Monday, September 03, 2007


Stolby National Wildlife Nature Reserve is a place in Siberia where generations of Russians have indulged in a particularly reckless, dangerous form of rock climbing. Without safety gear of any kind, people of all ages scramble up and down sheer rock faces with the casual nonchalance of sports fans at a tailgate party.

In this clip, the first Americans to climb at Stolby, Jonathan Thesenga and Brittany Griffith, tell a tale of horror and disbelief upon being exposed to the bizarre cultural ritual of Stolby free climbing.


Blogger Variant E said...

Having been a rock climber for 30 years, I found this very interesting. Make a simple mistake and you die...that's the trouble with free soloing.

12:10 PM  
Blogger markjamesmurphy said...

Don't fall, VE!

3:26 PM  

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