Fred Beckey to be Awarded Rare AAC Gold Medal

    The American Alpine Club (AAC) has announced its 2015 award recipients. Every year the AAC recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation, climbing, and service to the climbing community. This year the Club will also bestow its rare President's Gold Medal to Fred Beckey. Read More


    Desert Pioneer Eric Bjornstad Has Died

    12/17/14 - Eric Bjornstad has passed away after a long illness. The longtime resident of Moab, Utah, wrote the original comprehensive guidebook to rock climbing on the Colorado Plateau, Desert Rock, first published in 1988 and later expanded to four volumes. Read More

  • This week we're highlighting some of the must unbelievable Unbelayvable stories of 2014. It's one superlative you don't want to achieve. Read More


    Bozeman Ice World Cup Results

    12/14/14 - Kendra Stritch took gold at the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup, winning the speed event at the Bozeman Ice Festival on Friday. In the difficulty comp, two Canadians—Gord McArthur and Sarah Hueniken—made finals and earned the title of North American champions. Read More


    First Ascent of Striking Spire in Wild Patagonia

    12/10/14 - Colin Haley and Rob Smith did the first ascent of a 14-pitch granite needle in remote northern Patagonia—a consolation prize after poor conditions prevented them from attempting the unclimb Read More

  • "There was no harness, no belay device, and no anchor. He yelled to his kids, 'Don’t get hurt or your mom will never let us do this again!'" Read More


  • The Wright Stuff: Behind the Scenes of Stone Nudes (NSFW)

    I was watching a man’s dream crumble before my eyes. “It’s over,” Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman, creator of the black and white nude bouldering calendar Stone Nudes, said with tears welling up in his eyes. “I’ve lost my funding.” With Dean’s yearly income in the very low five figures—mostly thanks to Stone Nudes—it was looking like a four-figure year. Read More

  • Re-Gram: Show Us Your #Whipper

    As much as we may try to avoid them, it's hard not to take a good whipper once in a while when you're pushing yourself on a hard route. If you're lucky, a friend will catch the carnage on camera. Do you have a photo of yourself going airborne? We want to see! Post a picture on Instagram and tag it with #whipper. If your photo is among our favorites, we'll contact you about featuring it in an upcoming issue of our print edition. Read More

  • Flowchart: Are You a Climbing Accident Waiting to Happen?

    We recently presented an array of hero climbers. These are selfless people who went above and beyond to ensure the s safety of others, sometimes at their own peril. And then there are the climbing liabilities. They’re cavalier about essential safety practices. They get themselves in over their heads. And they don’t know what to do when things go wrong. Follow the chart below to find out if you’re the kind of climber that gets people into trouble—or out of it. Read More