2017 was an eventful year in our sport. Alex Honnold completed the first free solo of El Capitan via Freerider. Margo Hayes became the first woman to climb 5.15a, and then Angie Eiter became the first woman to climb 5.15b not long after. Adam Ondra established 5.15d. We lost legends young and old, including Royal Robbins, Fred Beckey, Ueli Steck, Hayden Kennedy, and Inge Perkins. And much, much more.
The gallery below lists the most popular climbing stories we published in 2017, with a few staff favorites mixed in.