When climbers opt to climb without a rope, they lose the luxury of learning from mistakes. Backyard inventor Matt Maddaloni has engineered a few creative solutions to make the fringe activity of free soloing "safe." Of course, safe is a relative term. Learn about adventure sports and see more wild footage at Fringe Elements central on NG Adventure: ngadventure.com/fringe
Cutting-edge climbers have turned away from Everest and the 8,000-meter trophy peaks in search of virgin terrain. It's not the height of a peak; it's the sheer difficulty. It's jokingly referred to as "Disaster Style" — the world's best alpine climbers are figuring out how to do more with less. A lot less.

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