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FEATURESCover: Kate Rutherford strolls up Joshua Tree’s one and only Illusion Dweller (5.10b), the Sentinel. Photo: Simon Carter
GALLERY Ace lensman Simon Carter takes you on a tour of spring cragging heaven: Joshua Tree National Park, California.
LEGENDS OF THE FALL Go behind the gritstone curtain, for a glimpse of the mindsets, methodologies, and tormented thought processes of England’s E9 and E10 headpoint pioneers. By Kevin Thaw
THE BLACK DOG Depression, obsession, fear, death, madness, and suicide welcome to the dark side of the climbing equation, as revealed through five first-person essays. By Kenneth Long, Fitz Cahall, Majka Burhardt, Matt Samet, and Chad Shepard Illustrations by Chad Shepard
THE CONTRARIAN “Fly’n” Brian McCray is one of our sport’s best all-arounders, over the last 20 years amassing a body of climbs unparalleled in his generation. And the thing is, he’s done it his way. By Fitz Cahall Photos by James Q Martin
DEPARTMENTSCONTRIBUTORS Chad Shepard, Fitz Cahall, James Q Martin, and Whitney Levine
EDITORIAL Need: climbing and the dark power of obsession
LETTERS BASECAMP HOT FLASHES OFF THE WALL PLAYERS JUST OUT TEN THINGS GET SCRAPPY ROADKILL SUSTAINED CLASSIC CLIMBS Razor’s Edge, Superstition Mountains, Arizona a spooky arête in the haunted desert highlands
TECH TIP Alpine: the Swiss Method two simple knots for easier roped glacier travel
PERSPECTIVE Steve McClure: routesetter, coach, writer, speaker, DIY expert, father; Sheffield, United Kingdom