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The North Face: “Unearthed” showcases amazing trad climbing

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When four elite climbers took a 10-day trip down Utah’s Green River Valley, they set their sights on the unclimbable – and then climbed it.

Since early July, The North Face has been releasing episodes in their adventure web series, dubbed, The North Face: Unearthed. The adventure outfitter’s trad climbing footage features an all-star cast of athletes, including Alex Honnold, Daniel Woods, Renan Ozturk and Matt Segal.

The climbers go back to the sport’s roots by taking on trad climbing. Trad climbing, or traditional climbing, refers to older-style climbing, characterized by mental challenges, finding new routes, and carrying and placing protection onto the rocks. Trad climbing challenges climbers to understand their gear and how to use cams, chocks and other devices wisely.

The videos capture the serenity of one of America’s most pristine waterways – Utah’s Green River Valley. The thrill that can be found on the cracks, boulders and cliffs that tower over the river is captured perfectly and beautifully. Despite its storied past, much of the Green River canyon has never been climbed. While still true, The North Face’s adventure dream team has made sure to a much lesser extent. In one episode, Honnold puts in a first ascent on 5.13r “So Crunk.” In another, experienced boulderer Daniel Woods learns how to traditional climb, helped by the best in the world, on cliffs that have never been climbed before.

Check the rest of the videos at The North Face’s YouTube channel, and read about the adventure down the Green River at The North Face’s blog.

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