Last year, Shel­don Neill and Col­in Dele­han­ty put togeth­er an amaz­ing edit of Yosemite Nation­al Park. We were blown away by the mes­mer­iz­ing time-lapse footage that trans­port­ed you to a world where nature pre­vails above all else, and is dic­tat­ed by noth­ing but the pas­sage of time. 

Once again, the duo has cre­at­ed a film so riv­et­ing and gor­geous in scope that its vision seems sur­re­al. Let Yosemite HD II take you even fur­ther into the depths of one of the most spec­tac­u­lar play­grounds on earth. 

Some­times, sit­ting back and see­ing how your pas­sions are viewed from anoth­er per­spec­tive can be refresh­ing. Watch this hilar­i­ous video that pret­ty much sums up the life of a road­ie in just 27 easy steps. Even if you’re train­ing for the Paris-Roubaix you’d be hard pressed not to crack a smile. Enjoy!

Famous astro­naut, and sec­ond per­son to ever walk on the moon’s sur­face, Buzz Aldrin, nar­rates this gor­geous com­pi­la­tion of inspir­ing moments from the vaults of Team North Face. Watch in amaze­ment then ask your­self what makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck, what gets you so amped you can hard­ly sleep at night, and what push­es you to the lim­its of your possibility. 

Ski­ing and snow­board­ing can offer an amaz­ing sense of free­dom. This video cap­tures that free­dom with an aplomb reserved for only the most con­fi­dent of indi­vid­u­als. Watch this amaz­ing seg­ment from Val­hal­la, the game-chang­ing ski video from Sweet­grass Pro­duc­tions, and be amazed as these devot­ed skiers and snow­board­ers carve turns, flip through the air, bomb pil­low lines, and crash and burn as nature intended.…..NAKED! 

urge-featuredThe Urge Down-O-Mat­ic offers all the com­forts of a light­weight XC hel­met in a full-cov­er­age design. Opt­ing to replace heav­ier glass fibers that typ­i­cal­ly make up the man­u­fac­ture of full-face hel­mets, Urge has incor­po­rat­ed an envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly veg­etable fiber which has close char­ac­ter­is­tics to glass and car­bon fab­rics with the Down-O-Mat­ic. This makes the over­all con­struc­tion extreme­ly strong while dras­ti­cal­ly reduc­ing weight.

Large air vents are placed intu­itive­ly through­out the sleek design, which makes this hel­met super-breath­able even on the hottest days. If you do hap­pen to break a sweat, no prob­lem, Urge’s cus­tom-built lin­ers can be removed and they’re com­plete­ly wash­able, so you can fresh­en this bad boy up when­ev­er the stank starts to set in. Com­fort­able, cus­tomiz­able, and pro­tec­tive, the Urge Down-O-Mat­ic is ready to charge your favorite lines then beg for more. 

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julbo-goggles-featured2The Jul­bo The Wom­en’s Eclipse gog­gle is designed for the seri­ous ski­er or board­er who wants to kick it up a notch. Sized specif­i­cal­ly to fit a fem­i­nine pro­file, and shaped to be lux­u­ri­ous­ly com­fort­able, the sleek frame sub­tly wraps the con­tours of the face to pro­vide you with just the right amount of protection.

Jul­bo has been pio­neer­ing inno­v­a­tive lens tech­nol­o­gy for moun­taineers since 1888, and the Zebra lens fea­tured in the Eclipse is their crown­ing achieve­ment. It seam­less­ly adapts to chang­ing light in a mat­ter of sec­onds, offer­ing you the best vision pos­si­ble with­out the need to ever change out lens­es. Fur­ther­more, you’ll ben­e­fit from a fog-free ride thanks to well placed air vents and a laser per­me­at­ed anti-fog coating.

So next time you wake up to a fore­cast of cloudy with a chance of meat­balls, reach for your Eclipse and know that you’ll have what­ev­er moth­er nature throws your way secure­ly and com­fort­ably han­dled, all while look­ing good too. 

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Paul Smith has been a fash­ion icon for the past 40 years and is best known for cre­at­ing clas­sic Menswear with a touch of the unexpected.

Sebas­t­ian Ros­set-Mon­taz is a French film­mak­er who com­bines the unex­pect­ed worlds of alpine moun­taineer­ing with cir­cus troops in his ground­break­ing and beau­ti­ful extreme films.

Seems only nat­ur­al that the two would pair up to cre­ate this video, in which slack­lin­ers prac­tice their art thou­sands of feet off the ground in the French Alps—all while wear­ing noth­ing but Paul Smith skivvies…..What! Take a look for yourself. 

Cyclocross sea­son is upon us! Check out this awe­some video of guys that are most cer­tain­ly more badass than you are. Watch as they huck their bikes and them­selves into swift-run­ning rivers, tum­ble down grassy slopes, and push to their phys­i­cal lim­its, all the while rac­ing on old school rigs that could­n’t weigh-in at less than 50 lbs. apiece. The com­men­tary is top-notch too, and as they heck­le and jeer the rac­ers on, you’ll be count­ing your lucky stars that your local week­end race pro­mot­er takes pity on you and does­n’t design cours­es near­ly as treach­er­ous as this one. 

climbing-smith-rock-4Smith Rock is a climber’s par­adise. When you descend the wind­ing trail that takes you toward its mes­mer­iz­ing cliffs, you real­ize you’re some­place spe­cial. The crag­gy out­crops seem like they’ve been trans­port­ed from a fairy tale and the Crooked Riv­er mean­ders in a per­fect bend around the for­ma­tion, cradling the val­ley in the com­fort of an old friend. The warm and invit­ing ancient ambiance makes you want to stay. And after my first vis­it there in 2003 that’s exact­ly what I did.

From 2005 to 2010 I spent my sum­mers work­ing for Chock­stone Climb­ing Guides, lead­ing brave clients of all abil­i­ties over and up the crag­gy play­ground. By 2012, I had left Cen­tral Ore­gon for Port­land and start­ed work­ing as a copy­writer for The Clymb. When we launched Clymb Adven­tures in Decem­ber 2013 I knew I had to bring my two worlds together.

The adult climb­ing camp run by Chock­stone Climb­ing Guides at Smith Rock is one The Clym­b’s most pop­u­lar offer­ings. Last week, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to head back to my old stomp­ing grounds and par­tic­i­pate for a day. No longer a Chock­stone guide, I had the ben­e­fit of view­ing the expe­ri­ence from the out­side, as a Port­land-based climber and as an offi­cial hawk­er of the ser­vice. All bias­es and clichés aside: it rocked.

I work in the out­door and adven­ture trav­el indus­try because I dig help­ing peo­ple get out­side and expe­ri­ence the places I love. And there is almost nowhere on this plan­et I’d rather be climb­ing than at Smith Rock. 

Here are the top 5 rea­sons why you will love climb­ing there too:

climbing-smith-rock-11. World-class routes: Steeped in tra­di­tion, Smith Rock is home to some of the best climb­ing in the uni­verse. The vol­canic weld­ed tuff is known for its tech­ni­cal edges, cryp­tic sequences, and fore­arm-pump­ing enduro-routes. For the tra­di­tion­al climber, Smith has a wide array of mul­ti-pitch lines that range from mod­er­ate to puck­er­ing, and you can climb laser-cut cracks for days in the basalt won­der­land of the low­er gorge.


2. Dirt­bag Del­i­ca­cies: Chock­stone guides know how to whip up a meal. The menu includes every­thing from spicy cur­ries to three-course Ital­ian spreads. One of my favorite parts of being a guide for Chock­stone was at the end of the day, when we got to sit down and share good food and bet­ter beer with cool clients in the great out­doors. 


3. The Best Guides Ever: These guys are pro. Not only will they keep you well fed, buy they’ll also keep you safe while show­ing you the best that Smith has to offer. Ever tun­neled through basalt caves or copped a view of Gold­en eagles pick­ing off prey? There’s a lot more than just world-class climb­ing at Smith Rock. 


4. A Room With a View: The high desert of Cen­tral Ore­gon is pris­tine and wild. My favorite evening chore was watch­ing shoot­ing stars till I could­n’t keep my eyes open any longer. You’ll fall asleep as the coy­otes howl at the moon after a long day of sam­pling all the dif­fer­ent tastes of Smith.


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5. Awe­some Peo­ple: Smith Rock draws climbers of vary­ing abil­i­ties from across the world to hone their skills on its mas­sive walls. Their shared love of stone leads to impromp­tu tent-com­mu­ni­ties of like-mind­ed climbers who want noth­ing more than to sit around and talk rock. Dur­ing the day, you will enjoy some of the best climb­ing the coun­try has to offer with your new friends as the guides take you to secret stash­es all through­out the park. At night you will toast your suc­cess­es over spe­cial­ly select­ed Ore­gon micro-brews.

I have to stop rem­i­nisc­ing now oth­er­wise I might end up burn­ing through the rest of my vaca­tion days to go back!

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4‑Day Smith Rock Climb­ing School — Book it

Yosemite Nation­al Park is an out­doors lover’s par­adise. Best known for its mag­nif­i­cent water­falls, the park con­sists of over 1,200 square miles of untamed wilder­ness rife with giant sequoias, deep val­leys, soar­ing cliffs, and sprawl­ing meadows.

Watch this amaz­ing video that cap­tures the mag­ic of Yosemite and find out why she lures over 3.7 mil­lion peo­ple through her gates each sea­son. You’ll be blown away by the time-lapse footage fea­tured in this inspir­ing edit cap­tured by Shel­don Neill and Col­in Dele­han­ty as part of the duo’s long­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive project, Project Yosemite.

We’re excit­ed about their upcom­ing film, Yosemite HD II

Black Diamond Stone Glove

black-diamond-stone-glove-featuredWhether you’re jug­ging on El Cap or belay­ing at the gym you’ll be stoked on the extra pro­tec­tion pro­vid­ed by the Stone Glove from Black Dia­mond. Built from all-nat­ur­al goat leather, these gloves are extreme­ly sup­ple and require hard­ly any break-in, if at all. They’re rein­forced in the palm and knuck­les as well, and KEVLAR stitch­ing can stand up to the most rugged abuse.

Not only do these gloves pro­vide pro­tec­tion, but they also pro­vide dex­ter­i­ty as well. Grasp­ing cara­bin­ers, unty­ing knots, and deal­ing with slings is a breeze thanks to the 3/4‑finger design. Hook and loop clo­sure ensures a snug fit at the cuffs and there’s a spa­cious clip-in point that will eas­i­ly accept a lock­ing bin­er, allow­ing you to secure­ly hang them from your har­ness when not in use. All these fea­tures add up to a well-round­ed glove that’s suit­able for years of ver­ti­cal adventures.

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Check out this sweet video of South African Nation­al Down­hill champ Tiaan Oden­daal giv­ing a sneak peak of the 2013 Elite Worlds Cham­pi­onships Down­hill track. He casu­al­ly gives beta for the course as he’s fly­ing at Mach speed, and even unex­pect­ed­ly jumps over a truck at minute mark 3:08.

On August 26 through Sep­tem­ber 1st, the best moun­tain bike rid­ers from all over the world will descend onto these spe­cial­ly built cours­es for the MTB World Cham­pi­onships and dawn the col­ors of their nation to com­pete in what is arguably the biggest cycling event of the year. And even though this is big news for moun­tain bik­ers, many pro­fes­sion­al rid­ers in Amer­i­ca sim­ply can­not afford to trav­el over­seas to rep­re­sent their coun­try due to state­side rac­ing restrictions. 

SHO-AIR Inter­na­tion­al, the trade show and event logis­tics coor­di­nat­ing com­pa­ny that is also a proud spon­sor of the Can­non­dale pro cycling team has pledged to donate $100 of assis­tance to each of the 35 cyclists select­ed by the USAC. In addi­tion, they’ve also cre­at­ed a grass­roots fundrais­ing cam­paign on gofundme.com. This effort has gained trac­tion and raised more than $19,000 for these world-class ath­letes, help­ing to keep the dream alive. Inter­est­ed in find­ing out more? Click Here to learn more. 

Watch this incred­i­ble video of BASE jumper extra­or­di­naire Mario Richard doing what seems to be the impos­si­ble. After jump­ing off a remote desert tow­er in the Utah wilder­ness, Richard exe­cutes a per­fect land­ing onto the sum­mit of the King­fish­er, anoth­er iso­lat­ed desert tow­er. Then, amaz­ing­ly repacks his para­chute and jumps off the King­fish­er, pass­ing a crew of desert ath­letes mid-flight. What you see in the inter­im can only touch the sur­face of the tight knit crew that lives and plays in unique ways among the sand­stone cliffs.

This past Mon­day, while push­ing the bound­aries of his sport, Richard died while wing­suit fly­ing in the Dolomite moun­tain range of Italy. He was a true pio­neer and had logged over 7,000 sky dives and 2,000 BASE jumps. Richard’s hum­ble atti­tude, lov­ing per­son­al­i­ty, and pas­sion for flight touched thou­sands of peo­ple along the way.

Here’s to you Mario. C’est La Vie! 

Vestal Monte Carlo watchThe Vestal Monte Car­lo is an under­stat­ed achieve­ment. The hood is built from sol­id min­er­al crys­tal but what lies beneath is what real­ly gives this baby oomph. Pre­ci­sion com­po­nents col­lide to give you an expe­ri­ence so smooth and nat­ur­al it’ll feel like you’re wear­ing a sec­ond skin. And it’s big.

Keep track of two sep­a­rate time zones with the ana­log and dig­i­tal inter­face. Say you’re root­ed in Port­land, Ore­gon, but need to be on-point for when the Asia-Pacif­ic stock mar­ket opens. No prob­lem. Los­ing your­self in the great out­doors and need to be remind­ed of an impor­tant date? You’re cov­ered. Use the inte­grat­ed alarm to tip you off.

After work and play, take this beau­ty out to the bars and be more irre­sistible than Roger Moore. The retro styling ensures this clas­sic time­piece will nev­er lose its appeal, and a sexy green glow illu­mi­nates the back­ground when the lights are dim. Pair with a gold chain for max­i­mum effect. The Monte Car­lo is sure to purr like a kit­ten through all your life’s adventures. 

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Valhalla

This incred­i­ble trail­er hits you like a face-full of fresh pow­der. With “VALHALLA,” Sweet­grass Pro­duc­tion Com­pa­ny dares to break new ground with­in the ski and snow­board video indus­try. Beau­ti­ful imagery and nar­ra­tion col­lide along­side amaz­ing footage of huge big-moun­tain rid­ing on remote peaks in Alas­ka and British Columbia.

Like a shaman on a vision quest, you’ll see things you nev­er thought pos­si­ble. So shat­ter your view of real­i­ty on what an action sports video can be and take a cos­mic ride through the back­coun­try of your mind. 

VALHALLA pre­miers Sep­tem­ber 13th, 2013 at the Para­mount The­ater in Den­ver, CO 

Score tick­ets or pre-pur­chase the DVD and Blu Ray  at: sweetgrass-productions.com/shop/

Check out Trail­er 1: vimeo.com/backcountryski/valhalla