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Weekend Watch: Climbing Out of Disaster

When the only way to go is up, these guides from Puerto Rico help their community climb out of the rubble left behind by Hurricane Maria.


Presented by Black Diamond, Climbing Out of Disaster is a compelling 8-minute film about how a climbing guide from Puerto Rico helps his community in the wake of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Bryant Huffman—a 39-year-old climbing guide from Cupey, Puerto Rico—along with his guides use ropes and gear not to just bolt and climb new routes, but to pull their island out of the rubble.

Huffman said in an interview that he never though his climbing skills would help after the disaster. He said, “We were just dealing with the situation right in front of us. But from day one, I realized how my climbing skills were helping after bringing an old climbing rope to the scene, setting up a directional and tying the right knot to a van so I could haul all the giant logs off the street.”