GALLERY A Czech beauty, the jewel of the Lotus, and Captain America on a crack.
40 YEARS OF AMERICAN ROCK Since May 1970, Climbing has covered the vertical world. Here, a look back (with a few twists) at four decades of ascents, clmbers, and ideas that shaped the flow of American rock climbing and made it what it is today.By the Editors
HEIDI ALMIGHTY Heidi Wirtz has always been bold on challenging rock. But after an eye-opening expedition to Pakistan, she's taking on a new challenge: funding the education of young women in central Asia.By Chris Weidner Photos by Topher Donahue, Keith Ladzinski, Celin Serbo
BUOUX At one time, this sunny limestone super-crag was at the center of the climbing world; today, it's fallen from the limelight. But that doesn't mean Buoux isn't still world-class. Come see for yourself...Words and photos by Jim Thornburg
CONTRIBUTORS Topher Donahue, Craig DeMartino, Tom Slater, Beth Wald
EDITORIAL 40 years of ClimbingMagazine
JUSTOUT Celebrate the thaw with sweet new schwag
HOTFLASHES Daniel Woods gives us the lowdown on America's first V16; more...
THEHAULBAG A hairball belay sesh on the Bachar-Yerian; a Washington artist turns rocky vistas into wooden works; Overheard; more...
OFFTHEWALL SAR Wars!
PLAYERS Colin Goodey and the great slate debate
TEN THINGS . . . Climbing fiction
SPORTINGLIFE Daddy Loves You!: A day in the life of America's most heinous cragging couple
ROADKILL Cruel Summer: life and death on Werk Supp
SUSTAINED New York state budget crisis threatens climbing access
CLASSICCLIMBSBishop's Terrace (I 5.8), Church Bowl, Yosemite Valley, California. A brilliant splitter experience in the granite crucible.
TECHTIPS Trad: Munter madness, from beginner to advanced Technique: Proper rope management for safer climbing
MILEAGE Explore piles of trad, sport, and bouldering on California's dreamy Central Coast
REVIEWSAdaptation, the life of Andy Parkin; Climbing Stronger, Faster, Healthier: Beyond the Basics;Arno Ilgner is back with Espresso Lessons from the Rock Warrior's Way;more...
ANCHORED Eric Heigl tackles the spinners of North Carolina's beloved sport crag, The Dump.
PERSPECTIVE Adam Henry: crag developer, climbing gym owner, family man, teacher, solitude seeker; Oneonta, Alabama