DEEP WISDOM When Tennessee climbers found a new crag, developed it in secret, and then saw it shut down within a year, it seemed like the same old story replaying in the South. But this time the ending was different—and Southern climbing may never be the same.By Cody AverbeckPhotos by Andrew Kornylak
THE LOVE LETTER Overworked and borderline depressed, a climber and his favorite partner—his wife—plot a dream trip to the High Sierra. The result? You know that bumper sticker that says, “My best vacation is your worst nightmare?” Kind of like that. By Fitz Cahall Photos by Mikey Schaefer
RAPID TRANSIT From the Alps to the Himalaya, Swiss climber Ueli Steck is the fastest man in the mountains, but he doesn’t rely on his genetic gifts. Steck trains harder than most Olympians, and here he reveals his motivations and his methods.By Martin GutmannPhotos by Robert Bosch
Contributors Meet Cody Averbeck, Fitz Cahall, and Rich Crowder
Hot FlashesSasha DiGiulian: 2 X 5.14c in 1 week; big and bold in Pakistan and Patagonia
Off the Wall America's favorite climber campgrounds. Plus, how to reuse or recycle your old biners, ropes, clothes, and more
Ten Things... Dyno! The legends beyond climbing's biggest move
Players Pioneering alpine guide Angela Hawse
Gear We test the latest crop of lightweight, full-protection rain shells. Plus: A sneak preview of three new hard-shell fabrics coming this fall
Tech Tips A quick way to haul your partner past a crux; make your own chalk bag; the big-wall stick clip
Classic Climbs The Headache: a perfect half-day in Zion
Mileage Think Australia's legendary Arapiles is all about desperate fright-fests? Think again.
Perspective Ian Caldwell, the "mayor of Smith Rock'