From historic rock-faces to never-before summited peaks, this stunning visual book brings to life the incredible experience of climbing hard and climbing high. Whether it is scaling the world’s most challenging peaks, bouldering on epic rock faces or hanging underneath the cavernous crags spread out along the ocean, rock-climbing is one of the world’s most exciting sports. From the most beautiful routes in the UK, France and America, to deep-water soloing in Majorca and opening new lines in South Africa, James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini, two of rock-climbing’s biggest stars, take you to the sport’s most iconic, unusual and daring destinations. With stunning photography showcasing rock-climbing’s various styles and landscapes, each entry also includes expert tips, grading details and intricate topography of specific routes or sectors. Perfect for the avid and aspiring climber, Climbing Beyond is a beautiful homage to the sport of rock-climbing and an inspiration to anyone who has ever dreamt of chalking up their hands and taking on the world’s epic rock faces.
James Pearson grew up in the Peak District and it is therefore no surprise that James has made a name for himself on ‘God’s own rock’. Aged 15 he donned his first pair of rock shoes and quickly started climbing some of Gritstones’ hardest and boldest routes. Having completed some of the world’s hardest traditional routes, James shifted his focus to include bouldering, sport, and multi-pitch. He currently lives in the South of France, and continues his quest to climb hard rock, all over the world.
Caroline Ciavaldini grew up on the tiny island of La Reunion, in the South Indian Ocean. Caro discovered climbing aged 12 and quickly became obsessed by the competition world. For 10 years she focused on the Lead World Cup Circuit. After realizing her dreams of competition, she has redirected her motivation towards outdoor climbing, and now loves to give herself challenges in trad, sport and multi-pitch. Outdoor climbing is, as she often says, her ‘second life’ as a climber.