Biggest Rock Climbing Falls Caught on Video

When you’re out there pushing your limit on routes that are difficult for you, falling becomes just a normal part of climbing. But every now and then, you might find yourself looking at a big one, with no way out. Here’s a collection of some of the biggest air caught on video. Sit back with your coffee and enjoy the show.

Red River Gorge
On her first lead, she takes a huge fall and all her friends laugh at her!!!!

Dean Potter Whips Off Epitaph

Great footage of Dean Potter falling right at the end of the crux on Epitaph.

Big Air Down Under
This guy takes a dive off one of the biggest roofs in Australia.

Katie Brown Whips Off Epitaph
There seems to be something about falling on this route that means big air time.

Adventure King Ice Whipper
Not rock climbing, but too good to leave off this list.

Scary Gym Fall

This guy comes within inches of hitting the floor of the gym from 30 feet up. Nice belaying.

Grampians Ground Fall
Wow, that guy is freakin lucky!

Trouble in Paradise

Big fall off the rocks at Cabo San Lucas.

Bonus Section

Crazy Pole Climbers
This isn’t rock climbing, but too good to pass up.

Over The Edge
And while were at it, mountain biking is WAY MORE DANGEROUS than climbing. Damn!

7 Responses to Biggest Rock Climbing Falls Caught on Video

  1. Awesome stuff. Nice work.


    1) First video is “To Defy…” at the Red. I have taken roughly the same fall as that pictured, not fun when you are that close to clipping the chains.

    2) That route at the Grampians is apparently well known for the huge run out at the end. Apparently you can whip from the chains and safely end up at the belay 80 feet below. This is regularly done apparently for victory whips as the fall takes place on the 2nd pitch.

    3) RE: the gnarly trad fall. How do you fall off when you are holding on to a TREE???

    Brian October 29, 2007 at 4:23 pm
  2. yeah, the tree thing was puzzling to me too. You’d have to be pretty pumped not to be able to at least sling it and hang on the rope. Who knows?

    BJ Sbarra October 29, 2007 at 5:45 pm
  3. That ice climbing video almost made me puke. See the guy with the viking helmet? What a bunch of whackos! Hilarious!

    Mike October 30, 2007 at 4:42 pm
  4. The first video is To Defy The Laws of Tradition at the red. Clipping the chains on that one is a little tricky if you don’t see the massive victory jug off to the left. I can kinda empathize with her as that was my first lead as well, no falls though.

    Will April 1, 2009 at 12:52 am
  5. I just saw Asgard Jamming- a recent film made by the Favresse brothers and Sean Villenueve. It centers on attempts to free climb Mt. Asgard on Baffin Island. One of the Favresse brothers takes an absurd gear ripping fall in it. The movie itself is mediocre but there is no doubt that this is the biggest fall I have seen on film.

    dave meyer September 8, 2010 at 3:40 am
  6. Ice climbing without a rope! He was very lucky.

    To Old to Climb June 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm
  7. This may be the longest ever caught on video but way back when, a great man and climber named Yvon Chounard was on the first assent of the North American Wall on El Cap and took a full run out of his rope fall on a long pitch that zippered all pro set in and only the belay caught him and he had back probs ever since that. Plus the rope stretch on his mantle, the fall was over 300 feet.

    Elk September 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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