October 2012 – 308
THE GUIDE: HAND CRACKS: Grab your hand-sized cams and tape for the finest crack climbing in the South.
CONSTRICTION CONCENTRATION: Add one of America’s best hand cracks to your tick list.
BOULDERING TO GO: Non-climbing travel shouldn’t amount to indolence. Pull down at these bouldering areas just outside major cities.
SANCTUARY: Africa-like vistas with Native American history: Cochise Stronghold holds more than just climbing appeal.
ROCK THERAPY: Discovering climbing saved two troubled youth from gangs and drugs. Last year, the duo paid it forward in Malaysia.
Health & Training
HOMEMADE CRACK: No cracks in your gym? No problem: build this easy-to-assemble training machine.
SURVIVING DENALI: We analyzed statistics for North America’s tallest mountain to see which climbers might need a rescue. Are you one?
PREVENT INJURIES: Stave off shoulder and elbow tendonitis with these easy exercises.
SWEET TRIO: Three shoes built for hand cracks; plus, sticky rubber—for your hands.
FALL BOOT FRENZY: Our testers climbed 222 pitches to determine the top eight new rock shoes for you.
SNEAK PEAK: Want to look into the future of hardware? Here’s a preview of next year’s next big things.
TESTED: An anti-cross-loading biner, modernized snow fluke, and climb-it-all pant.
JAM SESSION: Twelve tips to sink your best hand—and foot!—jams yet.
RAPPEL ANCHORS: Guide Eli Helmuth shows how to improvise an inexpensive bail anchor.
ROPE LITTER: Move your injured partner safely down the trail with only your climbing rope.
BUILD A TOPROPE: Not ready for the sharp end? Follow these steps for creating safe toprope anchors.