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GALLERY El Cap bizzlin’, a visit from the Bum Boy, and Krabi tufa-neering.Stack AttackWhat sounds more fun: climbing touchy sandstone towers guarded by angry sea birds off the coast of Scotland? Or sitting out the rain in a Scottish Bothy, so you can make a bid at one of those towers?Story by Kevin Thaw • Photos by Ian ParnellThe Land of “5.12”Brown, yellow, blue, and green… these are a few of my favorite things. They’re also the colors of South Dakota’s hidden jewel, Spearfish Canyon, with 160 routes from 5.11d to 5.12c — that’s 23 routes per person on even the busiest weekend.Story by Dan Dewell • Photos by Andrew Burr
KlettergardenSky, granite, tundra, and tourists all vie for space in the lower reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park. But things grow quieter up high, along the Continental Divide, where the intrepid find a moderate multi-pitch paradise.Story by Majka Burhardt • Photos by Topher DonahueHOLLOWAY’S WAYIf you haven’t heard of Jim Holloway and the Big Three — his trio of unrepeated, 1970s-era V12-plus boulder problems on Colorado’s Front Range — then you don’t know bouldering history. Climbing puts 12 questions to the man who shaped modern pebble-wrestling.By Andy Mann • Introduction by John GillCONTRIBUTORS Abbey Smith, Topher Donahue, Andrew Burr, and Chris Van Leuven are the hippest (Climbing contributor) cats around.EDITORIALThe climbing life and the road trip have long been inseparable — but maybe that needs to change.LETTERSBASECAMP HOT FLASHES OFF THE WALL JUST OUT TEN THINGS WHIPPED ROADKILL SUSTAINEDEQUIPMENT Six versatile, lightweight bivy bags for serene summer slumber.CLASSIC CLIMBSMoore’s Wall’s Zoo View leaves you breathless and inspired. Follow Pat Goodman up this juggy-horizontal-surfing adventure climb, in the North Carolina Piedmont.TECH TIPSAlpine: Back to the basics, with Freddie Wilkinson Alpine: How to pitch the perfect tent for the perfect stormGEAR YOU NEEDFor a stylee jaunt up the Cirque of the Unclimbables’ Lotus Flower Tower.PERSPECTIVE Mike Call: climbing videographer, MomentumVM.com progenitor, gym owner, boulderer