2014 Golden Piton Awards

Our thirteenth annual year in climbing
By Dougald MacDonald ,

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Climbing may not have made it to the Olympic Games, but climbers are performing at Olympian levels, from the boulders to the biggest walls.

Into the Light: Chris Sharma and German superstar Stefan Glowacz teamed up for a Red Bull–backed climb in Oman, developing and then redpointing a 13-pitch 5.14a route—entirely underground. The climb, accessed by a 500-foot-plus rappel (with special permission from the Omani government), ascends the ceiling of one of the world’s largest caverns: Majlis al Jinn. Photo: Klaus Fengler / Red Bull Content Pool

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Edge of Time: Two pairs of Colorado climbers—Scott Bennett (pictured)/Brad Gobright and Stefan Griebel/Jason Wells—traded speed records for the Naked Edge, the ultra-classic 5.11 multi-pitch in Eldorado Canyon. In early October, Bennett and Gobright were first to go under 25 minutes for the round-trip from the canyon floor. Wait ’til next year. Photo: Alton Richardson

Check back next week, when we'll announce the 2015 winners!

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