Dave Sanders knows there's No Place Like Home (5.11c), Lady Slipper-Emerald City, Red River Gorge Kentucky.
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.
- Photo By: James Q Martin jamesqmartin.com
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.
- Photo By: Celin Serbo serbophoto.com
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 D — How Rifle Mountain Park Became the “Land of 5.13d”
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.
- Photo By: Simon Carter onsight.com.au
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.
- Photo By: Michael Clark michaelclarkphoto.com
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.