Alexander Megos climbs Necessary Evil (5.14c) on his second try in the Virgin River Gorge of Arizona, USA on March 27, 2018.
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You don’t need to be a climbing fan to absolutely love the Reel Rock series

With nine seasons of climbing show Reel Rock available to binge, take a look back at highlights from the show so far and see why it'll blow your mind.
By Ben Johnson
5 min readUpdated on
It doesn't matter if you're a fanatic who never leaves home without your chalk bag or someone for whom scaling stairs is the limit of your climbing experience, the people, places and achievements featured in Red Bull TV's show Reel Rock will leave you glued to your screen.
With nine seasons already in the bag, we thought it was time to take a look back at some highlights and see why it's a must-watch show for anyone with a sense of adventure.
01

Know any nine-year-old climbing legends?

21 min

Obe and Ashima

A former child climbing star finds new purpose by coaching a nine-year-old bouldering prodigy.

German +8

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Clambering over a neighbor's fence to get your football back is as far as climbing goes for most nine-year-olds. Not the amazing Ashima Shiraishi. She was already one of the world's best female climbers when Reel Rock met her in Season 1 and you'll be truly humbled when you see her in action a few years later in Season 3. You have our permission to feel a tad underachieving.
02

Chasing perfection

20 min

The perfect season part 1

Janja Garnbret has been dominating the climbing competition scene. Can she complete the perfect season?

English +9

From 2016 to 2018, Slovenian sensation Janja Garnbret dominated the climbing competition scene, taking gold in nearly every World Cup or Championship she entered. In Season 7 of Reel Rock, we travel along with Garnbret to try and learn her secrets as she attempts to make history and complete a perfect season.

23 min

The perfect season part 2

Janja Garnbret has been dominating the climbing competition scene. Can she complete the perfect season?

English +9

03

Rocks as works of art

22 min

Born among boulders

Follow as Swiss bouldering star Giuliano Cameroni explores the stunning boulders in his home region of Ticino.

English +9

Giuliano Cameroni sees rocks differently to most people. To him, a boulder of granite is a playground, a puzzle. It's a work of art. This episode follows the Swiss climber over six years as he explores the stunning boulders in his home region of Ticino, and climbs one of the hardest and most revered boulders, called Off the Wagon. We promise you'll never look at a rock in quite the same way again.
04

Climbers' holidays aren't like your holidays

21 min

Sleeping lion

Big wall climbing legend Chris Sharma introduces his mega new project in Siurana, Spain: the Sleeping Lion.

English +1

Legendary climber Chris Sharma has spent his career traveling the world climbing some of the planet's hardest routes. These days, Sharma is less active, with the real life of bringing up his children taking over. However, in early 2023, he discovered a new line just an hour and a half from his holiday home in Siurana, Spain. His competitive spirit was awakened, and Sharma found himself obsessed by a climbing project once again, as he attempts to climb one of his hardest routes ever: a 9b+ named the Sleeping Lion.
That's not all from Sharma when it comes to what you can watch of him in Reel Rock. You'll never look at the Aegean in the same way after watching his summer holiday spent trying to conquer a massive sea arch rising out of the crystal waters in season 1 and in season 4 he's enjoying seascapes once again in Mallorca, Spain, with the first ascent at El Bufador in Above the Sea.

16 min

Above the sea

American rock climber Chris Sharma takes his first ascent at El Bufador on the island of Mallorca, Spain.

English +3

05

Out to make history

A mix of tough trad climbing with a sport crux on a steep headwall, the opening episode of Season 8 saw elite sport climbers Sasha DiGiulian and Matilda Söderlund team up with trad specialist Brette Harrington to attempt a free ascent of the 2,000-foot alpine rock route, Rayu.
Aiming to become the first all-female led team to scale the 5.14b big wall route, this gripping climb is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
06

Overcoming setbacks

19 min

Cuddle part 1

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold push their limits when they try to climb 17 alpine summits at high altitude.

English +10

You'll know renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold from his Oscar-winning, cold sweat-inducing Free Solo film, but what happened when he once again teamed up with Tommy Caldwell to ascend 17 peaks in the Colorado mountains?
Find out in Season 8's Cuddle as the Reel Rock regulars are forced to ask for help to complete their epic adventure. And don't forget to check out the previous efforts of Honnold and Coldwell who scaled Patagonia's risky Fitz Roy Traverse in Season 2, then chased a speed record on The Nose in Season 6. Honnold is back on his own in Season 9 as he attempts the most treacherous single-push solo mission at the Red Rock Canyon in Nevada in episodes 1 and 2 of The Hurt .

20 min

Reel Rock: Alex Honnold in Nevada

Alex Honnold attempts his latest and most treacherous single-push solo mission in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

English +1

07

Back to the basics

30 min

Barefoot Charles

Barefoot Charles Albert is a minimalist who climbs boulders in Fontainebleau, France, and lives in a cave.

English +10

If you've ever forgotten your climbing shoes and tried to ascend a wall in a normal pair of trainers you'll know the importance of having the right footwear. But just imagine trying to climb barefoot. That's exactly what Frenchman Charles Albert does in Season 8. And what's more, he makes it look easy.
08

Bigger, boulder, better

21 min

High and mighty part 1

Highball bouldering fuses difficult moves and dire consequences. But for the sport's elite, that's the draw.

Italian +9

Bouldering doesn't sound so scary, does it? Boulders aren't really that big are they. You might want to reconsider after watching the highball bouldering athletes pushing the discipline to literal new highs in Season 2's High & Mighty, armed with nothing more than a few school gymnasium crash mats and the determination to push the limits of human ability.
Once your heart's stopped racing and you've got your head around the concept of the 'No Fall Zone,' you'll be able to catch up with Nina Willams in two new Season 6 episodes, titled The High Road, where she faces some of bouldering's biggest ever problems.
09

Discover that Dodos aren't dead

19 min

Dodo's Delight part 1

Set sail on an Arctic adventure with a group of musical mountaineers and their ship, Dodo's Delight.

French +8

Pack a warm jumper and some seasickness tablets because you'll be going aboard a tiny sloop called the Dodo's Delight for good times, great climbing and stunning scenery during an expedition through the Arctic Circle right out of the pages of Nat Geo. You'll be searching for Arctic boat charters before the end of the first episode, trust us.

20 min

Dodo's Delight part 2

The Dodo's Delight is off to explore the untapped climbs of the Arctic, but it's not all smooth sailing ahead.

French +8

10

Overcoming mental barriers

19 min

This is Beth

An intimate look beneath the success of legendary climber Beth Rodden, diving into her struggles and transformation.

English +10

One of the USA's all-time great female climbers, Beth Rodden has conquered some of the world's toughest routes. Yet, despite this success, there were plenty of low moments. In Season 8's This is Beth, Rodden takes us back through a career marked by self-destructive behavior and reflects on finally being able to accept her own body.
Season 9 of Reel Rock is out now. Watch all previous seasons here.

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Reel Rock

See the allure of the ascent through the eyes of the best climbers and mountaineers on the planet.

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