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  • RRG-Aburr09-CLMPA-276.jpg Photo By: Andrew Burr

    No Place Like Home

    Dave Sanders knows there's No Place Like Home (5.11c), Lady Slipper-Emerald City, Red River Gorge Kentucky.

  • Bicipital-Groove-2009.jpg Photo By: Anne Anderson

    Bicipital Groove

    Don Anderson charging up his Bicipital Groove (5.12b), named due to the bicep intensive nature of the climbing that's packed with many underclings and general burliness on the first half of the route. The FA. was bolted and sent by Don Anderson in July 2009 at Column of the Giants, California.

  • Cochise-Stronghold-275.jpg Photo By: James Q Martin

    Uncertainty Principle

    Sarah Watson climbs sure on Uncertainty Principle (5.11), Cochise Stronghold, Arizona. To see more photos by Martin check out the the feature article by Fitz Cahall: COCHISE WHISPERS A domeland wilderness in the Arizona desert that was once a hideout for the Chiricahua Apache — it’s Cochise Stronghold, where the ghosts of history and tradmasters of present mingle on some damned fine Southwestern granite.

  • AndrewBurr-UtahIce-272.jpg Photo By: Andrew Burr

    Storm Mountain Falls

    Caroline George on the three-pitch Storm Mountain Falls (WI4/5), Big Cottonwood Canyon, just above Salt Lake City, Utah. The climb, says the photgrapher Andrew Burr, usually only forms around the winter solstice, and then for mere days.

  • Chicken-and-a-Forty.jpg Photo By: Andy Mann

    Chicken and a 40

    TJ Birchfield climbs Chicken and a 40 (V6), a classic Colorado highball near Meeker Park.

  • Pizem_Burr_Army.jpg Photo By: Andrew Burr

    Army of Darkness

    Roof-crack-spelunking hero Rob Pizem campuses though his Army of Darkness (5.13d), a 45-foot ceiling near Moab, Utah, sent last March.

  • Kemple_Shipton-Pakistan-270.jpg Photo By: Tim Kemple

    Trango Valley

    The silent summits of the Trango Valley, Baltoro region, Karakoram Himal, Pakistan. The twin-pointed Cat's Ear Spire is on the left, the massive Shipton Spire is in the center and The Flame is the thin pinnacle on the far right.

  • Cracked_Open_Sky-268.jpg Photo By: Celin Serbo

    Cracked-Open Sky

    Chris Weidner on the trademark Rifle rest — a double-kneebar bat hang — Cracked-Open Sky (5.13d), Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado. For more, read the feature by Matt Samet and Chris Weidner: THE BIG DHow Rifle Mountain Park Became the “Land of 5.13d”

  • Mount-Hunters-North-face.jpg Photo By: Freddie Wilkinson

    North Buttress - Mount Hunter

    If being an alpine paparazzi is your thing, it’s hard to beat hanging out at basecamp on the Southeast fork of the Kahilitna glacier in Alaska. Nobody gets more scrutiny then those attempting the North Buttress of Mount Hunter, a gleaming turret of ice and rock only two miles from basecamp. See Freddie Wilkinson - Pro Blog 7 for more Photo by Freddie Wilkinson.

  • Pawtuckaway-Terrorist267.jpg Photo By: Tim Kemple


    Brett Meyers on the high-tech Terrorist (V6), Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire. Check out the rest of the great shots from Pawtuckaway State Park in Climbing No. 267 - July 2008.

  • SCarter-FiguresonLandscape.jpg Photo By: Simon Carter

    Figures on a Landscape

    It's a long voyage from Australia to Joshua Tree National Park, California, but when one of the planet's top climbing photographers—the Aussie Simon Carter—tells you he wants to point his glass at the world's best trad-cragging area you don't say no. On the cover of Climbing's April Issue - No. 265 - and in our High-Desert Spring Gallery (p.48), find Joshua Tree revisited and reimagined—sun, cactus, cracks, spires, and boulders—4,000 routes for the taking. Shown here: Joshua Tree’s one and only Figures on a Landscape (5.10b), North Astro Dome, Wonderland of Rocks.

  • JoshuaTree-MClark-262.jpg Photo By: Michael Clark

    Southwest Arete - Headstone Rock

    For a Joshua tree to begin life, a seed must generate, requiring perfectly timed rain in a place — Joshua Tree National Park — that yearly sees four inches pr precip. So while we climbers love the cloudless days, the Joshua trees dotting this surreal high-desert plateau might not. Here, Kurt Smith does a rain dance on the Southwest Aréte (runout 5.7) of Headstone Rock, Ryan Campground.