February 2011 - 292

February 2011 - 292


GALLERY 5.6 to 5.14+ and everything in between.

HALF-LIFE Chris Sharma is turning 30 in April. In our in-depth interview, Chris explains why he's so happy to settle down at last—and how that will help him climb harder than ever.By Jeff Achey, Photos by Boone Speed

THE WANKER 101 You can climb V1 and V0. But can you climb it all day?PLUS: three more classic bouldering circuits in California, Colorado, and the Deep South. By Carrie Cooper, Photos by Dawn Kish

GOLDEN PITON AWARDSCelebrating this year's hottest sport, alpine, ice, bouldering, and endurance achievements. PLUS: Climbing's picks for the breakthrough climbers of 2010.


Contributors Carrie Cooper, Dawn Kish, Boone Speed

Editorial The Access Fund's Land Conservation Campaign is kicking ass.


Just OutA new stove, a sweet pack, and a classic way to keep your paws warm

Hot FlashesA harrowing new route on Mt. Edgar; Paige Claassen gets it done

Off the WallBreaking barriers in the Tetons; fixing bad bolts in Cayman Brac and Thailand

Ten Things...Camming devices, from the very big to the very small

Tech TipsA four-pack of must-know techniques

Classic ClimbsOne of the best tower routes in the desert is not in Utah—and it's only 5.9.

MileageBienvenidos a Jilotepec, the crazy cobble zone near Mexico City.

AnchoredChad Ellars

Perspective Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond's CEO, recalls the early days.