August 2008 - 268

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Cover:  Chris Weidner on the trademark Rifle rest — a double-kneebar bat hang — Cracked-Open Sky (5.13d), Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado. Photo by Celin Serbo

Cover: Chris Weidner on the trademark Rifle rest — a double-kneebar bat hang — Cracked-Open Sky (5.13d), Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado. Photo by Celin Serbo

FEATURES

THE BIG D How Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado, came to be the “Land of 5.13d.” Plus, the long-awaited Rifle glossary, the glues that bind, and other Rifle “Ds” of despair. By Matt Samet and Chris Weidner Photos by Celin Serbo

PRETTY GNEISS The roadside crags of Colorado’s Clear Creek Canyon seem to totter more than tower, but they’ve nevertheless played a critical role in the growth of American sport climbing. By Abbey Smith • Photos by Keith Ladzinski

PLASTIC PRINCE Straight outta the “Plastic Crucible” of board-flat Belgium comes Nico Favresse, the bold, spirited top all-arounder. By Sanam Pejuhesh

IN SEARCH OF EL CHUPACABRA Our intrepid Senior Contributing Editor Craig Luebben visits limestone-rich Puerto Rico to track the fearsome and fanged Chupacabra (aka “goat sucker”). Story and photos by Craig Luebben Illustration by Kristin Marine

August 2008 - 268

DEPARTMENTS

CONTRIBUTORS Sanam Pejuhesh, Craig Luebben, Mic Fairchild, and Chris Weidner

EDITORIAL Why we don’t need to fight

LETTERS BASECAMP HOT FLASHES OFF THE WALL PLAYERS JUST OUT TEN THINGS OPEN BIVY ROADKILL SUSTAINED

CLASSIC CLIMBS Irene’s Arête (III 5.8 or 5.9+) — walking the edge on the Tetons’ stellar Disappointment Peak

TECH TIP Trad: improve your leading via the lost art of downclimbing.

REVIEWS An epic DVD on Welsh climbers; the new, full-color Rifle guidebook; and Jennifer Lowe-Anker’s memoirs of her life with Alex Lowe

PERSPECTIVE Miguel Ventura: pizza maker, artist, family man, social servant; Slade, Kentucky