May 2011 - 295
When Tennessee climbers found a new crag, developed it in secret, and then saw it shut down within a year, it seemed like the same old story replaying in the South. But this time the ending was different—and Southern climbing may never be the same.
By Cody Averbeck
Photos by Andrew Kornylak
THE LOVE LETTER
Overworked and borderline depressed, a climber and his favorite partner—his wife—plot a dream trip to the High Sierra. The result? You know that bumper sticker that says, “My best vacation is your worst nightmare?” Kind of like that.
By Fitz Cahall
Photos by Mikey Schaefer
From the Alps to the Himalaya, Swiss climber Ueli Steck is the fastest man in the mountains, but he doesn’t rely on his genetic gifts. Steck trains harder than most Olympians, and here he reveals his motivations and his methods.
By Martin Gutmann
Photos by Robert Bosch
Meet Cody Averbeck, Fitz Cahall, and Rich Crowder
Sasha DiGiulian: 2 X 5.14c in 1 week; big and bold in Pakistan and Patagonia
Off the Wall
America's favorite climber campgrounds. Plus, how to reuse or recycle your old biners, ropes, clothes, and more
Dyno! The legends beyond climbing's biggest move
Pioneering alpine guide Angela Hawse
We test the latest crop of lightweight, full-protection rain shells. Plus: A sneak preview of three new hard-shell fabrics coming this fall
A quick way to haul your partner past a crux; make your own chalk bag; the big-wall stick clip
The Headache: a perfect half-day in Zion
Think Australia's legendary Arapiles is all about desperate fright-fests? Think again.
Ian Caldwell, the "mayor of Smith Rock'