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Cover: A self-portrait of the late Charlie Fowler, circa 1980. PHOTO: Charlie Fowler Collection
GALLERY White, puffy clouds; springtime boulder-blitzing in Utah; an infinite whipper; and loco 5.14 action from El Salto, Mexico.
THE SNOWS OF GENYEN On December 4, 2006, two of America’s best alpinists, Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff, missed their flight home from China. They sought virgin lines in the eastern Himalaya — this much was known — but where had they gone? Endless weeks and countless man-hours on the ground later, a tragic, perplexing answer would emerge.By Ted Callahan
CULT OF SOLITUDE How much alone time with your partner — in the rain, on a towering Newfoundland sea cliff lashed by hurricanes — is too much? Chris Weidner travels with Justen Sjong to the featured granite of Blow-Me-Down, on the isle’s south coast, to find out. By Chris Weidner • Photos by Celin Serbo
ZEN AND THE ART OF ERIC DECARIA Rolled smokes, bunched dreads, and more cooled-out than Billy Dee Williams — meet Eric Decaria, a 32-year-old carpenter from Boulder who’s quietly redefining the cutting-edge trad game. By Rob Coppolillo
CONTRIBUTORS Meet the people behind this issue of Climbing.
EDITORIAL Origins: Taking Climbing back to its roots.
HOT FLASHES OFF THE WALL JUST OUT TEN THINGS WHIPPED ROADKILL SUSTAINED
EQUIPMENT The 2007 rock-shoe review: a year of super-tech innovation and options aplenty.
CLASSIC CLIMBS Jeremiah Watt shows what Sedona, Arizona, reps in the red desert — it’s The Mace (III 5.9+), and you’ll wanna skip church to scale it.
TECH TIPS Training: Upper-body Tabatas – max out your power endur- ance with this intense, intensive weight workout. Trad: Trad ground-up maestro Jeff Achey takes you through the fine art of hand drilling… on the sharp end.
GEAR YOU NEED For tackling the Cassin Ridge of Denali.
REVIEWS The new DVDs Specimen and Security Life, a (Kalymnos) guidebook of a different ilk, and The Alps in IMAX.
PERSPECTIVE Chris McNamara: He’s a Yosemite big-wall fanatic, he runs SuperTopo.com, and he can fly.