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The Bugaboo Experience - Photo GalleryPhotos by Jeff Zimmerman Photography - Deep in the Purcell mountain range of British Columbia lies the Buagboo Provincial Park, a remote and rugged alpine wonderland about 4-5 hours from the US border (or Calgary), and about 50 kilometers off Highway 93. Before departing into the woods, visitors must wrap their car with chicken wire and prop it with wooden boards and rocks to protect it from the rubber eating porcupines. Read the trip report.Arctic Thrills - Greenland's Fox Jaw CirqueThe land's frozen, the food questionable, but the climbing ... spectacular. For Nate Furman and friends Josh Beckner, Jed Porter, Annie Trujillo, Kadin Panagoulis, and Darcy Deutcher, not even a two-day hike to the nearest liquor store, in Kummuit, 30 miles from basecamp, could put a damper on their excursion to Greenland's Fox Jaw Cirque.The AstroTour of the WestEach area has a flagship climb that inevitably gets compared to its big brother in Yosemite. There's the Astroman of the Gunks, of the Gorge, of South America, of Switzerland, of Australia, and on, and on, and on.Alpine Ecstasy: Dolomites, Julian Alps and Mountains of BulgariaPhotos by Vladimir Donkov / verticalshot.com - Vladimir Donkov is a 22-year-old Bulgarian photographer with a passion for mountains and climbing. Since high school he has been working as a freelancer around Europe and the US. Donkov is always living his dreams, constantly looking for a new destination to setup his tripod and wait for the best light. Being out in the cold at 4am is not something strange to Vladimir, he even prefers it over the warm hut... His motto is simple: "There are no impossible places to shoot". In this gallery are photos of the Dolomites in Italy, the Julian Alps in Slovenia and a few shots from the mountains in Bulgaria.Italy
Melloblocco 2009 - Photo GalleryPhotos by Claudio Piscina and Diego Neonati / PlanetMountain.com - On May 7-10, (Thursday through Sunday), 2009, over 2100 registered climbers and more than 5000 visitors gathered for the sixth annual Melloblocco, or "bouldering game", at the most famous international bouldering meeting in the world, Val di Mello (Val Masino - Sondrio), Italy. The event, organized by Comune di Val Masino (comune.valmasino.so.it), attracted everyone from champion climbers, to passionate boulderers, to children and beginners, all there to enjoy Val di Mello at it's finest, to climb and respect nature, without using cars (only the shuttle bus). Read more.Sierra Mountains
California's Sierra Nevada MountainsPhotos by Nathaniel Walker — Take a tour of some fine, Sierra stone in the Golden State. From yellow-lichen-crusted foothill boulders on the East Side to airy, isolated alpine summits, the "Snowy Range" contains some of the most spectacular granite formations in the world such as: the South Face Charlotte Dome, Yosmeite's El Capitan, The Mathis Crest in Tulomne Meadows, the Evolution Traverse, the Hulk, the East Face of the Whitney Massif, Owens River Gorge and more. Morocco
Sand Blasted - Travel Travails and Epic Limestone in the Taghia Gorge, MoroccoClimbers, mainly French and Spanish, have come here since the 1970s, adding circa 115 routes from 5.6 to 5.13b on walls ranging from one pitch to 12. With the exception of some of the earliest routes, most lines are bolted (the rock doesn't offer much natural protection). The bulk of the climbing starts at 5.11, with only about 40 single-pitch climbs.Corsica
Adventure Climbing in CorsicaCorsica is the Brigadoon of the climbing world: Most have heard of it, few know where it is, and nobody, apparently, has climbed there. Flipping through old magazines, I saw an article by Arnaud Petit: “Corsica: a mountain in the sea” [Climbing No. 152]. I had nurtured a mild obsession with the island ever since.South America
A Trip to Patagonia and Valle CochamoPhotos by Camilo Lopez and Anna Pfaff - This season in Chile and Argentina, despite lots of snow and rain, we made good friends, partied, ate lots of meat, drank good wine, and most importantly, we climbed! Amidst multiple weeks of waiting out bad weather we beat all odds and climbed two spires in the Fitz Roy Range and spent eight days in Valle Cochamó - “The Yosemite of Chile”. Click here to read the trip report by Lopez and PfaffArizona
Assume NothingBy Chris Kalous - Photos by Dan Gambino - Rain, Rain, and More Rain in Valle Cochamó: The Yosemite of South America - Dan looked like a wet, grumpy turnip. Katie had the Brown-Frown in full dazzle. I was one nipple hair away from throwing a huge wobbler at anybody who dared make eye contact. And Matt? Well, Matt was stoked no matter what.
COCHISE WHISPERSInner and outer worlds collide in an Arizona granite hideaway - By Fitz Cahall and photos by James Q Martin - Well lubricated with Pinot Gris, "Pig" careened around the campfire like a gyroscope. "Cochise Stronghold is a promised land," he said, nodding preacherly. Shadows capered on the rock behind him, here in Joshua Tree's overcrowded Hidden Valley Campground.
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Air Traffic ControlMulti-pitch tuff tugging at Smith Rock - Smith Rock is known worldwide for one thing: sport climbing. You can spend all your time, and your skin, standing in line and bellyaching your way up super-sequential crimp-ladders and nubbin-feasts. But inch for inch, some of the most interesting— not to mention least crowded—experiences in Smith Rock State Park involve more air under your feet, cams and nuts, and a healthy sense of adventure. These routes still see a multitude of climbers during the warmer months, but nowhere near the hordes found closer to the ground.Home on the RangeTufa climbing in the Arizona desert - I first remember hearing about the Homestead seven years ago while living in Prescott, Arizona. This mythical crag was supposedly home to tufa climbing—those amazing fins and tubes that I imagined finding at tropical crags like Tonsai Beach in Thailand, but certainly not in the arid landscapes of Arizona. Last year, I ﬁnally made my way to the Homestead to sample what I think are Arizonaʼ’s best sport climbs.Hyalite CanyonThe most reliable ice in America - As early as Halloween, smoky white smears and yellow stains drape across Hyalite Canyon’s tiered bands of cobbles and welded ash like laundry hung out to dry. By Thanksgiving, the relentless seeps that nurture the canyon’s old-growth forests coalesce around vertical blue drippings that metamorphose into connected pillars seemingly overnight. By December, the conditions are always full on in Hyalite. For 40 years, this canyon near Bozeman, Montana, has been the backyard winter playground for accomplished climbers such as Pat Callis, Jack Tackle, Alex Lowe, and Doug Chabot.Hidden GemsBouldering along Boone's Highway 221 - Hidden behind rhododendrons and mountain laurel, along the steep ridges and tumbling creeks below Grandfather Mountain, are nearly 50 clusters of what many consider Boone’s best boulders. But with no guide, faint trails, and undulating mountain topography, it could be that the next classic boulder problem lies waiting just over the next ridge on one of North Carolina’s most scenic highways: 221. You name it, 221’s got it. Towering highballs, steep roofs, burly mantels, short approaches, incredible boulders in a beautiful forest—it is the best of the best.Patagonian ParadiseFrey's blissful granite spires - To climbers, Patagonia means rumbling glaciers, ceaseless wind, and world-class alpinism. To the general public, it provokes apparel-inspired images of outdoor fun, with a Jack Johnson tune somewhere in the background. Frey, a pair of connected alpine cirques in northern Argentine Patagonia, borrows from both of these perceptions. It’s the Patagonia of steep splitters and looming spires, and also the Patagonia of the endless summer vacation.Southern ExposureFour classic ways to beat the crowds on the Grand Teton - The Grand Teton's Exum Ridge and Owen-Spalding routes are coveted climbs, and for good reasons—they’re aesthetic, fun, and provide the two easiest ways to the top of this iconic peak. But the Grand is home to more than 90 other routes, and multiple seasons can pass without a single ascent of many of these alternate avenues. Weekly Travel Deals
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Reid Morth PhotographyReid Morth was born and raised in North Dakota, where he graduated St. Mary's High School and went on to graduate from college in commercial art. It was here that Reid found his passion for photography. In 2006 Reid relocated to the mountains surrounding Bozeman Montana so he could be in the epicenter for all his passions: photography, snowboarding, skateboarding, and climbing. Visit: morthphotography.com for more.Red Rocks
Dark Shadows - Red Rocks, NevadaHiking into the shady north fork of Pine Creek Canyon, to climber's right of the 1,000-foot, pyramid-shaped Mescalito formation, you'll enter a pristine wilderness that becomes darker and cooler with each step. One of Red Rock’s best climbs, combining fun face and steep cracks, Dark Shadows is in deep shade all day ...Explore By Interest
GlobetrottersWelcome to the Rocklands, the internationally famous, world-class bouldering destination that most Americans have heard of, but few have visited. This could very well be the world’s best — and biggest — bouldering area. It is but a miniscule chunk of the greater Cederberg mountain range,Sardinia
Sard in a Can: Part IDispatches from the Island of Sardinia by Bruce Willey - Overlooking the orange groves and pastures just outside Quirra it becomes clear: we sound like sheep. The quick draws tinkle like the sheep bells, and after a week of climbing we begin to feel as though we are blending into the Mediterranean landscape.Kalymnos
Going Greek on the Island of KalymnosThe street is dark and quiet except for the laughter of a group of climbers stumbling back from a bar and the far-off whine of a scooter. I hear the surf on the gravel beach of the Greek island of Kalymnos, a small, rocky outcropping in the Dodecanese near the coast of Turkey, and my thoughts are of steep moves on climbs whose names end in “-os.” Omiros, Kerveros, Eros — the routes are tipped-back concoctions of pockets and tufas and stalactites, and my forearms remember them as a butt remembers a spanking.French Alps
Climbing Mont Blanc - Chamonix, FranceStory and photos by John Wutzer - In August, 2008, as I checked into my hostel for a week long climbing class in Chamonix, the hostel manager asked me if I had heard. Heard about what I replied? He indicated that a freak ice and snow avalanche buried 8 climbers at 3 am on their way to the Mont Blanc summit via the du Tacul route.Spain
Legends of the Costa BlancaText and photos by Dougald MacDonald - The Costa Blanca, a 50-mile swath of beaches and limestone cliffs on Spain’s eastern coast, between Murcia and Valencia, is one of the great winter climbing destinations of the world.Alaska
The Mountains of Alaska by AirPhotos by Paul Roderick / TalkeetnaAir.com - Carrying climbers, skiers and sightseers to the remote regions of Alaska is what Talkeetna Air Taxi (TAT) specializes in. Climber, photographer and owner of TAT — Paul Roderick — has years of experience on Denali and other peaks throughout Alaska. In this gallery he's captured a handful of awe-inspiring shots of TAT aircraft, climbers and the wild Alaskan places like: Denali, Huntington, Foraker, Hunter, Dickey, Bradley, Moose's Tooth, Kichatnas, Ruth Gorge, Lacuna Glacier, Whistler Glacier and more.More Ways to Save