Climbing out of Disaster

The Climbers of Puerto Rico Face Hurricane Maria

In September 2017, hurricane Maria barreled across the Atlantic and slammed full force into Puerto Rico. With winds recorded at up to 175 mph, the natural disaster devastated the island, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. For Bryant Huffman—a 39-year-old climbing guide from Cupey, Puerto Rico—and all other surviving Puerto Ricans, life was forever changed. From day one after the hurricane, however, Bryant and his fellow climbing guides realized that the only way up and out was to use their climbing skills. Now, they’re using their ropes and gear not to just bolt and climb new routes, but to pull their island out of disaster. Check out this film featuring the guides of Climbing Puerto Rico as they face the aftermath of a brutal hurricane.




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