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Features

Fog, frothy waters, and damp gear define Scotland's sea stacks; how to build your perfect home wall woody.

Destinations

Find 26 peaks and zero crowds in New Mexico's Organ Mountains; six backcountry sport routes that deserve your time and effort; six professional guides list their favorite alternative routes to crowded classics.

Skills, Health, and Training

Correct your posture and stretch out with these yoga poses before your next backcountry endeavor; use the gear you have to treat injuries; the gear you need on a big wall; how to use a grigri properly; and how to lose weight safely.

Gear

Five bullet packs that will help you get to the summit.

Previous Issues

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    October 2013 - 319 - Big Trip Issue

  • Climbing-Cover-318

    September 2013 - 318

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    August 2013 - 317

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    June 2013 - 316 - Photo Annual

  • Climbing cover May issue

    May 2013 - 315

  • Climbing magazine April Gear Guide

    April 2013 - 314 - Gear Guide

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    March 2013 - 313

  • CLM-Cover-310

    November 2012 - 309

  • Climbing-Magazine-Cover-October-309-375

    October 2012 - 308

  • Climbing-Magazine-Cover-August-308-375

    September 2012 - 308

    COVER: Alex Honnold crimps 5.13 edges during the first free ascent of Giraffe Libre, El Gran Trono Blanco, Mexico. Photo by Andrew Burr. NON-TRADITIONAL: Sport climbers, rejoice! Eight multi-pitches fit for bolt-clipping climbers. GRANITO CALIENTE: Free climbing two historic routes on Mexico's El Gran Trono Blanco. TEN SLEEP: Cowboys, good vibes, and ice cream! Here, 21 things to know about Wyoming's limestone paradise.

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    August 2012 - 307

    COVER: Laura Pastorelli styles New (6b+/5.10d) in Val di Mello, Italy. Photo by Andrew Burr. HEMP ROPE CLASSICS: Eight still-outstanding rock climbs established before WWII. LA VALLE: Gorgeous photos and 150 years of history from Val Masino, the Yosemite Valley of northern Italy. ROAD WARRIORS: Skip the grueling high-altitude approaches—head to Colorado's Mt. Evans for drive-up alpine crags.

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    June/July 2012 - 306 - Photo Annual

    COVER: Way out in the Joshua Tree backcountry, Rob Moellering climbs the Weasel Boys Arête (5.12b) on the Lost Pencil. Photo by Jim Thornburg. GALEN ROWELL'S SIERRA CLASSICS: Peter Croft highlights eight amazing rock routes in the High Sierra. SHOOTERS' CHOICE: Eight top-flight climbing photographers share their favorite crags. 7 UNDER 30: Argentina, France, Utah, California, Australia... A portfolio from seven great up-and-coming photographers.

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    May 2012 - 305

    COVER: Chris Hirsch high on Chemical Wire (5.11), Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. Photo by Andrew Burr. BECKEY'S FAVORITES: Eight amazing rock routes from the legendary climber's huge book. RUSHMORE: Inside the new guidebook to South Dakota's crystal towers. NEW VS. RED: How Southeastern climbers battled for bragging rights to the "Best Crag in America."

  • April 2012 - 304 - GEAR GUIDE

    April 2012 - 304 - GEAR GUIDE

    COVER: Peter Vintoniv on McCarthy North Face (5.11a), Devils Tower, Wyoming. Photo by Andrew Burr. 2012 GEAR GUIDE: Editors' Choice for best gear of the year. Gear reviews for bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, and alpine climbing. How to Buy articles for belay devices, harnesses, helmets, cams, ropes, and shoes. Innovators: Jason Kehl, Heinz Mariacher, Bill Belcourt, and Bill Forrest.

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    February 2012 - 302

    COVER: Thomasina Pidgeon on Cutting Edge (V4) at Squamish, BC. Photo by Rich Wheater / age fotostock. THE SANDSTONE ALPS: Utah's San Rafael Reef isn't for everyone. And that's exactly why some climbers love it. THE GOLDEN PITONS: Climbing's 10th annual survey of the year's most outrageous climbing achievements. CATSKILLS ICE: New York's Catskill Park is a little-known mecca for ice climbing, within a half day's drive of millions of people.

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    December/January 2012 - 301

    COVER: Nope, it's not Aron Ralston. It's Pete Whittaker on Century Crack (5.14b) in Utah's Monument Basin. Photo by Alex Ekins. SURVIVORS: Climbing's history is packed with amazing survival stories. Here, 25 of the most inspiring. MORE THAN ABLE: After a near-fatal accident, Craig DeMartino didn't let amputation limit his life. Instead, life handed him more opportunities than ever. STAYING ALIVE: Veteran climbing rangers from Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, and Grand Teton national parks share their top tips.

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    November 2011 - 300

    COVER: From left: George Lowe, Angie Payne, Tommy Caldwell, and Lynn Hill. Photo by Claudia Lopez. LEGACY: Four icons of climbing speak out on heroes, ethics, the Olympic Games, and the future of the sport. PRO-SPECTIVE: If you could only do one climb before you died, what would it be? GEAR HALL OF FAME: The editors pick their favorite, time-tested ice tools, pro, clothing, and more. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Six great crags that changed American climbing forever.

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    October 2011 - 299

    COVER: Ari Menitov stylin' on California's Tehipite Dome. Photo by Andrew Burr. NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Fall in New England isn’t just for leaf peepers. Check out these eye-popping images of locals’ favorite 5.10s. REVELATIONS: After four years of effort, a first ascent in the Alaska Range brings a mixed bag of emotions. HIGH AND WILD: Free climbing on the Sierra’s biggest, baddest backcountry dome. CLIMB SMARTER: 50 common mistakes that every climber must avoid.

  • September 2011 - 298

    September 2011 - 298

    COVER: James Pearson psychs up for the crux overhang on the Arch of Bashikele, Ennedi Desert, Chad. Photo by Jimmy Chin. Colorado Gold:The vast South Platte region is a granite paradise stacked with domes, spires, and crags of all sizes. By Jason Haas. City to Summit: Mountain climbing doesn’t have to mean an expedition. By Brendan Leonard. Sand Castles: Sketchy summits, blinding dust, triple-digit heat, and knifewielding locals: Do you have what it takes to climb in Africa’s Ennedi Desert? By Mark Synnott

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    August 2011 - 297 - High Country Issue

    COVER: Steve Elia climbing on the Aiguille du Moine, near Chamonix, France. PatitucciPhoto. Better than Lucky: At age 12, Colin Haley set a lifetime goal of climbing Cerro Torre, and at age 22, he accomplished that mission—with a first ascent. By Chris Weidner. Oasis: When summertime heat blasts the crowded Salt Lake metro area, climbers escape to Lone Peak Cirque for chill camping and pristine granite walls. By Andrew Burr. Kings of the Cascades: The Lower 48's greatest glaciated peaks offer lifetimes of mountaineering challenges. Here, five classic volcano routes, from beginner to expert. By John Connor.

  • Sonya Remington on JR Token (5.10), Trout Creek, Oregon. Photo by Ben Herndon

    June/July 2011 - 296 - Photo Annual

    COVER: Sonya Remington on JR Token (5.10), Trout Creek, Oregon. Photo by Ben Herndon. 5.9: The Crossroads: This grade once represented the hardest climbing imaginable. Now, it's simply some of the best. By Jim Thornburg. First Come, First Served: You never know exactly what you'll find when you start up a new route. And that's exactly the appeal. By Andrew Burr. Bloopers: Ten professional climbing photographers describe what happens when the shoot hits the fan. By James Q Martin.

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    May 2011 - 295

    COVER: Ueli Steck races toward the summit of the Eiger in Switzerland. Photo by Robert Bosch. DEEP WISDOM: When Tennessee climbers found a new crag, developed it in secret, and then saw it shut down, it was the same old story in the South. But this time, the ending was different. THE LOVE LETTER: Overworked and borderline depressed, a climber and his favorite partner—his wife—plot a dream trip to the High Sierra. RAPID TRANSIT: From the Alps to the Himalaya, Swiss climber Ueli Steck is the fastest man in the mountains. He trains harder than most Olympians, and here he reveals his motivations and methods.

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    2011 Gear Guide - April - 294

    2011 GEAR GUIDE: Editors' Choice Awards: After months of testing, we reveal our picks for the nine most innovate and exciting new products of the year. Haul Bag: More great gear, from sleeping bags to burritos, wind shells to tents, watches to first aid kits. Walk Off: Survive this! What do to if you drop or lose the gear in this guide. Beginner's Corner: How to buy your first belay device, harness, helmet, rope, and climbing shoes.

  • March 2011 - 293

    March 2011 - 293

    COVER: Kurt Astner on Phoenix (5.13a), Yosemite National Park, possibly the world's first 5.13. LAKE EFFECT: Timid topropers and the boldest leaders thrive side by side at Devil's Lake, the Midwest's most storied climbing area. FAITH: Spain is all about sport climbing on sunny limestone, right? Welcome to Pedriza, Spain's mecca for granite friction slabs. THE HOT LIST: Climbing's inaugural guide to the best new routes and crags of the year.

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    February 2011 - 292

    COVER: Chris Sharma on La Perla (5.14a), bolted and climbed in the spring of 2009 at Margalef, Spain. HALF LIFE: Chris Sharma is turning 30 in April. In our in-depth interview, Chris explains why he's so happy to settle down at last—and how that will help him climb harder than ever. THE WANKER 101: You can climb V1 and V0. But can you climb it all day? GOLDEN PITON AWARDS: Celebrating this year's hottest sport, alpine, ice, bouldering, and endurance achievements.

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    December 2010 - 291

    COVER: Adrien Erlandson shakes out on Thin Chance, Hyalite Canyon, Montana. SOFT KOR: Not all Layton Kor's masterpieces were desperate frightfests. DIAMONDS IN THE DUST: A spur-of-the-moment trip to Oman reveals great climbing and a fascinating, friendly culture. BAJA UNREQUITED: It was such a brilliant plan: unclimbed cliffs approached by inflatable kayak. What could go wrong?

  • November 2010 - 290

    November 2010 - 290

    COVER: Climbers on Chopicalqui in Peru's Cordillera Blanca; Photo by Alexandre Buisse; ANGELS OF MONT BLANC: The elite alpinists, medics, and pilots of Chamonix's PGHM... By Neil Brodie; WING AND A PRAYER: Was Maurice Wilson crazy or ahead of his time...? By Martin Gutmann; TROUBLE WITH ME: A brash, late-night vow leads to an all-out effort at Gogarth... By Nick Bullock

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    October 2010 - 289

    COVER: Kevin Jorgeson on the 5.13b ninth pitch of the uncompleted Dawn Wall free climb. Photo by Corey Rich; STONEY POINT: The beauty of these tattooed L.A. boulders may only be in the minds of the beholders... By Cole Gibson; THE PROJECT: Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are beginning year four of their attempt to free-climb El Cap... By Dougald MacDonald; THE COLOSSUS: After 20 years of climbing desert towers, what could possibly offer a new challenge? By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett

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    September 2010 - 288

    COVER: Chris Sierzant Rambo-styles it on Merman (V6) at Hippie Hole, Little River Canyon, Tennessee. Photo by Tomas Donoso; DEEP SOUTH WATER SCRAMBLING: It's hot in Chattanooga—before you do something you'll regret, head for the river; WIND, SAND, AND SCARS: Follow an old mining road to a Utah river, launch your canoe, and drift into a world of desert towers; HOLLYWOOD HIDEOUT: Malibu Creek State Park hides some of SoCal's sweetest pocket pulling.

  • August 2010 - 287 - High Country Issue

    August 2010 - 287 - High Country Issue

    COVER: Majka Burhardt on the Mountaineers Route (5.9), Elephant's Perch, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho. Photo by James Q Martin; SKYLADDERS: Far above timberline, these are the proudest rock climbs in North America; UNDER ANGEL WINGS: California's High Sierra is littered with pristine boulders, some located so far out in the backcountry that no one would ever hike in the pads needed to climb them; THE ONE THING: What one thing most helped you improve? SAWTOOTH DAYDREAM: Join the author in his quest to fulfill a fantasy as two strong teams of women tick the burly classics of the Elephant's Perch in Idaho.

  • June 2010 - 286 - Photo Annual

    June 2010 - 286 - Photo Annual

    COVER: Joey Kinder on the midway crux on a project in the Hurricave, Utah. Photo by Keith Ladzinski; NGA XUONG SONG - Deep water soloing in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay; TAULITTUQ - An Arctic Odyssey; BLACK CANYON OUTTAKES - Tales from Colorado's uniquely scary big walls

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    May 2010 - 285 - 40th Anniversary Edition

    40 YEARS OF AMERICAN ROCK - A look back (with a few twists) at four decades of ascents, clmbers, and ideas; HEIDI ALMIGHTY - She's taking on a new challenge: funding the education of young women in central Asia; BUOUX - Come see this world-class crag for yourself...

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    June/July 2012 - 306 - Photo Annual

    COVER: Way out in the Joshua Tree backcountry, Rob Moellering climbs the Weasel Boys Arête (5.12b) on the Lost Pencil. Photo by Jim Thornburg. GALEN ROWELL'S SIERRA CLASSICS: Peter Croft highlights eight amazing rock routes in the High Sierra. SHOOTERS' CHOICE: Eight top-flight climbing photographers share their favorite crags. 7 UNDER 30: Argentina, France, Utah, California, Australia... A portfolio from seven great up-and-coming photographers.

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    May 2012 - 305

    COVER: Chris Hirsch high on Chemical Wire (5.11), Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota. Photo by Andrew Burr. BECKEY'S FAVORITES: Eight amazing rock routes from the legendary climber's huge book. RUSHMORE: Inside the new guidebook to South Dakota's crystal towers. NEW VS. RED: How Southeastern climbers battled for bragging rights to the "Best Crag in America."

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    April 2012 - 304 - GEAR GUIDE

    COVER: Peter Vintoniv on McCarthy North Face (5.11a), Devils Tower, Wyoming. Photo by Andrew Burr. 2012 GEAR GUIDE: Editors' Choice for best gear of the year. Gear reviews for bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, and alpine climbing. How to Buy articles for belay devices, harnesses, helmets, cams, ropes, and shoes. Innovators: Jason Kehl, Heinz Mariacher, Bill Belcourt, and Bill Forrest.

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    February 2012 - 302

    COVER: Thomasina Pidgeon on Cutting Edge (V4) at Squamish, BC. Photo by Rich Wheater / age fotostock. THE SANDSTONE ALPS: Utah's San Rafael Reef isn't for everyone. And that's exactly why some climbers love it. THE GOLDEN PITONS: Climbing's 10th annual survey of the year's most outrageous climbing achievements. CATSKILLS ICE: New York's Catskill Park is a little-known mecca for ice climbing, within a half day's drive of millions of people.

  • CLM-Cover-301_33857.jpg

    December/January 2012 - 301

    COVER: Nope, it's not Aron Ralston. It's Pete Whittaker on Century Crack (5.14b) in Utah's Monument Basin. Photo by Alex Ekins. SURVIVORS: Climbing's history is packed with amazing survival stories. Here, 25 of the most inspiring. MORE THAN ABLE: After a near-fatal accident, Craig DeMartino didn't let amputation limit his life. Instead, life handed him more opportunities than ever. STAYING ALIVE: Veteran climbing rangers from Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, and Grand Teton national parks share their top tips.

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    November 2011 - 300

    COVER: From left: George Lowe, Angie Payne, Tommy Caldwell, and Lynn Hill. Photo by Claudia Lopez. LEGACY: Four icons of climbing speak out on heroes, ethics, the Olympic Games, and the future of the sport. PRO-SPECTIVE: If you could only do one climb before you died, what would it be? GEAR HALL OF FAME: The editors pick their favorite, time-tested ice tools, pro, clothing, and more. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Six great crags that changed American climbing forever.

  • CLM-Cover-299_33071.jpg

    October 2011 - 299

    COVER: Ari Menitov stylin' on California's Tehipite Dome. Photo by Andrew Burr. NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Fall in New England isn’t just for leaf peepers. Check out these eye-popping images of locals’ favorite 5.10s. REVELATIONS: After four years of effort, a first ascent in the Alaska Range brings a mixed bag of emotions. HIGH AND WILD: Free climbing on the Sierra’s biggest, baddest backcountry dome. CLIMB SMARTER: 50 common mistakes that every climber must avoid.

  • CLM-Cover-298_32925.jpg

    September 2011 - 298

    COVER: James Pearson psychs up for the crux overhang on the Arch of Bashikele, Ennedi Desert, Chad. Photo by Jimmy Chin. Colorado Gold:The vast South Platte region is a granite paradise stacked with domes, spires, and crags of all sizes. By Jason Haas. City to Summit: Mountain climbing doesn’t have to mean an expedition. By Brendan Leonard. Sand Castles: Sketchy summits, blinding dust, triple-digit heat, and knifewielding locals: Do you have what it takes to climb in Africa’s Ennedi Desert? By Mark Synnott

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    August 2011 - 297 - High Country Issue

    COVER: Steve Elia climbing on the Aiguille du Moine, near Chamonix, France. PatitucciPhoto. Better than Lucky: At age 12, Colin Haley set a lifetime goal of climbing Cerro Torre, and at age 22, he accomplished that mission—with a first ascent. By Chris Weidner. Oasis: When summertime heat blasts the crowded Salt Lake metro area, climbers escape to Lone Peak Cirque for chill camping and pristine granite walls. By Andrew Burr. Kings of the Cascades: The Lower 48's greatest glaciated peaks offer lifetimes of mountaineering challenges. Here, five classic volcano routes, from beginner to expert. By John Connor.

  • Sonya Remington on JR Token (5.10), Trout Creek, Oregon. Photo by Ben Herndon

    June/July 2011 - 296 - Photo Annual

    COVER: Sonya Remington on JR Token (5.10), Trout Creek, Oregon. Photo by Ben Herndon. 5.9: The Crossroads: This grade once represented the hardest climbing imaginable. Now, it's simply some of the best. By Jim Thornburg. First Come, First Served: You never know exactly what you'll find when you start up a new route. And that's exactly the appeal. By Andrew Burr. Bloopers: Ten professional climbing photographers describe what happens when the shoot hits the fan. By James Q Martin.

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    May 2011 - 295

    COVER: Ueli Steck races toward the summit of the Eiger in Switzerland. Photo by Robert Bosch. DEEP WISDOM: When Tennessee climbers found a new crag, developed it in secret, and then saw it shut down, it was the same old story in the South. But this time, the ending was different. THE LOVE LETTER: Overworked and borderline depressed, a climber and his favorite partner—his wife—plot a dream trip to the High Sierra. RAPID TRANSIT: From the Alps to the Himalaya, Swiss climber Ueli Steck is the fastest man in the mountains. He trains harder than most Olympians, and here he reveals his motivations and methods.

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    2011 Gear Guide - April - 294

    2011 GEAR GUIDE: Editors' Choice Awards: After months of testing, we reveal our picks for the nine most innovate and exciting new products of the year. Haul Bag: More great gear, from sleeping bags to burritos, wind shells to tents, watches to first aid kits. Walk Off: Survive this! What do to if you drop or lose the gear in this guide. Beginner's Corner: How to buy your first belay device, harness, helmet, rope, and climbing shoes.

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    March 2011 - 293

    COVER: Kurt Astner on Phoenix (5.13a), Yosemite National Park, possibly the world's first 5.13. LAKE EFFECT: Timid topropers and the boldest leaders thrive side by side at Devil's Lake, the Midwest's most storied climbing area. FAITH: Spain is all about sport climbing on sunny limestone, right? Welcome to Pedriza, Spain's mecca for granite friction slabs. THE HOT LIST: Climbing's inaugural guide to the best new routes and crags of the year.

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    February 2011 - 292

    COVER: Chris Sharma on La Perla (5.14a), bolted and climbed in the spring of 2009 at Margalef, Spain. HALF LIFE: Chris Sharma is turning 30 in April. In our in-depth interview, Chris explains why he's so happy to settle down at last—and how that will help him climb harder than ever. THE WANKER 101: You can climb V1 and V0. But can you climb it all day? GOLDEN PITON AWARDS: Celebrating this year's hottest sport, alpine, ice, bouldering, and endurance achievements.

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    December 2010 - 291

    COVER: Adrien Erlandson shakes out on Thin Chance, Hyalite Canyon, Montana. SOFT KOR: Not all Layton Kor's masterpieces were desperate frightfests. DIAMONDS IN THE DUST: A spur-of-the-moment trip to Oman reveals great climbing and a fascinating, friendly culture. BAJA UNREQUITED: It was such a brilliant plan: unclimbed cliffs approached by inflatable kayak. What could go wrong?

  • November 2010 - 290

    November 2010 - 290

    COVER: Climbers on Chopicalqui in Peru's Cordillera Blanca; Photo by Alexandre Buisse; ANGELS OF MONT BLANC: The elite alpinists, medics, and pilots of Chamonix's PGHM... By Neil Brodie; WING AND A PRAYER: Was Maurice Wilson crazy or ahead of his time...? By Martin Gutmann; TROUBLE WITH ME: A brash, late-night vow leads to an all-out effort at Gogarth... By Nick Bullock

  • October 2010 - 289

    October 2010 - 289

    COVER: Kevin Jorgeson on the 5.13b ninth pitch of the uncompleted Dawn Wall free climb. Photo by Corey Rich; STONEY POINT: The beauty of these tattooed L.A. boulders may only be in the minds of the beholders... By Cole Gibson; THE PROJECT: Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are beginning year four of their attempt to free-climb El Cap... By Dougald MacDonald; THE COLOSSUS: After 20 years of climbing desert towers, what could possibly offer a new challenge? By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett