1. The South's Best Kept Secret

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    The last of the three short films shot while Aidan was recovering from his broken spine. This time, Ben and Aidan traveled the 8 hours to LRC and ended up hiking around a sopping boulderfield for two hours before going back to camp, packing up, and driving to HP40. We stayed at Horse Pens for 3 days, from January 1-January 3 before returning home. As anyone who has climbed here will agree, the Pens (regarded as the "South's Best Kept Secret" by local non-climbers and climbers alike) is a lot harder to send boulders at than other areas in the South. Because of this, Ben who was hoping to do the Shield at LRC ended up climbing for three full days and "only" sending v8. However, at Horse Pens, this is a great achievement nonetheless. Climbs in Order of Appearance: Supa Coola- v6 Centerpede- v4 Slangin Meat- v4 Great White- v7 Step Child- v7 Bum Boy Direct Finish aka Liam Pang Arete (2nd asc?)- v3 Landslide- v8 Chattanooga Plow Direct Finish aka Alabama Tiller- v8 Music Credits: Lil [Little] Sad- Saw U [You] Leave Yoncé [Beyoncé]- Haunted OB O'Brien [NOT OVO Ryan] Feat Aubrey [Champagne Papi] Drake & P. [The Canadian Dream] Reign- Schemin' Up Rich Homie [slang for Friend or Buddy] Quan [origin unsure]- Type of Way (MAYHEM EDIT) ANOTHER WORLD CLASS FBE MEDIA HOUSE PRODUCTION PRODUCT THANKS FOR WATCHING, PLEASE CONTINUE RATING 1-2 STARS OUT OF 5 WE LOVE YOU ALL THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Sacred Stone

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      The product of a day of filming at the beautiful boulderfield hidden in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois that is the Holy Boulders. Ben and Aidan have been going climbing as a duo recently, but with Aidan unable to climb since he broke his back three months ago, he has spent every weekend filming instead. Here is the first product of those trips. More profile videos to come. Climbs in Order of Appearance: The Mollusk v3 Helios v5 Low Rider v3 The Jungle Book v8 Michael with a Box v5 Cross and Toss v4 Platypus v8

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      • Alpine Gold

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        This past summer, Aidan Welby, Mark Mayerhoefer, Ben Mangelsdorf, Hannah Padda and Frankie Caiazzo took a trip to Estes Park, Colorado with the goal of bouldering in the alpine and living the mountain lifestyle. Over the course of several weeks of climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park and Mount Evans, we managed to climb some incredible problems. Watch to find out what went down, and of course to have the age-old question answered: How's it feel? Problems Chaos Canyon: Gang Bang Arete v8, The Autobot v5, Tommy's Arete v7, Tommy's Arete Right v5, Potato Chip Sit v8, Handicapps v9 Veritas Boulder: Stripes v9, Menwax v7, Bulgin' Out v8 Mt. Evans: The Ladder v2, The Dali v8/9 Emerald Lake: The Kind v5, Tommy's Other Arete v9, The Kind Traverse v11 frictionlabs.com organicclimbing.com facebook.com/floatfaction instagram.com/floatfaction

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        • Strictly Stressin Dirty Dirty Vol 3: Lilly Boulders

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          The third stop on our summer bouldering circuit was the mysterious Lilly Boulders. We had long heard tales of heinous James Litz testpieces and beautiful moderates and we knew we had to go down and check it out for ourselves. While Lilly Boulders may be unable to match more well-traveled areas like LRC, HP40 or Rocktown in terms of amount of boulder problems, what is here is simply amazing and is more than worth a trip. Watch Aidan, Dillon and Ben battle it out on some Lilly Boulders classics in the third installment of SSDD. Climbs: Buddha Belly v4, Ranger Rob v6, Slam Dunk v5, Jack Slap v7, Jack The Ripper v6, Flexorcise v7, O.P.P v7, Mojo v9 As always, special thanks to Friction Labs Chalk and Organic Climbing! We couldn't be making these videos without their ongoing support. frictionlabs.com organicclimbing.com FOLLOW THE FLOAT FACTION: facebook.com/floatfaction instagram.com/floatfaction

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          • A Day at the Holies

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            The crew took advantage of the recent nice temperatures (in terms of July) to go climb some southern Illinois classics at the Holy Boulders. Here's some footage from the day trip we took. Some of So iLL's best boulders, including a few that I don't believe have ever been filmed before. Nothing beats a sweaty summer day in So iLL! Climbs: KFC v3, Shadow of a Man v5, Darkside v7, Onyx v7, Brick House v2, Jungle Book v8 Please donate to the Access Fund to Protect What's Holy and let the climbing community continue to enjoy the world class Holy Boulders: https://www.kintera.org/site/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.8371223/k.C7CB/Protect_Whats_Holy/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=8371223&en=cvINK3OLJbIWLdOOJaKTI9OYIvJ0K5MUIkLRI7MXKsJZJ8MYKzE frictionlabs.com organicclimbing.com facebook.com/floatfaction instagram.com/floatfaction

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            • Strictly Stressin Dirty Dirty Vol 2: Little Rock City

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              The next stop on our summer southern sandstone tour was the world famous Little Rock City in Chattanooga. This place has it all: roof crimping test pieces to sloping balancy slabs, heart-beating highballs to worthwhile lowballs, and of course The Shield! Watch Aidan Welby, Jeremy Abraham and Ben Mangelsdorf sample some of the classic moderates in the boulderfield and test their luck on their projects in the summer heat. Climbs: Incredarete v1, Two Can Sam v3, Ruby Roo v2, Art of the Vogi v4, Funkadelic v5, The New Mane Event v6, Eliminator v7, Spyro Gyro v7, Redhouse v7 Special thanks to Organic Climbing and Friction Labs Chalk! organicclimbing.com frictionlabs.com facebook.com/floatfaction instagram.com/floatfaction

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              • Strictly Stressin Dirty Dirty Vol 1: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

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                "Strictly stressin dirty dirty, gon represent it to the t-top, born and bred up on the street top, get to the money and the sweet spot and forever hollerin 'HOOTIE HOO!' when we see cops." -Outkast The first installment of our new series, Strictly Stressin Dirty Dirty! Follow the Float Faction as they make their way through the best areas in the southeast, sampling some of the world's finest sandstone in some of the years hottest temperatures! The first stop is Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas... Climbs: Electric v5, African Arete v7, Bee's Knees v5, Orbital Mechanics v8, Flash Gordon v10 Big thanks again to Organic Climbing and Friction Labs Chalk!

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                • Midwest Restless: Missouri Granite

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                  While Missouri may not be the first part of the country that comes to mind when one thinks of rock climbing, the Midwestern state is home to some obscure classics and tons of rad potential. The climbing in Missouri ranges from hand-numbingly sharp at the old school Elephant Rocks to smoother and more friendly at the Silver Mines, a newer area. Check out Aidan Welby and Ben Mangelsdorf tackling some of their home state's testpieces and adding some new problems of their own. Elephant Rocks: King Midas v4 (FA), Paparazzi Slab v2 (FA), Rosin v6, Crumble Bum Doi v4 (FA), Trojan Man v9 Silver Mines: Cerberus v10 (FA), Move in Silence v9 (FA) Special thanks to Organic Climbing and Friction Labs Chalk!

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                  • The Secrets of So iLL

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                    The Holy Boulders in Southern Illinois is home to some of the most perfect sandstone boulders in the world. While many people know of problems like Jungle Book and The New Zero, there are hundreds of other problems hidden away in this amazing boulder field. This video attempts to shed some light on some of the other fantastic climbs at the Holies that may not be as well known. The Holies truly is a world class area! Special thanks to Organic Climbing. *** PLEASE DONATE TO THE ACCESS FUND TO HELP PROTECT WHAT'S HOLY! *** https://www.kintera.org/site/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b.8371223/k.C7CB/Protect_Whats_Holy/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=tmL5KhNWLrH&b=8371223&en=ehISKVMwEeIQIUMvGdLRJVOvHcKOK5OQJiIIIUNyH7IOKZMzGeJSJ9OUG Problems: Far Nearer v6 FA (1:37), Odd Job v8 (2:08), Red Sea v6 (3:00), The Brown Cow v7 (3:59), Atlas v5 (4:45), King Solomon v7 (5:25), Cain and Ankle v8 (5:47), Big Meech v8 FA (6:54), Evil Empyre v8 (8:19), Armageddon 5000 v10 (10:05) Climbers (in order of appearance): Ben Mangelsdorf, Aidan Welby, Dillon Lawrence, Jeremy Abraham, and a cameo from Travis Pagel Music: Trophies by Drake, Tammy's Song by Kendrick Lamar, Rich is Gangsta by Rick Ross, BTSTU (Edit) by Jai Paul instagram.com/floatfaction facebook.com/floatfaction twitter.com/floatfaction

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                    • God Module

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                      Ben Mangelsdorf sends God Module v11 at Horse Pens 40. Filmed by Aidan

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