Her list of physical feats seems almost impossible. Win national sport-climbing competitions starting at the age of 13? Check. Summit Mount Everest? Check. Free-climb El Capitan in under 24 hours? That, too. But in order to cement her status as one of the world’s best climbers, there were more daunting obstacles to overcome.

With climbing’s Olympic debut less than two weeks away, we compiled a short explanation of how the competition will unfold on the world stage

Author Natalie Warren wants young women to disregard conventional rites of passage and get lost in the wilderness

We caught up with Scarpa's climbing shoe category manager Heinz Mariacher to talk about what's next

Two years ago, the climbing photographer known as Nathan Smith saw no way out, after struggling for years with gender-identity issues in the male-dominated outdoor industry. Then—slowly, bravely—Nikki introduced herself to the world.

The new Climbing Grief Fund will offer long-overdue tools for dealing with the pain of death in a community that is uniquely affected by it

This detachable anchor system makes a bold yet unnerving promise to deliver full-length, single-rope rappels. Is it the holy grail for rappelling or an accident waiting to happen?

What elite athletes wish they had known when they first started climbing

Pro climbers and guides share their perspectives on why an event like the Women's Climbing Festival matters to them and to the sport at large

In back-to-back days, Michaela Kiersch and Paige Claassen secured the first and second female ascents of Necessary Evil, a 5.14c in Arizona

Our writer went searching for love on skis and rejected just two snowboarders in the process