Believe It… Or Not (2013 edition)

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Sweet pick placements on the 5.11a (M5+) first pitch of the Edge.

Sweet pick placements on the 5.11a (M5+) first pitch of the Edge.

4/1/13 - It's that time of year again, when climbers with a nasty urge to prank the gullible get creative on the Internet. Here, our four favorite climbing-related April Fools jokes (so far):

No. 4New Route on Rum Doodle Editors of the American Alpine Journal recently received a report from David Thoenen documenting the first ascent of Rum Doodle's unclimbed Northeast Ridge, deep in the Provisional People's Republic of Yogistan. The story is dramatic: "As the wind accelerated to unimaginable velocities, we continued on our hands and knees until we reached the summit." Unfortunately, a Yeti clumsily dropped the team's camera into a crevasse so no pictures exist from the climb.

No. 3Post Office Planned for South Col Word comes from Explorers Web contributor Lindsay Elms of a plan to put a post office at high camp on Mt. Everest in order to frank and mail $25 commemorative postcards for climbers. The spokesperson for the Nepalese Post Office, Fran Kaleta, said: “No trees from Sagamartha National Park were used in the making of the paper for the postcards, and the glue on the back of the stamps is good to –40 degrees." Read more about the plan here.

No. 2Dry Tool Ascent of Eldorado Canyon's Naked Edge Erik Wellborn reports that his friends Noah McKelvin and Phil Wortmann "made yet another Colorado climbing historical first by ascending the Naked Edge with ice tools and fruit boots. All went 'free' except for the dodgy second slab pitch, where a variation dubbed Naked Steel was established up and right of the main line." The duo said the climb's exposed fourth and fifth pitches went at about M7. Wherever nuts and cams wouldn't suffice for pro, there was "great gear to pound in."

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Bold initiative: Turning overcrowded 14ers into seldom-visited 13ers.

No. 1Reducing Climber Impact on Colorado 14ers… by Reducing Colorado 14ers The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative reports on a major grant from the Foundation to Reduce Environmental Effects that will help trail crews and volunteers quarry a dozen or more feet from the summits of each of the state's five lowest 14,000-foot peaks, thus turning them into much less desirable 13ers. "The easiest way to reduce 14er resource impacts is to reduce the number of 14ers," said CFI Executive Director Floyd Atherton.