Feature 'When Stone Speaks', by Lisa Richardson (@pembygrl) available to read online now. Link in profile.

Photo: Dean Fidelman

#yosemite #elcapitan #climbing #pitons #tools #history

The deadline for entries has been extended. Check the link in profile for more details.

The Whistler Film Festival (@whisfilmfest) and Mountain Life have teamed up for the Adventure Film Series Photo Competition as part of the Adventure Film Series taking place May 19-21.

The contest is open to all ages and the top ten photos will be determined by an online, social voting system channel through WFF’s Facebook page with the winning photo and runner ups to be selected by a Mountain Life jury. The winner will be announced on the final night of the series on May 21.

#whistlerfilmfestival #whistlerfilmfest

From the archives: Brett Rheeder, sand jump, Newmarket, Ontario, 2014. Photo: Marc Landry

Trevor Hunt attempting a first descent on Yerupaja (6,635m), Peru’s second highest peak. Photo: Koky Castenada

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