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Chris Benchetler getting it good. photo - Peter Morning
Team Clif Bar Blog
Jun 22, 2012
Team CLIF Bar Free Sport MEGA Summer Update

Following some solid time in the tropics a few weeks back and some meetings last week, I have finally come up for air and some fresh updates in the world of Team CLIF Bar’s FreeSports roster. A LOT, and I mean A LOT,  has gone down in the past month and much of it made the news the moment it happened.

I’m sure that many of you have seen some of what’s included here, but there’s no way that you could possibly be hip to it all.  There’s a ton in the mix here, so take your time with a frothy beverage, a fresh pressed juice or a tall glass of yerba mate and put your feet up, grab a friend to feed your stoke, and let the living vicariously begin!

If one little bit of this gets into your skin, I have no doubt that you’ll find yourself creating an epic of your own over the weekend ahead.  Go get some!

Rip, rock, roll and ride on….

Ahhhh Everest…and maybe Lhotse While You’re at It.

Team CLIF Bar’s Hilaree O’Neill summits Everest with a stacked team from the North Face. Following her summit she and Kris Erickson stopped at Camp 4 to re-group and turned back up to head for the summit of Lhotse. The end result….Everest and Lhotse in less than 24 hours. Check out some of the incredible content on the TNF site and on Nat Geo.


Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell send the Free Triple!

Friday May 18th - Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell (both Team CLIF Bar compatriots) send the Free Triple; free climbing Mt Watkins, El Cap and Half Dome in 21:15. Check out the article on Rock and Ice and another on The Cleanest Line.

Photo Jeff Johnson

Honnold Puts the Hammer Down. This kid is on FIRE!

Tuesday- June 5th  (just a couple of weeks after sending with Tommy) Alex does the same lineup of climbs solo…as in mostly Free Solo (with a few moves of aid) officially earning status as the King of the Yosemite Triple Crown!  Check out the article on and some raw footage from Reel Rock/Sender to give you a taste of the full film to follow.

Photo Reel Rock/Sender Films

Sunday June 17th – Honnold and Hans Florine Set New Record on The Nose of El Cap; crushing the former record by 13 minutes. Are you kidding? Nope, there is a nice article on

Photo Paul Hara

A First Descent Down the Green River….with Bikes!

Team CLIF Bar’s Eric Porter and his Kiwi compadre Kelly McGarry come up with the wild idea of finding lines to ride in places where no bikes have ever been before. Check out the article in Bike Mag and the off the hook video of their river time shenanigans on the Green.


Steph Davis and The Perfect Circle

You know what they say about What Goes Up…

Check out the latest from TCB’s Steph Davis. Loving life on the sharp on Utah’s most iconic desert towers and in the end finding bliss in the beauty of the B.A.S.E. back down to the desert floor below.

AllRide Paints Rays!

This past year we have worked closely with Ray’s Mtn Bike park to take on the title sponsorship of their pump tracks and create some fun around that happening area of the park. When faced with the question of how to add an authentic look and feel for CLIF it didn’t take long to come up with a fun solution that made great sense for all.  Known to noodle with paint and pens as well as on the bike, TCB’s Kirt Voreis was up to the challenge and put an all-star/ AllRide team together to make some magic on the walls at Ray’s. GoPro was kind enough to put a filmer on the project (big ups to Gunnar) and came out with this kick ass little vid that has now seen over 30K views between All Ride, Pinkbike, Rays and Vital MTB.


Sweetgrass Productions Drops 7 Episodes in 7 Weeks
Our boys from Sweetgrass are back at it and bringing the goodness from behind the scenes of last season’s hot winter hit Solitaire. Check out the first 2 episodes below and look for one more each week over the next 5 weeks to come.

Here’s how it’s coming to life in their words...
It's time to put the ski boots back on. The annual migration is upon us. All the elephants are heading back down to the watering hole, and as South America gets its first dustings of snow, we throw our kindling on the fire. Over the next 7 weeks, we bring you 7 new episodes of On the Road With Solitaire, the emmy-nominated series about skiing the spine of the Andes, making friends, enemies, and movies.

Dropping every Thursday until July 19th, we bring you in the back of the pickup, behind the scenes from Bolivia to Chile. Apocalyptic storm skiing, third-world root canals, llama fetus', witch doctors, and the most beautiful peaks on the planet, all to wet your appetite for more July face shots.

WATCH Episode VI: End of the Line

WATCH Episode VII: Welcome to the Jungle


Benchetler Goes Big on Bloody By Bike…and Ski

Check out what Team CLIF Bar’s Chris Benchetler got himself into early this summer season. Below is his first-hand account. The story was also picked up by ESPN and can be found here.

After an awesome and successful adventure one-year prior, Gabe Taylor and I decided to take advantage of the low snow year and embark on another mission up to Bloody Couloir. For those of you that are unaware, Bloody is a classic, must do Eastern Sierra coolly.

We hoped to out do our last year’s spring adventure, Unbound to Bloody - - So this year, Gabe came up with the brilliant idea of riding our mountain bikes up the access road to Laurel lake, hike and ski Bloody, and ride out.

It seemed like a great idea until the first five minutes of riding our bikes... That access road looked more like an old steep dry riverbed with every kind of obstacle you could imagine. We came across shale, boulders, loose sand, and everything in between. Aside from good dirt... Needless to say the next two hours of riding were spent in granny gear, with a lot of pushing and walking our bikes. It was gruesome. However, we finally made it to the snowline, but were still looking at a fair amount of rock crawling and hiking before we were even to the base of Bloody Mountain.

Then came the easy part… A two hour boot pack up the guts of the coolly, which always use to seem hard enough. It’s amazing what a little perspective can do for your judgment on what’s hard and what’s not.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather wise. Scoring epic spring corn and warm temps.  It was even my first time skiing in shorts… Big fan. After a few good turns and some high fives, came the sudden realization that we needed to make it down. Alive… Had I not been carrying boots, skis, and a plethora of other heavy objects I may have not been as worried, but this road was so loose, I was legitimately scared. I was definitely envisioning hitting some loose ground and catapulting over the bars with all my gear on my back. 

Fortunately, it was all-good and we made it down unscathed. I’m looking forward to see how can top it next year.


Santa Cruz Syndicate Off to a Smoking Start of the D.H. Season



Syndicate riders joined forces with the Fox test crew in Leogang, Austria after Greg’s win at the IXS downhill for a successful test session.  Greg, Steve and Josh were then eager to race the World Cup in Italy on the new product!  Greg managed to qualify 2nd and finish 2nd to Aaron Gwin’s stellar winning run, while Steve came 14th and Josh 37th after slipping a pedal and crashing.  Greg ties Aaron for points and Steve is 10th and Josh 17th in the overall standings.


Josh Bryceland had confidence all week and carried it through to his final race run taking the fifth spot on the podium at the third round of the UCI World Cup Downhill Series.  Greg Minnaar came 6th and Steve Peat was 77th as he attempted a race run after suffering a badly torn hamstring muscle the day before.

Here & Now

In conjunction with International Surfing Day, the dynamic duo of Taylor Steele and Nathan Myers (who brought us Innersection) have created Here & Now.

“This film was shot in one day. More than 25 filmmakers and surfers worked in unison to document the world of surfing in a single 24-hour period: May 2, 2012. From world champs like Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore to free spirits like Dave Rastovich, Ozzy Wright and Alex Knost, this project brings together shapers, photographers, legends, beginners, third world, first world and surf world. Some scored big. Others couldn’t find a ripple. It’s all part of the surfing experience. From contests to camping, hanging at home or hitting the road, veteran surf filmmaker Taylor Steele pulls together an epic, international cast to prove the best place to be is here and now.”

Be sure to check out the trailer and keep your eyes peeled for a nice CLIF Shot appearance with TCB’s Pete Devries. And for more of a look into the making of the magic, here is a nice little piece that Nathan posted on Surfing as well.

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B Cole
Winter Sports, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Surfing, Other Sports
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