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    Defined By The Line: Trailer and Fitz Cahall Interview

    Fitz Cahall’s new film explores the evolution of climber’s lives and Utah’s Cedar Mesa conservation effort.

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    Doctor of Climbology: 9 Must-Watch Climbing Films

    Doctor of Climbology is your shortcut to becoming cultured in climbing. An imperfect, unscientific guide to 55 must-read, must-see, must-hear climbing stories from masters of the art. From must-see DVD's, to Hollywood heroes, to movies so bad they're good, here are 9 climbing films every climber should watch.

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    Doctor of Climbology: 13 Must-Follow Climbing Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts

    Doctor of Climbology is your shortcut to becoming cultured in climbing. An imperfect, unscientific guide to 55 must-read, must-see, must-hear climbing stories from masters of the art. Here are 13 sources for digital climbing media interesting, funny, or outrageous enough to keep us clicking back.

  • Doctor of Climbology: 55 Must-Read, Must-See, and Must-Hear Climbing Stories

    Doctor of Climbology: 55 Must-Read, Must-See, and Must-Hear Climbing Stories

    Doctor of Climbology is your shortcut to becoming cultured in climbing. An imperfect, unscientific guide to 55 must-read, must-see, must-hear climbing stories from masters of the art.

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    Doctor of Climbology: 33 Must-Read Climbing Books

    Doctor of Climbology is your shortcut to becoming cultured in climbing. An imperfect, unscientific guide to 55 must-read, must-see, must-hear climbing stories from masters of the art. If you’re new to climbing literature, start with these 33 definitive tales of adventure.

  • HPMeaganMartinANW

    Interview: Meagan Martin - An American Ninja Warrior

    As a climber, it’s easy to watch American Ninja Warrior and say, “I could do that.” The obstacle course is full of things to be campused, jumped across, or balanced on. It seems designed for our skill set, with most objectives requiring a vice grip and unlimited pull-up strength. Competitive boulderer Meagan Martin wasn’t sure she could cruise the course when she was invited to audition by the show’s producers, but she did think it would be a fun challenge. She went on to become the first woman to finish the Denver qualifying course and the Jumping Spider obstacle in finals. We spoke to Martin about her experience.

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    The Mentorship Gap: What Climbing Gyms Can't Teach You

    The way we learn to climb has evolved. The was we mentor needs to change, too.

  • Golden Piton Awards 2013

    From the first 5.14d onsight to runout 5.13 traditional routes to a multitude of V-hard bouldering flashes, Climbing pays tribute to the most inspirational climbers, ascents, and routes of 2013 with the 12th annual Golden Piton Awards.

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    2012 Golden Piton Awards: The Year in Climbing

    With Climbing magazine's 11th annual Golden Piton Awards, we celebrate the biggest, hardest, fastest, and scariest ascents of 2012. Prepare to be inspired. Winners include The American Alpine Club, Cameron Hörst, Brooke Raboutou, Ashima Shiraishi, Alex Honnold, Kyle Dempster, Hayden Kennedy, Sean McColl, Adam Ondra, Tomoko Ogawa, and the Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

  • Pioneer, Legend Harvey T. Carter Dies

    Harvey Carter--climbing icon and legend--passed away Tuesday, March 13, at the age of 83. With a climbing career lasting more than 60 years, Carter pioneered and discovered many of the well-known climbing areas in the four-corners area, including the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and is rumored to have made over 5,000 first ascents.

  • The view from Gasherbrum II. Photo by Cory Richards

    2012 Golden Piton Awards

    On frozen Karakoram peaks, fierce alpine faces, and crags around the world, climbers killed it last year. Here, Climbing presents the 10th annual Golden Piton Awards for top performances in six disciplines: mountaineering, big wall, traditional climbing, crack climbing, sport climbing, and breakaway success.

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know about Dynos

    10 Things You Didn't Know about Dynos

    Call them what you will--"sloppy," "desperate," "intimidating," "amazing"--but dynamic moves are essential to our repertoire.

  • 2010 Golden Piton Awards

    2010 Golden Piton Awards

    Hardest, highest, fastest, best--it's human nature to submit our "ests" to the test. Is it an ego thing? A crude exercise in nationalism? A magazine scam for commercial interests? You could play it that way. But how boring. And futile. In the end, we appraise others' achievements and compare them to our own weekend-warrior world for one reason: to be inspired.

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    Half Life: Chris Sharma and His Career So Far

    Sharma has delivered everything that "the next generation" is supposed to in rock climbing. He has been setting new standards for 15 years—half his life. And now, on April 23, he turns 30.

  • Chloe Graftiaux Dies in the Alps

    Chloe Graftiaux Dies in the Alps

    8/23/10 - On Saturday, August 21, Belgian climber Chloe Graftiaux died after falling from the South Face of Aiguille Noire de Peuterey in the Mont Blanc.

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    10 Things You Didn't Know About Granite

    Granite. Climbers love it, even as it tears their flesh, steals their gear, and makes them feel oh-so-small. You know how granite feels under your hands and feet, how it smells, and the way it turns to gold in the last light of day, but here are a few things you probably didn't know.

  • Exclusive Interview: Traversi Nabs Sixth Ascent of Jade

    Exclusive Interview: Traversi Nabs Sixth Ascent of Jade

    On May 27 in Rocky Mountain National Park, Carlo Traversi completed the sixth ascent of Jade, a notoriously crimpy problem established in 2007 by Daniel Woods.

  • 40 Years of American Rock

    40 Years of American Rock

    1970, picture it: a cherry-red Mustang guns it up the back roads out of a podunk Hudson Valley college town, burning rubber past farmhouses and orchards and around tree-lined hairpins toward a notch in ridge-top cliffs.

  • 2009 Golden Piton Awards

    2009 Golden Piton Awards

    2009 has been a year of hardship and strife. It would be foolish to ignore the fact that the "recession" (OK, full-blown depression) continues. Still, climbers will climb, and it's nice to see that -- at least on the rocks and in the hills -- the movement hasn't been retrograde. In fact, it's been a damn good year for climbing.

  • The Guidebook Odyssey - Unearthing the epic task of writing a guidebook

    The Guidebook Odyssey - Unearthing the epic task of writing a guidebook

    Never a fan of guidebooks, I’ve long had a “just pick a route that looks good and climb“ mentality. “It’s supposed to be an adventure!“ I’d tell myself. Until one fateful day at Colorado‘s Eldorado Canyon.

  • 2008 Golden Piton Awards

    2008 Golden Piton Awards

    Climbing magazine presents its annual Golden Piton Awards for the top climbers in bouldering, sport climbing, competition climbing, alpine climbing, and more.

  • Stone Monkeys: Visions of the Modern-age Stonemasters

    Stone Monkeys: Visions of the Modern-age Stonemasters

    By Cedar Wright - Photos by Dean Fidelman - The Stone Monkeys are a slightly more inclusive, modern-day equivalent of the “Stonemasters,” the amorphous band of Valley hardmen who pushed the limits of climbing in the 1970s and ‘80s. However, to be a Stone Monkey, you don’t have to climb hard or be famous (though quite a few Monkeys fit this bill).

  • Chris Allport

    Climber Christopher Allport died in an avalanche in the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood, California on January 25th . A multi-sport athlete, as well as a talented actor and musician, Chris had a life-long love of the mountains, rivers, and coasts of California.

  • Dark Side of the Climber Mind

    Dark Side of the Climber Mind

    By Matt Samet, Kenneth Long, Fitz Cahall, Majka Burhardt, and Chad Shepard - We’ve gathered five essays linked by a common thread: dark manifestations of the climber mind because many climbers face these issues, but cowed by the cacophony of the dirtbag-chic, free-wheelin’ climbing community, silence themselves.

  • Chris Sharma: King Of Kings

    Chris Sharma: King Of Kings

    Chris Sharma, 26, an athlete endowed with unparalleled physical strength and mental tenacity, has dominated world sport climbing and bouldering for the last dozen years.

  • 2006 - Loss of a Legend

    2006 - Loss of a Legend

    On October 23, the climbing world lost a legend — Todd Skinner, originally of Pinedale, Wyoming, 47 at the time of his death and a leading big-wall free climber. Skinner died in an unrestrained 500-foot fall from the Leaning Tower in Yosemite National Park.

  • 2004 Golden Piton Awards: Bouldering

    Dai Koyamada's Wheel of Life in the Rave Cave in Australia's Grampians is a near-100-foot line that combines several double-digit roof problems, classics by Klem Loskot and Fred Nicole, into one megajourney that was just begging to be linked.

  • 2003 Golden Piton Awards: Bouldering

    2003 Golden Piton Awards: Bouldering

    The Golden Piton for bouldering in 2003 goes to Jason Kehl, for his unroped, crash-padded, highball ascent of Dave Graham’s two-bolt Rumney 5.14d (or V13?), The Fly.

  • Legends: Angie Payne

    I climbed a desert tower, Ancient Art. I got close to the top, and it has this sidewalk that you have to cross and you have to end up on this weird formation. I got across the sidewalk part, and it started raining and storming. I had never been in that kind of situation. And it was surprising to me that so many people go through that, and they really enjoy that, I think. And I was just really terrified.

  • Bloopers

    When I hang out with other pro climbing photographers, we don’t talk about things like f/stops, shutter speeds, or the newest and lightest camera body. Catching up over drinks by an open fire at Indian Creek or at some lame industry party at the Salt Lake trade show, we talk shit. Sometimes literally. This is not a story about how professional climbing photographers capture the ultimate climbing moment. These are our tales of comedy and peril—and shit.

  • Corey Rich

    Corey Rich's storytelling passion and keen eye—and a dose of good luck—have turned him into one of the most successful rock climbing and mountaineering photographers in the outdoor industry. As a partner of the prolific Aurora stock agency, his business skill and savvy are almost as impressive as his imagery. Rich, 35, has a down-to-earth persona that belies his success.

  • Dean Fidelman

    Dean Fidelman, 54, grew up in L.A., learned to climb at age 15, and in the 1970s became a member—and the unofficial team photographer—of the Stonemasters. His black-and-white imagery of Bachar, Hill, Long, Sorenson, Yablonski, and the rest of that hardcore SoCal group might be the most celebrated climbing action-portraiture ever done.

  • Brian Runnells (aka The Climbing Narc)

    With user-friendly, DIY websites, anyone can run a rock climbing blog. But few update their blogs several times daily—and attract more than 2,500 unique visitors per day. Brian Runnells, aka the Climbing Narcissist, is one of those few. The Wisconsin native created about four years ago, and he now spends 10 to 20 hours a week posting competition results, news of hard ascents around the world, videos, and debates over controversial topics.

  • Adam Henry

    Adam Henry, 39, one of the Southeast’s leading access and new-route advocates, was born in Houston to an engineer father who passed away when Henry was 9. His mother did whatever was necessary to keep life comfortable, despite money struggles. At 14, Henry worked 12-hour days in construction — earning $20 a day — to help pay the bills. From age 5 to 18, Henry played football, leaving the sport after he discovered climbing at the Palisades, Alabama.

  • Kasia Pietras - The 2009 Triple Crown Queen

    I met up with Kasia Pietras, who won the 2009 Triple Crown Open Women’s overall title. The interview took place at Kasia’s workplace, the Tennessee Bouldering Authority (, a southeastern bouldering institution where several of the regions strongest rock rats train. Pietras grew up in Chicago and regularly drove seven hours to Kentucky, to sport climb in the Red River Gorge. Before the recorder began, she explained that she’s currently attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, but plans to start attending massage therapy school in the fall.

  • The Guatemalan - Gabriel Moch’s North American Boulderering Journey

    At 23 years old Gabriel Moch has reached an impressive level as the second Latin American climber to send The Mandala (V12) at the Buttermilk Boulders, near Bishop California. Moch was born in Guatemala, raised in Brazil and began climbing at the age of ripe age 16. After only two years on the rock he sent Morfina (5.13a) at Cerra do Cipo, in Brazil and helped develop a bouldering area near Sao Paulo called Valinhos with over 300 problems varying from V0-V10 where he made the first ascent of many of them.

  • The Phil Schaal Interview

    By Caroline Treadway (aka C-Note) courtesy of - Phil Schaal’s been killing it recently. In the past year alone, this Connecticut climber has ticked 15 V13s, including some rare repeats of hard East Coast lines —The Book of Bitter Aspects (V13) in Bradley, Conn., Agent Orange (V13) in the Gunks, and the Chelsea Smile (V13), Ty Landman’s new sit start to Divine Providence in Lincoln Woods.

  • The Thunder from Down Under

    When I first met Chris Webb Parsons, he was just some random climber around a campfire in Australia. It was 2007, and I was camping alone amongst the kangaroos, wallabies, and kookaburras at Stapleton Campground, in the Grampians. Eating sardines in the dark one night, Chris and his mates invited me over to their circle.

  • Everything is Illuminated

    Interviews by Matt Samet - “Sleep came easily before the redpoint,” says Shawn Diamond, 26, of his December 28 FA of the hyper-perilous Luminance (V11), a 16-move highball at the Buttermilk, California. “But I could hardly close my eyes the night after, from the adrenaline.” Diamond, a Cali native now in med school at the University of Cornell Weill Medical College in New York City, was spotted (bravely) by Sara Orens and Walker Emerson, the latter tying into an anchor, to keep him and Diamond from plunging 40 feet off the downsloping ledge below the problem.

  • David Ethan Graham - Professional Climber, Loner Gypsy, Cult-Sci-Fi Fanatic, Laptop Beat Maker, Nocturnal Tweaker; formerly of Portland, Maine

    Compiled by Abbey Smith - The hard-climbing icon Dave Graham, 26, is manic, tweaky, and opinionated. He’s also best understood in person and in his element - with friends and at the rocks, where you’ll find him in a hoody and sneakers, waving his gangly arms to pantomime Beta.

  • Lisa Rands on The Mandala

    Interview by Justin Roth - On January 18, 2008, Lisa Rands nabbed the first female ascent of The Mandala (V12; FA Chris Sharma, 2000), in Bishop, California. The tall, overhung prow was for decades dismissed as too futuristic and to this day remains one of the most coveted and storied problems in American bouldering.

  • The Complete Jim Holloway Interview

    In 1975, Jim Holloway, 6' 4" and with cable for tendons, shoed up beneath Cloud Shadow Wall, above Boulder, Colorado. His project lay on the convex east end of the sandstone face. Holloway fished his right hand into a fingertip undercling, crimped the left on a layaway, and pulled on.

  • Ready, Set, Wall

    Imagine an artificial boulder the size of a gigantic mushroom parked in the middle of Vail village, Colorado. Now, imagine a team of climbers ranging from 12 to 24 years old gathered in record high temperatures to challenge each other for a $16,000 overall purse. Event Gallery by Devaki Murch, Cody Blair, and Devin Balet

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know about Bouldering Grades

    10 Things You Didn't Know about Bouldering Grades

    Homo sapiens did not stand upright and then go straight to bouldering V16. The V-grades and French Fontainebleau grades that are today's gold standards took time to disseminate, with other scales proposed along the way. In fact, it was John Gill's B-system, advanced over a half-century ago as Gill devoted himself almost exclusively to bouldering, that set the stage for today's popular, open-ended V-system.