Off the peak of his legendary climbing career, Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, legendary climber Chris Sharma returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb to date.
In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the single-minded goal of succeeding on one of the famous 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and burnout in her quest to be the first.
For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing in his backyard playground of Eldorado Canyon. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of one of Eldo’s most exposed and difficult routes.
Maureen Beck is not here to be your inspiration. “People say, ‘look a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.’ I’m like dude, you never had any excuses in the first place.” And she is not making excuses for herself. Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She pushes her “stump” to the limit, takes whippers on 5.12, and crushes overhanging boulders, while shotgunning beers between burns. ”I don’t want to just be a good one armed climber,” says Beck. “I want to be a good climber.”