The Lifer: A Portrait of Russ Clune and the Gunks

A portrait of both Russ Clune and the place of many of his best first ascents: The Gunks. Also including footage of Sam Elias’s second ascent of the Gunk’s hardest climb, Bro-Zone (5.14b).

By Black Diamond | March 20th, 2019

Recently, Sam Elias paid Russ Clune a visit at his home in the Gunks, where he sampled some of the historic routes of the past, and attempted a rare ascent of the new-school trad testpiece: Bro-Zone (5.14b).


[Also Read The Gunks’ New Hardest Climb: Bro-Zone (5.14b)]


But perhaps the most important Elias Sam walked away with, amid all the climbing history lessons, and constant, often hilarious, Clune cliff-banter, was an intimate view into the soul of a man who has dedicated his entire life to climbing.


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