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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Hard Way

    Vasya Vorotnikov, who authored a new 5.15 (Jaws II at Rumney, NH) earlier this year, does it The Hard Way (5.14a), Marshfield, Vermont. This photo is only part of Tim Kemple's Autumn Explosion adieu to the Northeast's crispiest climbing season ever! (FOR MORE: See page 60 of Climbing Magazine's January 2008 Issue — No. 263) BONUS: Watch a video of Vasya Vorotnikov on The Hard Way.

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    Golden Shower

    Stack the pads and rally the crew: Bishop highballing season is on. Here, Lisa Rands makes the mondo lockoff on Golden Shower (V10), a Buttermllk big'un and one of the lines at the Pollen Grains. Rands' was the first female ascent of the climb.

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    Indian Creek

    On Labor Day weekend at Indian Creek Canyon, Utah, you'd usually find at least a few shade-seeking locals, but not this time. The weatherman called it hot — Africa hot — so everyone stayed home. Well, everyone but the gods of sunset and sandstone, who smiled on the Wingate in this symphonic display of desert color.

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    Welcome to the Slabs of Koricancha

    Off his training wheels and smack dab in the middle of a 13-pitcher on La Esfinge (aka the Sphinx), a 17,470-foot granite pike in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, the young Scott Corey edges up the second free ascent (with Steve Schneider) of Welcome to the Slabs of Koricancha (VI 5.13a).

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    The Plunger

    After uncorking the Plunger (ca. 6,300 feet), a prominent pinnacle on the Pika Glacier of Alaska's Little Switzeland, John Mattson and Josh Zimmerman take in a rich alpine vista. Mattson fired the one-pitch line(5.12-) onsight for the tower's FFA.

  • LatmosTurkey-259_FMoix.jpg Photo By: Fred Moix


    Bafa, Latmos, Turkey, Kapikiri, Ionia ... Rouhling? Yes, Rouhling. Here Mr. Fred takes on the benign Carapeace, on Bafa Lake in Turkey's city of Heraklea. And the bouldering? Otherworldly.

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    Southwest Arete - Grandma Peabody

    Some call it V0, others call it 5.9+, but no matter how you slice The Southwest Aréte of Grandma Peabody, It's pure Buttermilk-patina money. Here, Natasha Barnes keeps her poise on this grandmother of all cruiser highballs.

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    Fluorescent Falcon

    Melissa Lacasse stretching for all she’s worth on Fluorescent Falcon (5.12c), Shuteye Ridge, California.

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    Northwest Pillar - Chomolhari

    This way to the gold — a crew of Slovenians, including Marko Prezelj, heads toward Chomolhari (23,996 feet), near the Tibet/Bhutan border. Prezelj and fellow countryman Boris Lorencic’s first ascent of the peak’s striking Northwest Pillar (delineated by the sun/shadow line) earned them a 2006 Global Alpine Golden Piton and a Piolet d’Or.

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    Miami Ice

    Where’s Crockett and Tubbs? Whit Magro on Miami Ice (WI5+), South Fork Valley, near Cody, Wyoming.

  • maplecanyon256-burr.jpg Photo By: Andrew Burr

    The Emancipation of Dissonance

    Desiree Cole cruising cobbles on The Emancipation of Dissonance (5.11c), Maple Canyon, Utah.

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    Triassic Park

    Orem Bandlebush floating a V4 arete at Triassic Park, Utah.

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    Ham and Eggs

    With the sheer faces of Mount Dickey (left) and Mount Barille looming above, Jay Patterson and Michael Gatling head back down the Ruth Glacier after an aborted attempt on the classic Ham and Eggs (V 5.8 AI4) of Moose’s Tooth.

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    Silent Menace

    Curtis Suave on Silent Menace (5.14a), Cacodemon Boulders, Squamish, British Columbia.

  • HainabrakkSpires256-Kopold.jpg Photo By: Jozef "dodo" Kopold

    Hainabrakk Spires

    The Hainabrakk Spires of Pakistan’s Trango Valley coated in winter gnarliness.

  • larange256-blair.jpg Photo By: Cody Blair

    Blinded by the Right

    Chris Carpenter swinging through on Blinded by the Right (V4), Cibola, New Mexico.

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    Where to begin? On the road to endless bouldering, Rocklands, South Africa.

  • MonumentValley-Erber-256.jpg Photo By: Hermann Erber

    Totem Pole and Yei Bei Chei

    Look, but don’t touch — the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei towers are considered sacred to the Navajo Nation and are currently off limits to climbing.

  • Kalymnos-Moix-256.jpg Photo By: Fred Moix

    Marci Marc

    Sam Gerault cruising above the Aegean Sea on Marci Marc (5.12d), Kalymnos, Greece.

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    Psychedelic Wall

    The beautiful third pitch of Psychedelic Wall. When conditions are good on Ben Nevis, you can climb almost anywhere, as long as you're bold enough. For more about climbing in Scotland Read Rime and Punishment by Dougald Macdonald

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    Fine Jade

    Ines Papert, on lead, and Mike Brumbaugh plug into the stunning third pitch of the Rectory’s Fine Jade, likely the most popular 5.11 tower route in the Utah desert.

  • Alquezar-BGimenez-255.jpg Photo By: Bernardo Gimenez

    Los Quijotes del Montañismo

    The entire country of Spain is one giant chunk of perfect limestone, with endless walls and caves filled with dreamy sport climbing. Example #2,562: Carlos Logroño cranking on Alquezar’s Los Quijotes del Montañismo (5.13b).

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    Shipton Spire

    Big, gnarly, and unclimbed, the seldom seen north face of Shipton Spire (19,199 feet) was attempted this past summer by two Slovakians, Gabo Câmárik and Jozef "Dodo" Kopold, via mixed terrain right of the hanging serac. Illness forced them to turn around less than halfway up the line. The pair would later go on to establish a new route up neighboring Uli Biaho (21,053 feet; see Climbing No. 252 for the Hot Flashes report on their ascent).

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    Uncle Remus

    The fearless Michael Reardon adds another climb (this time it's a J-Tree 5.11b, Uncle Remus) to his amazing free-solo resume. To read Reardon's feature on solists who've hit the ground and lived, please visit

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    Tales of the Scorpion

    Brody Greer and Dave Littman hanging it out on the third ascent of the Streaked Wall’s Tales of the Scorpion (VI 5.10 A3+), Zion National Park, Utah. The only person to have climbed all three routes on the Streaked Wall? Valley big-wall master Ammon McNeely.

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    Castle Hill

    If you look closely you'll find the climber and spotter in this sureal image captured at the limestone paradise of Castle Hill, New Zealand.

  • TonsaiBeach-DawnKish-252.jpg Photo By: Dawn Kish

    Tonsai Beach

    James Wyland slacking off after another stellar day of limestone cragging at Tonsai Beach, Thailand. And yes, there is some perfect deep-water soloing on the rocky island in the background.

  • El-Cap-panorama-chasteen.jpg Photo By: Andrew Chasteen

    El Cap Panorama

    In early June Midwestern hardmen Tony Mayse and Clay Frisbie completed Yosemite's infamous link up of the Regular Route on Half Dome and El Cap's Nose in a day. The pair climbed hard, endured exhaustion, got down safe and shared an incredible experience. CLICK HERE for the gallery

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    The Last Dance

    Jason Kehl makes the first ascent of The Last Dance, (V8), Mt. Evans, Colorado. Video still courtesy of Rocky Mountain HighballOn April 27, 2009, Yama Studio, along with The American Alpine Club, presented the world premiere of Rocky Mountain Highball at The Boulder Theater.

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    The Island

    What's it take to send V15? Most of us will never know... The high resolution details like the chalk flying between these two crazy slopers and the intensity in Dave Grahams's eyes gives you a taste of The Island (V15) at Fontainebleau. See: Graham Puts Up V15 in Cradle of Bouldering and Dave Graham - Pro Blog 15 for more