This week's Friday Night Video is the quintessential bouldering film: Rampage. Released in 1999, it features a youthful, 19-year-old Chris Sharma roaming around the American west with friends Obe Carrion, Josh Lowell and Brett Lowell. Travelling in an old RV, the team visit emerging bouldering areas and establish hundreds of problems over a two month period. Rampage was one of the first films by climbing film giants Josh and Brett Lowell, who have gone on to be part of the team responsible for the Reel Rock Tour.
Disappointed to miss out on 2020 IFSC competition action? The season might be up in the air, but UKC will be bringing you In Isolation: a weekly socially-distant chat show which will hopefully go some way to giving you a fill of past-season action, with fond memories of former World Cup events and some famous faces as guests.
Our first episode reflects on the 2019 Meiringen Boulder World Cup - which ordinarily would have taken place once again this weekend - and we have finalist Oceana Mackenzie along to chat about the women's event. Find out why Meiringen has become such a popular stop on the IFSC circuit, and how Oceana fared in her first ever World Cup final.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the climbing competition calendar - including the postponement of multiple IFSC events and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - the IOC has approved an appeal by the IFSC to switch Speed climbing for fingerboarding given the current explosion of the discipline and the lack of access to the homologated Speed route for athletes.
As parents across the globe struggle to keep their kids educated and entertained while schools are closed, Bournemouth-based dad-of-two David Bryant came up with an idea. He recently posted a video on Facebook of a stay-at-home maths lesson in the garden. Using a makeshift climbing wall on the side of his shed, David has been teaching his two young daughters numbers, maths and the alphabet using climbing as a tool for learning and to keep them occupied during lockdown.
One week into lockdown and the UKC/UKH staff are starting to climb the walls. We're taking solace in the fact that the hills will be there when we emerge. Meanwhile there's an abundance of online films to help us plan our next adventure. If you can't get lost in the hills, get lost in this selection of films: