In mid-May, Nathan Smith, Liberty Mountain's Marketing Director, diehard ice climber and author of Beehive Ice along with Jake Hirschi, Liberty Mountain's Product Manager took advantage of all the rain across the state of Utah. Heading to Utah's Uinta range where the elevation turned the rain into snow, the pair were able to establish the first ascents of a handful of ice climbs. This short video documents one of the climbs completed that day--May Showers (WI4-, Reid's Peak, Uinta Range, Utah).
On October 3, 2015, Edelweiss athlete Cheyne Lempe joined forces with David Allfrey and Skiy Detray to speed-climb Zenyatta Mondatta (A4, 16 pitches) on El Cap in Yosemite, establishing a new speed record on the route.
In February 2015, Grivel and Beal athlete Aaron Mulkey joined forces with Chris Guyer, Daniel Burson, and Shawn Gregory traveled to Norway and established a collection of new mixed routes on Senja Island.
On April 14, 2015, Beal athlete Chris Thomas and Rick Vance climbed the west face of Seraph (8,540') in the Revelation Mountain Range of Alaska via a new route they called Mandarin Mounty (5.10 WI5+ A2, 2,300').
As the safest and fastest alternative to traditional locking carabiners, the new Grivel Twin Gate carabiners have been generating a lot of buzz in the climbing industry and making headlines in various magazines and websites:
Andy and Jason Dorais recently signed on as Beal and Grivel athletes. Their year-round mountain adventures have taken them to some amazing places and secured them a handful of titles and records.