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Cover: The silent summits of the Trango Valley, Baltoro region, Karakoram Himal, Pakistan. Photo: Tim Kemple / kemplemedia.com

Cover: The silent summits of the Trango Valley, Baltoro region, Karakoram Himal, Pakistan. Photo: Tim Kemple / kemplemedia.com

FEATURES

GALLERY Meet the faces of Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR), America’s preeminent high-angle rescue group, on call to save your bacon in the Valley.By Fitz Cahall Photos by James Q Martin

THE NOIR OF THALAY SAGAR Sixteen years on, the author revisits his fateful expedition to the Garhwal Himalaya, seeking the cause for a mystery illness that plunged him into years of fatigue, pain, and darkness. By Jordan Campbell

SPINDRIFT MEMORIES Three men, 32 days on the wall, hundreds of pounds of equipment, 20-hour hauls, and monster storms — welcome to summer 1998 on Baffin Island’s Walker Citadel, right as ”Baffin Fever” swept the climbing world. By Mike Libecki

LOSING THE PLOT Journal entries and images from the “Alaskistan 2007” expedition reveal how being tentbound by storm and fighting endless travel logistics might just be harder (and scarier) than alpine-rock climbing itself. By Cedar Wright and Renan Ozturk

TRAPPED! Two Japanese climbers, fallen 165 feet into a crevasse on Latok IV, fight to escape their icy crypt. By Dougald MacDonald Illustration by Keith Svihovec

Mini Epics Curry Boys Whip Off The Shield How not to rig your portaledge.Stately Displeasure A 360-foot slab ride, in Tuolumne Meadows.

October 2008 - 270

DEPARTMENTS

CONTRIBUTORSJordan Campbell, Tim Kemple, Anne Skidmore, and Mike Libecki

EDITORIAL Epics 2008 and the everyday business of survival

LETTERS

BASECAMP JUST OUT HOT FLASHES OFF THE WALL PLAYERS TEN THINGS WHIPPED ROADKILL SUSTAINED

CLASSIC CLIMBSYellow Brick Road (5.9+) — 300 feet of heaven-hewn granite, in the Needles, California

TECH TIPAlpine: 7 surefire ways to head off epics at the pass

REVIEWS New guide to the eastern Sierra; an anthology of testy tales; Dosage V and Dosage box sets; more. . . .

PERSPECTIVE Henry Barber: free-climbing pioneer, free soloist, trad climber, motivational speaker, purist; North Conway, New Hampshire