December 2010 – 291
World tour: Switzerland, Mexico, Arizona, California, North Carolina
Not all of Layton Kor’s masterpieces were desperate frightfests. Here, seven climbs mere mortals can enjoy.
By Brendan Leonard
DIAMONDS IN THE DUST
A spur-of-the-moment trip to Oman reveals great climbing and a fascinating, friendly culture.
By Molly Loomis
It was such a brilliant plan: unclimbed cliffs approached by inflatable kayak. What could go wrong?
SKILLS SPECIAL: STEEP ICE
Tap the combined wisdom of seven ice experts and learn how to lead vertical ice with confidence.
Lynn Willis, Brendan Leonard, Lee Lang
Learning to love climbing’s coldest game
Super-light boots, an innovative belay device, and an inexpensive softshell
Big-wall free climbing: the Eiger’s Harlin Route and Africa’s toughest wall
Off the Wall
Married couple attemps Fifty Classics, Paul Ross completes 500th FA, and more
Sport climbing’s weird early days
Brian Runnells: the "Climbing Narcissist"
The serious dangers of dirty cordage
North Carolina Dopey Duck (5.9)
Head north for sea-cliff ice climbing on Quebec’s gorgeous Gaspe Peninsula
Six can’t-miss gift ideas for the holidays
Dean Fidelman, Mr. Stone Nudes, turns the camera on himself