2014 Golden Piton Awards

Our thirteenth annual year in climbing
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Our thirteenth annual year in climbing

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Climbing may not have made it to the Olympic Games, but climbers are performing at Olympian levels, from the boulders to the biggest walls.

Into the Light: Chris Sharma and German superstar Stefan Glowacz teamed up for a Red Bull–backed climb in Oman, developing and then redpointing a 13-pitch 5.14a route—entirely underground. The climb, accessed by a 500-foot-plus rappel (with special permission from the Omani government), ascends the ceiling of one of the world’s largest caverns: Majlis al Jinn. Photo: Klaus Fengler / Red Bull Content Pool

Into the Light: Chris Sharma and German superstar Stefan Glowacz teamed up for a Red Bull–backed climb in Oman, developing and then redpointing a 13-pitch 5.14a route—entirely underground. The climb, accessed by a 500-foot-plus rappel (with special permission from the Omani government), ascends the ceiling of one of the world’s largest caverns: Majlis al Jinn. Photo: Klaus Fengler / Red Bull Content Pool

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Golden Pitons Naked Edge

Edge of Time: Two pairs of Colorado climbers—Scott Bennett (pictured)/Brad Gobright and Stefan Griebel/Jason Wells—traded speed records for the Naked Edge, the ultra-classic 5.11 multi-pitch in Eldorado Canyon. In early October, Bennett and Gobright were first to go under 25 minutes for the round-trip from the canyon floor. Wait ’til next year. Photo: Alton Richardson

Check back next week, when we'll announce the 2015 winners!