VIDEO: Bear Grylls - Master of Movement...by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Apr/2012
This news story has been read 30,088 times
And sometimes we get sent other material.
Here's the press release to go with this video of Bear Grylls:
"Exclusive: New extreme footage of Bear Grylls:
Extreme mountain climbing icon Bear Grylls chose to summit the iconic Tombstone Rock in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT. The 350-ft sheer cliff face offered a chance for the adventurer to practice his climbing skills which he learned from his father as a boy and to reconnect with his roots."
We recognised the route Bear is climbing, it's called Rigor Mortis, and is graded 5.9 C2, and was first climbed by Brit Paul Ross.
Paul, now in his 70's, climbed the route back in 2003, when he was in his early 60's. Paul is a true climbing legend, having added over 500 new routes to crags and towers on the Utah sandstone.
We contacted Paul and showed him the video of Bear, which he thought was hilarious. He told us that the first ascent had included a fair amount of aid; "as with such sandstone climbs, bits were sandy and loose", he said.
In this video we see Bear running to the crag wearing mountaineers coils, jumping around on some rocks on the approach (which is a whopping 3 minute walk from the car park...), 'climbing' in some ill-fitting approach shoes, using a rope and gear (kind of) but topping out on his desert tower with some sort of short coil trailing behind him, and we also liked the black abseil/top-rope almost hidden from view when he is on the nice looking crack at 1:43. Bear - here's a tip - put your feet in the crack mate.
The video is part of the 'masters of movement' series. Ahem.
Tonight's Friday Night Video is another great piece of work from UKC user David Linnett of Bald Eagle Productions. Climber... Read more
Over the hill? The wrong side of 40? Too many birthdays? Age is often used as an excuse to slow down and pursue less adventurous... Read more
British Expat Climbs 500th New Route on Utah Sandstone, USA Paul Ross started climbing back in 1953, soloing easier climbs... Read more
Whilst the debate continues about the top down prepared route on Half Dome and for some its too many bolts (UKC news item) an... Read more