October 2011 – 299

October 2011 - 299


NORTHERN EXPOSURE: Fall in New England isn’t just for leaf peepers. Check out these eye-popping images of locals’ favorite 5.10s.By Pat Bagley. Photos by Anne Skidmore

REVELATIONS: After four years of effort, a first ascent in the Alaska Range brings a mixed bag of emotions.By Clint Helander

HIGH AND WILD: Free climbing on the Sierra’s biggest, baddest backcountry dome. By Ari Menitov. Photos by Andrew Burr

CLIMB SMARTER: 50 common mistakes that every climber must avoid. By Laura Snider



Hot Flashes Maine’s forgotten 5.13+ gets its second ascent; DiGiulian gets the gold.

10 ThingsYou might not have known about the origin of route names.

Mileage Follow this circuit of great bouldering along Boone, NC’s Highway 221.

Classic Climbs Love it or hate it, this was Rifle, Colorado’s first sport climb.

Hot Spots Eight 5.8 routes that are guaranteed to make your day

Gear Tested: four innovative jackets, a sweet crash pad, and forearm massage gizmos

Tech Tips How to use a cam hook, stacking the rope for multi-pitch belays, and more

Perspective Brittany Anne Griffith: Salt Lake City’s lovable curmudgeon