Tagged: Yosemite

Should we score climbing comps like Eurovision?

In this post I talk about how distorted the Olympic Combined format is, it’ll be followed up with an interview with the head routesetter for bouldering Percy Bishton. If you can’t wait for more Factor...

The Moment You Doubt – Ben Bransby

Many of the stories in Factor Two feature the same scenario – What next? You always imagine ticking the big goal might be enough, but it rarely is. For Ben Bransby and Jvan Tresch...

Freebird – Ben Bransby

After hearing from Leo Houlding and Patch Hammond about their legendary Yosemite season in 1998 there was one obvious gap in our story – Ben Bransby. Before attempting Freerider with Patch, Ben had made...

No More Heroes? – Patch Hammond

Patch Hammond has remained a bit of an enigma in the climbing world. If you flick through the magazines from the late 1990s you’ll see a scruffy youth with an impressive climbing CV –...

No More Worlds – Leo Houlding

Back in 1998 Leo Houlding and Patch Hammond achieved something almost unthinkable – a near onsight ascent of El Capitan. They were just 18, had no big wall experience and headed to Yosemite without...

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