3rd Annual PullHarder Marathon – Oct 21st

3rd Annual PullHarder Marathon - Oct 21st

August 2nd, 2012 by Josh

That’s right friends, it’s time for the 3rd annual PullHarder.org Marathon!  Some say, “Third time’s a charm.”   Well… they are wrong.  We got it right the first time, and we are simply perfecting perfection! More »

Goodbye Ben and Gil

Goodbye Ben and Gil

July 29th, 2012 by Shay

We are very sad to report that we lost two very good friends and amazing climbing partners. Yesterday morning Ben Horne and Gil Weiss’ bodies were found by the search team. They were putting up a first ascent of a new route on the South face of Palcaraju Oeste in Peru. We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped in the search effort in the many ways they could. We are proud to be part of such an unbelievable community.
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Star Trekkin’-Mithral Dihedral “Link-up” C2C

Star Trekkin'-Mithral Dihedral

July 16th, 2012 by Lin

Camping out in Alabama Hills, LeeAnne and I were planning on heading back to the Whitney region in the next day or two but had no idea what we wanted to do. I was going through guides and the mountain project app on my phone looking for inspiration, and eventually came across a comment by Ben on the Star Trekkin’ page. From there I re-read his TR on star trekkin’ and with new motivation, by the morning it was decided we’d give the Star Trekkin’ – Mithral link-up car to car a shot.  It had been a while since my last C2C day, I was overdue for another anyway. More »

The Peruvian Chronicles: North Face of Ranrapalca

The Peruvian Chronicles: North Face of Ranrapalca

July 10th, 2012 by BenH

The Cordillera Blanca is world renowned for its high altitude mountaineering. But almost as awesome as the mountains themselves is the motley crew of international climbers who come to try their hand at getting high, on big peaks, cheap and fast. Example #1, Marko, from the Czech Republic. Hands down, the zaniest Eastern European caricature imaginable, complete with “Borat” accent and a lust for liquor. He climbed in a cotton sweatshirt and used a bandana as sunglasses…aka a blindfold. Marko eloquently explained the great physical difficulties of climbing in the area in said Borat accent: “If my knees had hands, they would punch face!” More »

The Peruvian Chronicles: Hats off to Michael Ybarra 1967-2012

The Peruvian Chronicles: Hats off to Michael Ybarra 1967-2012

by Gil

Past the point of exhaustion and chilled to the bone, I was only half relieved that we were making our last of roughly 15, 60 meter rappels to get off the face. For hours Fred had descended into the darkness below, tediously setting v-threads in the icy face. Now, after 20 hours on the go, we were finally back on the snow, almost to the glacier. “rope free,” called Fred. I put the ropes through my ATC, started to rappel, and then the unthinkable happened…the snow picket ripped, I fell backwards, and started sliding at full speed down the 55 degree snow slope. I knew the bottomless bergshrund was somewhere below, and I envisioned my broken body lying frozen in its depths. Unable to self arrest, I knew my time had come. I would die in the great Peruvian Andes, well before my time, under the glow of a full moon. More »

Full Palisade Traverse, Casually

Full Palisade Traverse, Casually

July 2nd, 2012 by BenH

For many people, the Mt. Whitney region is quintessential High Sierra, the end of the John Muir Trail and the highest point in the 48. For others, the Incredible Hulk, with Yosemite-quality climbing in the backcountry is the best the Sierra has to offer. Those more romantically inclined will name Tuolomne or maybe the Evolution range as the Sierra’s best for their incredible beauty. For many in Pullharder, Lone Pine Peak is the Sierra’s gem. But for some of us, the Palisades are synonymous with this great range. And the best way to take it all in is to climb ‘em all. More »

Dear Media: Mountains are not Stadiums, even for Speed Climbers

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Dear Media: Mountains are not Stadiums, even for Speed Climbers

June 19th, 2012 by BenH

This is an opinion piece. It is my opinion only and does not necessarily represent the views of Pullharder as a whole. More »

The Nose, an El Capitan Classic

The Nose, an El Capitan Classic

June 18th, 2012 by Luke

The one thing that was noticeably absent in 2011 was time spent on El Capitan. This, however, was all about to change. Stein was visiting the SF bay for business and Yosemite was on the menu. The days preceding the weekend were filled with rain so free-climbing was out. We tossed around a multitude of ideas including the Nose, trying to figure out what might be “dry”. It was the first time we had considered climbing route so I didn’t think too much of it. More »

Almost “Out of Time” on The Citadel’s Edge of Time Arête


June 14th, 2012 by BenH

Consider this, the hint of the century, consider this: “…” Then Michael Stipe stops. He does not tell us the hint of the 20th century. Curses! Well how about I’ll tell you the hint of the 21st century: More »

May Day at Tahquitz: Send em all!

May Day at Tahquitz: Send em all!

June 11th, 2012 by Josh

Ben saw a woman who resembled the Wicked Witch of the West, or maybe Mary Poppins, riding a small tricycle in the night.  Our bumper was barreling down at her at 60 miles per hour through the fog.  May Day, May Day!

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