January 2009 - 272

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Cover: Peter Vintoniv reaches high to pluck a Golden Plum (WI4), Maple Canyon, Utah. Photo: Andrew Burr / www.andrewburr.com

FEATURES

2008 GOLDEN PITON AWARDSThe Seventh Annual Golden Pitons, recognizing 2008’s top achievers in: Sport, Traditional, Alpine, Big Wall, Humanitarian, Solo, Breakaway Success, and Bouldering.

GALLERYFrozen Utah: Andrew Burr presents the Beehive State’s most plastic and thunkadelic waterfall ice.

HIDDEN TREASUREMonster roofs, Southern-fried bucket hauls, and the friendliest locals you’d hope to meet: it’s the Obed, Tennessee’s premier (and pristine) sport-climbing arena.By Chris Van Leuven • Photos by Jim Thornburg

SANDBLASTEDFour Americans endure travel-scam hell to reach a silent limestone nirvana — the multi-pitch walls and spires of Taghia Gorge, Atlas Mountains, Morocco.By Cody Roth • Photos by Andrew Burr

THE STYLE THAT COUNTSThe life, climbs, and artistic vision of Andy Parkin, the gritty British alpinist for whom Style is spelled with a capital “S.”By Rob Coppolillo

8 CONFESSIONS OF A CLIMBING MOMA mother of two and longtime climber examines the sometimes frightening — and always demanding — intersection of motherhood and climbing.By Susan E.B. Schwartz

January 2009 - 272

DEPARTMENTS

CONTRIBUTORS Suzanne Hurt, Cody Roth, Mike Tea, and Susan E.B. Schwartz

EDITORIAL Climbing is only as small as your mind.

LETTERS

BASECAMPJUST OUT HOT FLASHES OFF THE WALL PLAYERS TEN THINGS GET SCRAPPY ROADKILL SUSTAINED

CLASSIC CLIMBSHam and Eggs (V 5.9 AI4), Mooses Tooth, Ruth Gorge: a sweet, alpine-Alaska moderate

TECH TIPSport: parent-tested tactics for climbing with kiddos

REVIEWS The Sharp End, Mountain Star, and a new Araps guide

PERSPECTIVE Steph Davis: free soloist, BASE jumper, animal lover, gardener, perpetual student, road warrior; Moab, Utah