Meet the new faces of climbing: 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner are the leaders of a new generation taking the sport to the next level. Ashima, a New York City native, is the youngest person and the first female to climb 5.15a. Kai, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, became a national climbing champion as a high school sophomore. Young Guns follows these two friends and prodigies as they spend their summer vacation in Norway, where the legendary Flatanger cave forces them outside their comfort zone. In the finale, Ashima travels on to Japan to set a new standard on Horizons, a fierce 30-move boulder problem at the cutting edge grade of V15.
Over the past 26 years, 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan’s 8,000-meter peaks in winter. In February 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and Cory Richards became the first to achieve this alpine dream by summiting Gasherbrum II, surviving -50 degree temperatures and a massive avalanche.
Welcome to the wildest competition on rock – the speed record on the Nose of El Capitan. For decades some of climbing’s biggest characters have raced up this 3,000 foot cliff, risking life and limb to shave mere seconds off the record time. We follow the rivalry between Hans Florine and Dean Potter, and Dean’s most recent attempt to break this legendary record.
After 30+ years of ice climbing, Canadian maniac Will Gadd finally realizes his dream of climbing radically overhanging, heinously difficult ice. Gadd and Tim Emmett dodge exploding 30 foot icicle bombs and send the hardest pure ice climb in the world, but they swear it’s just the first step in a whole new direction for the sport.
American off-width climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters. So when two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West it came as quite a shock.
Twenty-three-year-old Alex Honnold is taking the high-stakes sport of free solo climbing to new heights. Climbing truly massive walls without a rope, and zero chance of survival if he falls, Alex is calm and fearless (except when it comes to girls). But attempting the 2,000-foot wall of Half Dome, the greatest free solo ever attempted, would finally teach Alex the meaning of fear.
Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In this film he tells the stories of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, accompanied by stunning aerial footage of him racing up 8,000 foot alpine faces. Ueli joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite to attempt speed records there. His ultimate goal: take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.