Project 365 Climbing Challenge – Inspiration

For many climbing up a mountain is something that would require at least a day, or even a weeks rest, with all the stretching, reaching and holding making our muscles cramp and strain. Its no wonder that climbing requires strength, grit and determination.

“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.” Abdul Kalam

So, can you believe that Steve Richert is aiming to climb a mountain or rock every day for a whole year? This is Project 365, the Climbing Challenge. But to take it that one step further, Steve is battling with Type 1 Diabetes in the extreme environments. Founded on LivingVertical, a non-profit organisation, that aims to empower and inspire people living with diabetes Steve took the challenge to climb for 365 days. Steve explains the reasoning for this was that he had been living an active life, rock-climbing while managing his diabetes, and his wife (Stephanie) pointed out that his story could be used to inspire others living with diabetes that they can still continue to do what they love most.

“Diabetes is a stepping stone, not a roadblock, and everyday for one year we are going to show just how far it can take you!” Steve Richert

To find out more reasons why Steve and his wife Stephanie have decided to take the challenge see here – “Why we’re climbing”

Already on day 230, Steve has seen some incredible sights ranging from Red Rock Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Devil’s Tower and Stone Mountain.


To continue to see more of the outstanding sights and majestic views follow the blog

You can even take it one step further and support Living Vertical though monetary contributions or through buying T-Shirts, Hoodies and Water Bottles which can be found on their website


A Little History Lesson

We know, we know. A history lesson isn’t exactly what everyone whats to read on a blog page. But trust us, this one is worth it! In one (admittedly long photo!) the essentials and history of rock climbing is explained by Just Ropes.
Take a look and study hard – you never know when a pop quiz might crop up!!

“Essentials of Rock Climbing” Infographic by Just Ropes

The Best Climbers – Revised

Further to our post on July 16th about the best climbers in the world… Here is a quick update…

A recently published national study in the United States called “Outdoor Recreation Trends & Futures” has just revealed that rock climbing is now included in the top 5 activities for growth.
“Challenge Activities like mountain climbing, rock climbing & caving are projected to grow 50-86% in this period”

So, many people have taken to revising who are actually classed as the top 10 climbers in the world. Complete with description, images and even video footage this website camprox is the place to go for all the information you could almost, ever require.

Check it out.
And let us know what you think.

Olympic Highlights

Okay. We will admit it – White flag flying and hands up in full surrender. We are having slight withdrawel symptoms from the Olympics. But surely you can all understand why after our fantastic, thrilling and tear-jerking London 2012 Games.

After much consultation and the odd heated argument, there was an agreement that this had to be one of our best moments – The Mens 4 x 100m relay
Its hard to deny the class of Jamaica and even though they were expected to win they still managed to display some special style!

What was your best moment of the games?

And aren’t we lucky that we get the experience, the emotions and the events all over again in the Paralympic Games!
Thanks for the warm up – we can’t wait for these to get started.

To meet these Super Humans click here

The Best Climbers

We think it would be hard for anyone to deny how courageous (some would say foolhardy!) those souls are that take on solo-climbing. These climbers takle huge rock faces without any ropes or protection – they risk their lives for the sake of the sport! Because of this, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate “The Best of Climbing.”

However, it’s not easy to name the top climbers in this sport. “Rock climbing is a very diverse sport and naming the five best rock climbers is like listing the five best runners.” It is easy to see this is true becayse there are many different aspects in the sport of clombing including many sub specialities such as bouldering and mountaineering. But others have made the attempt, and here are the names of those who deserve the title:

1. Chris Sharma

2. Russell Brice

3. Dean Potter

4. Tommy Caldwell

5. Josune Bereziartu

To find out more about why these guys have been named, due to their difficult attempts and awards won visit “Made Man” By Maggie Elliot

We have even decided to showcase some of the best names in indoor climbing. Even though not as dangerous and visually thrilling as solo-climbing this sport is still technically brilliant and involves skill, speed and strength.

So, do you agree with the named ‘best climbers’? Or is there someone else who inspires you and your climbing attempts?

Climbing; Redefine Possible

We all know that there are some amazing climbers out there Chris Sharma, Alex Hollond and most recently Spencer West has been added to the list. After loosing both of his legs at the age of 5 West managed to “redefine possible” and put his name into the forefront of climbing news. If you haven’t heard (and I’d be surprised if you haven’t!) West managed to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro using only his hands. He reached the summit of 19,341-foot in just one week!

Spencer, from Toronto, Canada, said: “I set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro not only to redefine what’s possible for me, but to inspire others to overcome obstacles and challenges of their own.”

Find out more about the journey at the Redefine Possible Blog and if you want to donate to the cause.

The Old Stone Monkey

Now, most of you know that Stone Monkey is a brand that has now developed its fair share of history and heritage. To prove this, one of our lovely fans and customers has sent us some promo shots taken way back in 1995!


They were taken in Wales by photographer Sam Grimmer with Neil Gresham, Matt Smith and Chris W.

Perhaps the colours aren’t to our taste now, but this clearly shows how Stone Monkey is a brand suitable for all you climbing lovers. Quality clothing, built to last and tailored towards the adventurous life you live.

London Olympics 2012, Not Long to Go!

Can you believe there are only 44 days left to go until the Olympics?
Well, 44 days, 13 hours, 22 mins and 34 secs if you want to be precise! Follow the count-down

London will be the place where sports ranging from badminton to BMX, swimming to shooting and hockey to the hammerthrow. This years summer games will see 26 sports in total. With the UK hosting the events, there is obviously a lot of pressure on both our new and experienced athletes, but it also means that we have the greatest opportunity to support them.
So why not get behind them by broadcasting the colours of the Great British flag? Since the Jubilee weekend, I’m sure many of you will have enough flags, bunting and decorated cakes to last you a life time!
But how about taking it that one step further…

Here at Stone Monkey we are a brand that basis or clothing around some of the most extreme sports. We aim for all our clothes to have a quality finish and that satisfy the need to be active. We take pride in our GB heritage and many of our clothes boldly proclaim the three national colours – red, white and blue.

So why not check out our website and get wearing the colours with pride. After all, this year is going to be a feast of red, white and blue – so you may aswell get in there first!

“There’s a World Out There”

Mount Everest is established as not only the flagship of our Stone Monkey brand, but as the cornerstone of climbing; every man’s dream, hope and ambition…
It took seven weeks of climbing for New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay to reach the top of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.
They were the first people to climb the tallest mountain in the world.
For more info see – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Go Up the Mountain

But, there is a world out there – and mountains seem to dominate the landscapes.
Have you ever been interested to find out what our solar system looks like? Well, all you budding climbers will be pleased to know that among the stars, meteorites and planets, mountains can still be seen to rise majestically from the surface.
Lets take a look at some of the highest points around our Solar System…

Mountain: Olympus Mons
Planet: Mars
Height: 27 km (17 miles)

Standing at approximately 3 times the height of Everest, Olympus Mons is the highest Mountain in the Solar System.
That is huge! Would like to see someone attempt that climb. Not sure that would happen anytime soon, but there is no harm in dreaming, right?! After all, Everest used to seem unconquerable…

And there is more! The Highest Mountains in the Solar System

“These are just a few of the many heights to be explored out there. I am sure there are many more to be found and explored in more detail. Even the sights of them will become clearer. I for one am more than happy travelling up hills and mountains on our own beautiful planet. But we can sit back in awe at what we know and what we can discover.” Paul Steele

The Mountains Aren’t Just For Climbing

For anyone interested in extreme sports and adventures, they may share the same ideas that the mountains aren’t only there to be climbed…

Mountain Biking is a sport which consists of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially adapted bikes that incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.
Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories such as cross country (XC), trail riding, all mountain, downhill, freeride, dirt jumping and trials. The most popular categories tend to be recreational XC and trail riding.
Like climbing, this is an individual sport which can be a tough challenge. It requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. Those advanced riders pursue steep technical descents and, in the case of freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers off of specially constructed jumps and ramps – usually just to show off!

Dustin Schaad is a North Face Tech Rep and he shares his passion for the sport on his guest blog.
“The mountain bike has taken me more places than I could’ve ever imagined. It’s given me amazing memories, incredible friends, pure joy and pain, adventure, taught me endless lessons, but most importantly, it’s embedded PASSION in my life!” – Dustin Schaad

He shows how he wants to encourage people to take up the sport, “Find it, live it, love it!”, and so has described his favourite rides that his has taken all around the world! The pictures are enough to make you want to take part in this extreme, energetic, exciting activity.

And if that wasn’t enough, this short film “combines compelling stories with core action to create a shared experience that unites all riders… Come join us!” This film captures a Mountain Biker’s true way of life and not only has clips from the world’s best pros but also of new beginners who are just learning to love the sport. It has been shot over two years and includes some of mountain biking’s most iconic, beautiful and breath-taking locations.

“Strength in Numbers is a rally call to connect all mountain bikers, regardless of location or language or discipline. The film captures a true way of life, from the world’s best pros to those who are just learning to love the sport.”

So, are you ready to take part in a new ‘Mountain Sport?’