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
CONTRIBUTORS Suzanne Hurt, Cody Roth, Mike Tea, and Susan E.B. Schwartz
EDITORIAL Climbing is only as small as your mind.
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