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Chockstone Forum - Climbing Videos

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Sao Tome Principe - "Claim Freedom"
martym
16/02/2017
9:40:33 AM

Gareth Leah and Sergio Almada bolt a new big-wall line up the 455m face of vertical volcanic rock Pico Cão Grandé in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Lots of Adidas Logos.
martym
16/02/2017
9:48:06 AM
I came across this video in the latest UK Climbing newsletter - OPINION - Commercialisation: Changing the Face of Climbing by Jonny Dry 13/Feb/2017.

The article has some interesting points - the main being that this video "Celebrates" the bolting process.

My personal opinion is that I am actually impressed by how honest it is - there's more bolting, jugging and logistics than climbing - a reflection of reality? (it's a 15min teaser of the full film apparently)
Gareth Leah says they have 3 weeks to bolt & climb it, and in the end they don't "Red Point" the whole thing - so presumably more than 2 weeks was spent bolting & cleaning (with a chunk of the video demonstrating what happens if your battery charger fails in the jungle!). Once they finish bolting the route and reach the summit, they are celebrating as if they had already climbed the thing!
I was most freaked out by them casually hurling rocks off the cliff edge.

From a consumer-climber like me who appreciates the extraordinary effort route setters go to create amazing multipitches - this is a must see to comprehend what actually goes into it.

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