2009 Gear Guide - 274

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Cover: Alex Honnold uses rings and a knot rack to onsight an Adrspach-Teplice 5.12; nuts, cams, and chalk are forbidden in this Czech Republic soft-sandstone paradise. Photo: Tim Kemple / KempleMedia.com

Cover: Alex Honnold uses rings and a knot rack to onsight an Adrspach-Teplice 5.12; nuts, cams, and chalk are forbidden in this Czech Republic soft-sandstone paradise. Photo: Tim Kemple / KempleMedia.com

Editorial In praise of choice: 2009 — all about gear that works for you

Players Gear Beta from five equipment-punishing pros MAJKA BURHARDT MICAH DASH ALEX HONNOLD BETH RODDEN JIM SHIMBERG

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2009 Gear Guide - 274

PerspectiveTom Frost: big-wall pioneer, gear inventor, photographer; Oakdale, California