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I was psyched to have an opportunity to feature Chris Sharma in our latest DVD release “The Players.” For the concept of the film to work, I knew I had to line up the true players in the sport of climbing. since there are so many badasses in our sport, I chose to focus on American climbers. Chris Sharma leads the pack by adding visionary new routes to every area he visits, as well as quickly repeating the area test pieces. Pick up your copy of the DVD today at

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Sharma’s segment of the film is set in the Southeast US, sport climbing on some of the best sandstone in the world.  First stop on his southeastern tour was the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. In my opinion, this is the premier sport climbing grag in the country. With high quality routes for every level climber and tons of undeveloped crags, it offers a lifetime of climbing. Seriously!

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Known for its enduro routes, recent development has changed this stigma. Every sport climber should plan a trip to The Red and definitely grab a pizza at Miguels while you’re at it!

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Chris had his eyes on some futuristic blank walls. The potential for new routes seems never ending. While Chris did not complete his projects, he did quickly complete the second ascent of Lucifer 5.14c on his second try!

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After The Red, the next stop was the breathtakingly beautiful New River Gorge in West Virginia. Chris was there to present a slideshow at the Deadpoint Magazine launch party, but made some time to check out the bullet sandstone too!

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Once again, first on Chris’ list was to check out a long standing project. This blank vertical wall climbs small crimps up bullet sandstone, much like the rock at Mt. Araplies or the Grampians in Australia. The route finishes with a crux dyno off a small crimp.After figuring out the move, Chris gave it one last attempt for the day, fell on the crux, and moves on to other routes. Since this was such a short trip, he wanted to make some time to check out other walls in the area too!

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After attempting the project and doing some onsighting, Chris eyed a 5.14 called Proper Soul originally put up by Chris Lindner. Sharma went for it onsight and effortlessly cruised to the top. Check out all the beautiful footage in The Players, available on DVD at for only $29.95.

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I’ve decided to put together a series of wallpaper images from our new movie The Players.  CLICK HERE to download the first image of Chris Sharma on Lucifer 5.14c!  This is one of the hardest sport routes at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky.  Sharma redpointed the route second try and our cameras were there to capture the ascent. In our latest film The Players, you can follow Sharma on a trip through the beautiful sandstone of the Southeast. The segment features 5.14c redpoints, 5.14a onsights, and hard undone projects at The Red and the New River Gorge, WV. The Players is now available on DVD at


I will be heading to the Red River Gorge later this month to show SPRAY at Miguel’s Pizza! The show will take place on April 18th at 8:00pm, kicking off the Red River Reunion. This event is a benefit for the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition and will hopefully raise some money to preserve access to some of the Red’s endangered cliffs. I used to spend a lot of time climbing at the Red River Gorge and I am psyched to go back. This trip will be a mix of work and play, shooting photos and climbing some classics. Jason Kehl and Dave Chancellor will be in attendance as well, presenting their slideshows on Saturday night. If you’re within a 10 hour drive, you should definitely make the trip out. I’m psyched!