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2008 Climbing Covershows

The Faces of HellPhotos by Lucas Marshall / LucasMarshall.com – At the end of September, for the third year, 200 climbers competed in the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell on the gorgeous sandstone of Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas. The goal is simple: lead as many routes as possible within a 24-hour time period and survive. Shown in this gallery are 55 teams that Lucas Marshall managed to capture during “HELL” in recreational, intermediate and advanced classes. To learn more about the event visit: 24hoursofhorseshoe.com

Groundbreaking 5.15 Gets Second Ascent — Adam Ondra has made the second ascent of Open Air at Austria’s Schleier Wasserfall, a route first done when…

Groundbreaking 5.15 Gets Second Ascent — Adam Ondra has made the second ascent of Open Air at Austria’s Schleier Wasserfall, a route first done when Ondra was only three years old. Although Alex Huber graded Open Air 9a (5.14d) when he climbed it in 1996, Ondra, 15, felt it was the hardest climb he’d redpointed yet—harder than any of the 5.14d or 5.15a routes (La Rambla, La Novena Enmienda, Weiss Rose, PuntX, and Action Directe) the Czech superstar has repeated this year.

AMERICAN MEATBALLS - Two Yanks Taste Humble Pie on the Superb Granite of SwedenBy Mike Brumbaugh - Sweden: this serene Scandinavian country conjures…

AMERICAN MEATBALLS – Two Yanks Taste Humble Pie on the Superb Granite of SwedenBy Mike Brumbaugh – Sweden: this serene Scandinavian country conjures visions of sweeping granite, splitter cracks, and rounded blocs. Er, I mean, bikini teams, hockey, lingonberry jam . . . and more bikini teams. In short, all things not climbing. And so it is with major trepidation that, in April 2007, I board a plane to Stockholm for a climbing trip. I’m to meet my buddy Rob Pizem there, and then hook up with the local photographer Jonas Paulsson.

Arrans Free-Climb Wild Venezuelan Wall — The British couple John and Anne Arran, veterans of several big new routes on Venezuela’s remote sandstone…

Arrans Free-Climb Wild Venezuelan Wall — The British couple John and Anne Arran, veterans of several big new routes on Venezuela’s remote sandstone walls, have completed their “most adventurous big-wall expedition yet”: the all-free first ascent of Amurí Tepui, alongside a 2,000-foot waterfall that is so isolated it has no known name. Over a week of effort, the two completed a 10-pitch route called Amurita (E7 6b) with sustained 5.12 climbing.

Andy Mann - Pro Blog 5 — Updated 07/29/2008 - Capetown, South Africa - Good News! - Sun, Sun, Sun. A big african ball of fire and a high pressure…

Andy Mann – Pro Blog 5 — Updated 07/29/2008 – Capetown, South Africa – Good News! – Sun, Sun, Sun. A big african ball of fire and a high pressure system that can grease your tips like an egg pan! We havent seen rain for weeks now and things are going well. Beth Rodden asked me this morning for the up-tinth-million time: “When are you gonna update your Climbing.com blog!?!”

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Andy Mann Pro Blog 4 – “Rain, Rain, Rain. I’m talkin’ about a costal African low pressure system that will have you crying to mommy. We have been passing the times pretty hard lately folks. Roads are completely washed out, boulders are soaked, and our fire wood is now sopping wet.”

Faces of the Zillertal - 2008 Petzl RocTrip — Photos by Anna Piunova — mountain.ru - The Tyrolean area known as the Zillertal is the alpine jewel of…

Faces of the Zillertal – 2008 Petzl RocTrip — Photos by Anna Piunova — mountain.ru – The Tyrolean area known as the Zillertal is the alpine jewel of Austria and was the site for this years Petzl RocTrip on July 23-27, 2008. In this photo set, Russian photographer Anna Piunova has captured the spirit of the RocTrip athletes: Lynn Hill, Cedric Lachat, Said Belhaj, Eugeny Krivosheytsev, Julia Abramchuk, Chris Sharma, Dani Andrada, Loik Gaidioz, Violaine Beuque, Jerome Pouvreu, Jacob Schubert, Sean McColl and Markus Bock.

Montana's Bitterroot MountainsPhotos by Dylan Chouinard-Peck - Everything from bouldering, to alpine big walls are found in western Montana's…

Montana’s Bitterroot MountainsPhotos by Dylan Chouinard-Peck – Everything from bouldering, to alpine big walls are found in western Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains — this is Big Sky Country at its best. These photos are concentrated on a young, tight-knit group from the University of Montana on some the areas best glacial erratic boulder problems and fresh granite sport routes. Dylan Chouinard-Peck is a climbing bum and photographer based out of Missoula, Montana. He enjoys every facet and type of photography and loves capturing the essence of rock climbing.

Bloqueando Bouldering Competition – Challcupuncu, Bolivia 2008By Daniel Aramayo - planetaventura.com - Photos by Juan Gabriel Estellano — On July 19…

Bloqueando Bouldering Competition – Challcupuncu, Bolivia 2008By Daniel Aramayo – planetaventura.com – Photos by Juan Gabriel Estellano — On July 19 and 20, we celebrated the second edition of “Bloqueando”, a bouldering event. It’s more of a gathering of participants rather than a competition with mostly Bolivian’s but also some French, English, German and Mexican climbers who measured their skills and strengths over the weekend on some sweet volcanic boulders.

Bruce Willey - Reader Blog 1 - The Last American Road Trip - It begins when you can leave town, when you leave your common sense, your guilt, and a…

Bruce Willey – Reader Blog 1 – The Last American Road Trip – It begins when you can leave town, when you leave your common sense, your guilt, and a large chunk of yourself behind. It could be four years of pent-up academic frustrations. It could be the many years at a job that fleeces your ability to connect to the sweet simmering world. It could be your local crag doesn’t hold the same allure as it used to. Or it could be simply that you want to let the road show you the pace.

A Week in the Bugaboos — By Luke Laeser - Mike Brumbaugh and I finally made a trip to the infamous Bugaboos within the mighty Purcell Mountains at…

A Week in the Bugaboos — By Luke Laeser – Mike Brumbaugh and I finally made a trip to the infamous Bugaboos within the mighty Purcell Mountains at the end of July, 2007. Mikey’s been a good friend since we met sport climbing at Rifle in Colorado and we’d been talking about taking a trip up to this fantastic British Columbian spot after years of drooling over photos.

CLIMBING.COM PHOTOPOST > Bouldering - Shown here are some photos of the Dope Lounge, the Cleveland Steamer, and Donkey Punch near Flagstaff, Arizona.…

CLIMBING.COM PHOTOPOST > Bouldering – Shown here are some photos of the Dope Lounge, the Cleveland Steamer, and Donkey Punch near Flagstaff, Arizona. PhotoPost has over 1500 bouldering photos! Create your own gallery or upload to a variety of other categories.

Italian Duo Completes 21-pitch 5.13 — After three seasons of work, Matteo Della Bordella and Fabio Palma have completed Coelophysis, a 21-pitch 5.13c…

Italian Duo Completes 21-pitch 5.13 — After three seasons of work, Matteo Della Bordella and Fabio Palma have completed Coelophysis, a 21-pitch 5.13c on the 2,000-foot-high Mahren sector of Switzerland’s Wendenstöcke cliffs. Della Bordella, 24, redpointed the crux fourth pitch, “a very technical 8a+ (5.13c).” Coelophysis is now the longest route on the 9,980-foot mountain’s water-carved limestone walls.

Mucho Pumpito (II 5.10b) Vinales Valley, Cuba By Armando Menocal - The best 5.10 in The world — it’s a big claim for a two-pitch sport route in…

Mucho Pumpito (II 5.10b) Vinales Valley, Cuba By Armando Menocal – The best 5.10 in The world — it’s a big claim for a two-pitch sport route in western Cuba. Yet that’s the consensus among those who’ve climbed on the elbow-deep pockets of Mucho Pumpito, in the island’s Valle de Viñales. As the British climber and writer Mikey Robertson effervesced, “Mucho Pumpito is the best 5.10 I’ve ever done, and in the top five of all climbs.”

Dan Lubbers Photographs — Shown here is collection of Southeastern sandstone blocks beginning with Andrew Gearing on the first ascent of  Suicide…

Dan Lubbers Photographs — Shown here is collection of Southeastern sandstone blocks beginning with Andrew Gearing on the first ascent of Suicide Girls (V10), somewhere near the Red River Gorge, KY; Melissa Lacasse gracefully sending Bedwetters (V10), The Stone fort (aka LRC), TN; Jason Kehl floating up Slider, HP40, AL; Ana Hayes on The Orb (V8+) Rocktown, GA; Cory Herr getting colorful on Golden Shower (V5), Rocktown, GA; and Mark Osbourne on the first ascent of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (V8), RRG, KY.

New River Gorge, West Virginia — Photos by Pablo Durana - The \

New River Gorge, West Virginia — Photos by Pablo Durana – The “New” is one of the premier climbing destinations on the east coast with thousands of good sandstone pitches from steep sport climbs to splitter crack routes. Shown here are some photos of the steep classics like Apollo Reed, The Pod, Tobacco Road and more at the Summersville Lake area. Also in this gallery are a few routes from the gorge’s popular Kaymoor crag.

El Cap and Half Dome in a Day — Photos by Andy Chasteen — In June 2008, I found myself in Yosemite Valley with Midwestern hardmen, Tony Mayse and…

El Cap and Half Dome in a Day — Photos by Andy Chasteen — In June 2008, I found myself in Yosemite Valley with Midwestern hardmen, Tony Mayse and Clay Frisbie, who were there to snag the coveted Half Dome/Nose link up in a day. I was along for the ride as the pack mule and photographer. The pair climbed hard, endured exhaustion, got down safe and shared an incredible experience. In post trip reflection (and depression from returning to the midwest) I replayed the visuals in my mind of Tony zipping up the Zig Zags and Clay eating up the Pancake Flake, but that wasn’t what touched me — the magical place and the people I shared the experience with are what left an impact on my soul.

Eurotour by Miquel Catita — An obsessed rock climber for the last ten years, Miquel loves bouldering, sport climbing, and multi pitch — anything and…

Eurotour by Miquel Catita — An obsessed rock climber for the last ten years, Miquel loves bouldering, sport climbing, and multi pitch — anything and everything that allows him to interact with the rock, be outside, observe colors, feel sensations… A year ago he became injured, so instead of sitting around he began taking photos full time. Now post recovery he always has a camera and ponders his new dilemma: get on the project or shoot it? Visit his websites for more — www.havista.com; flickr.com/photos/jandiro

Fall bouldering in Fontainebleau	Fall is probably the best bouldering season just abbout everywhere, not only for the good friction that comes with…

Fall bouldering in Fontainebleau Fall is probably the best bouldering season just abbout everywhere, not only for the good friction that comes with the lower temperatures, but also for the chromatic spectrum offered by the forest. These pictures were taken on forest paths and at two of the finest bouldering areas at Font: Franchard Cuisiniere and Rocher Aux Sabots.

Photography of Frank Kretschmann — For eight years Kretschmann has been working as a professional photographer shooting fashion, people, industry and…

Photography of Frank Kretschmann — For eight years Kretschmann has been working as a professional photographer shooting fashion, people, industry and still lifes. He has always been fascinated by all styles of climbing, and though his travels has visited many parts of the world like: sport climbing all over Europe and Morocco, alpine adventures in the Alps and Peru and of course the big walls of Yosemite. But his passion for climbing still lies at his home crag, Germany’s Frankenjura, the place that has influenced him the most. Visit funst.de for more

Garrett Grove Photography — For Garrett Grove, his pursuit of climbing began on Mount Baker as a freshman at Western Washington University. After…

Garrett Grove Photography — For Garrett Grove, his pursuit of climbing began on Mount Baker as a freshman at Western Washington University. After that climb, Garrett needed an outlet to share the experiences he encountered outside, and photography was the answer. For the last seven years, he’s been lugging around a camera everywhere: up chimneys, through water and in the snow — just to take a picture at the right moment — a moment that captures the essence of the day. Visit GarrettGrove.com for more.

George Ullrich on Gaia	Gaia (E8 6c) is one of those routes we all know about. You’d be hard pressed to find many climbers that haven’t stumbled…

George Ullrich on Gaia Gaia (E8 6c) is one of those routes we all know about. You’d be hard pressed to find many climbers that haven’t stumbled across the horrendous fall in the opening scene of Slackjaw Film’s Hard Grit. It’s interesting reading peoples thoughts on the internet and in magazines, about how video is directly affecting modern climbing. When is watching a video beta? And when is watching a video, equivalent to reading a guidebook description? Shown here, George Ullrich is attempting a flash ascent of Gaia (E8 6c), since he’s seen both Hard Grit and the Dose. Video stills by Dave Gill / SteepMedia.com. Read More: How does video affect climbing?

Thailand's Crazy Horse ButtressPhotos by Gerhad Schaar — The \

Thailand’s Crazy Horse ButtressPhotos by Gerhad Schaar — The “Crazy Horse Buttress” in Chiang Mai is northern Thailand’s best developed crag, with about 150 routes. SLC climber Josh Morris is one of the main developers and runs Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures. His sustainable developement approach is well done in contrast to southern Thailand. A “taxi” takes you to and from the crag, where you find toilets, well maintained paths and benches with sunroofs for hanging out — a climber feels almost spoiled here. Chiang Mai is a nice alternative for travelers who want to escape the crowds and get a real view of northern Thailand culture.

German Team Explores Remote Baffin Walls — 6/24/08 - A five-man German expedition led by well-known climbers Stefan Glowacz and Robert Jasper has…

German Team Explores Remote Baffin Walls — 6/24/08 – A five-man German expedition led by well-known climbers Stefan Glowacz and Robert Jasper has completed an arduous expedition along the coast of northeastern Baffin Island, including the first ascent of a 2,300-foot big-wall route.

Amongst the Chaos - Photo Gallery — Photos by Gerri Kier — The mission for Education Elevated was to raise money to build a new library for an…

Amongst the Chaos – Photo Gallery — Photos by Gerri Kier — The mission for Education Elevated was to raise money to build a new library for an unmapped village school in Chyangba Village (a remote village near Mt. Everest 8 – 10 miles northeast of Phaplu, Nepal) by trekking to Everest Base Camp, and finally summiting Island Peak (20,305ft). Read the trip report by Julie Lillenkamp

Greg Mionske Photography — Boulder, Colorado, photogapher Greg Mionske's passion is bouldering and landscape photography in places like Rocky…

Greg Mionske Photography — Boulder, Colorado, photogapher Greg Mionske’s passion is bouldering and landscape photography in places like Rocky Mountain National Park and Bishop, California. Shown here is a collection of photos from Spring 2008 at the Gunks, Buttermilks, and climbs near his home in Boulder, Colorado.

An Adventure in the Dolomites — By Enrico Maioni / guidedolomiti.com - During my many years in the mountains and my numerous trips abroad, I’ve had…

An Adventure in the Dolomites — By Enrico Maioni / guidedolomiti.com – During my many years in the mountains and my numerous trips abroad, I’ve had the good fortune of living quite a few adventures. Today I’ll tell you my most recent adventure, so you think about how an alpine guide earns a living, especially if you think he does so in the most casual manner … CLICK HERE to see all the photos from this adventure

Hampi: Southern India's Bouldering MeccaPhotos by Sonnie Trotter - Located near the town of Vijayanagar in southern India, the granite boulders at…

Hampi: Southern India’s Bouldering MeccaPhotos by Sonnie Trotter – Located near the town of Vijayanagar in southern India, the granite boulders at Hampi offer something for everyone, whether your seeking double digit V-grades or an enlightened cultural perspective. In January, 2008, the day after News Years Eve, Sonnie Trotter and his girlfriend Lydia Zamorano boarded a plane for southern India in search of rock climbing, yoga, and a new lifestyle experience. Read More.

Happy Holidays from Climbing Magazine 	Chisolm Leonard of Hendersonville, North Carolina saw Santa Claus, not at the North Pole or sliding down…

Happy Holidays from Climbing Magazine Chisolm Leonard of Hendersonville, North Carolina saw Santa Claus, not at the North Pole or sliding down chimenys, but out spreading holiday cheer while climbing at Chimney Rock, NC, near Rumbling Bald. Photo courtesy of Climbing.com’s Photopost: UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS AND WIN PRIZES! Create your own galleries, comment, rate, and view thousands of photos in a variety of categories: BOULDERING, CLIMBING EVENTS, TRAD, SPORT, THE CLIMBER LIFESTYLE, ALPINE ICE AND MIXED, INDOOR AND COMPETITION, and CLASSIC CLIMBS

Horse Pens 40 - 2008 Triple Crown Bouldering Series 	Photos by Brian Burnham and Leon Godwin / cirquevideo.com - Over 400 competitors and 200…

Horse Pens 40 – 2008 Triple Crown Bouldering Series Photos by Brian Burnham and Leon Godwin / cirquevideo.com – Over 400 competitors and 200 spectators attended this year’s HP40 event in northern Alabama on Saturday, November 1, 2008, making it one of the biggest outdoor comps in the coutry. After two events over $10,000 has been raised for the Southeast Climbers Coalition (SCC) and the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) by the Triple Crown Bouldering Series. For more info visit: seclimbers.org, carolinaclimbers.org and triplecrownbouldering.com

International Climbers’ Meet - Indian Creek, UTPhotos by Anna Piunova / Mountain.ru - On October 3-10, 2008, in Utah’s Indian Creek, the American…

International Climbers’ Meet – Indian Creek, UTPhotos by Anna Piunova / Mountain.ru – On October 3-10, 2008, in Utah’s Indian Creek, the American Alpine Club hosted the country’s first ever International Climbers’ Meet. Fifteen languages, 24 countries, and 87 climbers came together to share stories and ropes in a landscape not found anywhere else on earth. For more information about the event and the AAC visit: americanalpineclub.org. Click Here to read an event recap by Jim Donini.

The International of Glenwood Canyon — Story and photos by Mike Schneiter and Chris Van Leuven - \

The International of Glenwood Canyon — Story and photos by Mike Schneiter and Chris Van Leuven – “I’ve long harbored a fascination for the towering walls of imposing rock in Glenwood Canyon. The moment I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley I heard rumors of a near-fanciful route that climbed to the canyon rim,” reflects Mike Schneiter on the International Route, Glenwood Canyon’s longest line.

Tensleep Canyon, Wyoming - Photo Gallery	Jacob Kauppila is an avid photographer and climber based at the foot of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains in…

Tensleep Canyon, Wyoming – Photo Gallery Jacob Kauppila is an avid photographer and climber based at the foot of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains in Sheridan, WY. The pictures in this gallery are all from a little known place called Tensleep Canyon, also in the Big Horns. The rock consists of mostly Big Horn Dolomite (a type of limestone) and the quality of the routes here is amazing with many clean walls and sheer faces. There are also some pictures of the wildlife, scenery, and the tiny town of Tensleep, WY. For more visit: www.jkphotography.printroom.com

Yellow Brick Road (5.9+) - Wizard Needle, CaliforniaEvery story you've heard about the Needles (California) is true: the place does feel haunted, and…

Yellow Brick Road (5.9+) – Wizard Needle, CaliforniaEvery story you’ve heard about the Needles (California) is true: the place does feel haunted, and the climbing is that good. Towering cones of granite claim the horizon of this wonderland, perched at 8,000 feet in the Sierras near the edge of the Kern River Wilderness. Shown in this series are photos of the impressive Needles skyline (at night), Yellow Brick Road, Atlantis, Raven and Thin Ice.

Jesse Von Fange - East Coast — Photos by Jesse Von Fange - East coast rock and ice climbs from the New River Gorge, WV; Old Rag Mountain, VA;…

Jesse Von Fange – East Coast — Photos by Jesse Von Fange – East coast rock and ice climbs from the New River Gorge, WV; Old Rag Mountain, VA; Shenadoah National Park, VA; Red River Gorge, KY; Seneca Rocks, WV; and the Salmon River Gorge, NY. Visit: Fotos & Times of a Blue Ridger — vonfang.blogspot.com for more.

John Vallejo Photography — Photos by John Vallejo - Amidst graduating from law school and now working as full-time as an attorney in San Francisco,…

John Vallejo Photography — Photos by John Vallejo – Amidst graduating from law school and now working as full-time as an attorney in San Francisco, Vallejo’s been climbing and shooting in China, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Yosemite, Bishop, and a number of other places over the past year. He claims to be fairly new to the photography world [although you’d never guess it] and prefers a simple camera setup. Check out his blog for more at: johnclimbrok.blogspot.com

Q & A with Jonathan Siegrist — On Monday, June 2, 2008 Jonathan Siegrist, 22, made the third ascent of Grand Ole Opry at the Monastery, Colorado.…

Q & A with Jonathan Siegrist — On Monday, June 2, 2008 Jonathan Siegrist, 22, made the third ascent of Grand Ole Opry at the Monastery, Colorado. Originally rated 5.14a by its creator, Tommy Caldwell, the climb was uprated to 5.14c by Andy Raether after he did the second ascent, in 2007. Climbing hard and under the radar, Siegrist, a full-time student at Naropa University and routesetter at the Boulder Rock Club, did the route in just around 10 days.

Americans Rampage on British Grit — Kevin Jorgeson falling off the English Gritstone testpiece Gaia (E8 6c). He clipped a pad at the bottom but was…

Americans Rampage on British Grit — Kevin Jorgeson falling off the English Gritstone testpiece Gaia (E8 6c). He clipped a pad at the bottom but was unharmed and later sent the route. The Gaia fall became infamous after Slackjaw’s film Hard Grit (1998) when Jean-minh Trin-Thieu took the famous winger off the crux and broke his leg. Sequence courtesy of Kevin Jorgeson.

The First Ascent of Kang Nachugo - Joseph Puryear and David Gottlieb have made the first ascent of the previously unclimbed peak Kang Nachugo (6,735…

The First Ascent of Kang Nachugo – Joseph Puryear and David Gottlieb have made the first ascent of the previously unclimbed peak Kang Nachugo (6,735 meters) in the Rolwaling Himal, Nepal. The pyramidal peak lies on the Tibet/Nepal border and the pair climbed their new route in alpine style in five days reaching the summit on October 17th, 2008.

Koh Yao Noi - Thailand Photos by Gerhard Schaar — The island of Koh Yao Noi is a one hour longtail boat ride from the climbing mecca of Krabi. As you…

Koh Yao Noi – Thailand Photos by Gerhard Schaar — The island of Koh Yao Noi is a one hour longtail boat ride from the climbing mecca of Krabi. As you cruise around the two by seven mile island on a scooter you’ll notice everything goes a bit slower here, food and accommodations are affordable, everyone is more relaxed, and “sabai-sabai” is the motto here. About 100 routes are are spread out over six areas and the climbing has lots of tufas and pockets. A majority of the climbs have been established by locals of Phra Nang Beach and veteran Mark Miner. For more info visit gerhardschaar.com

Koreans Climb Huge Himalayan Wall - A Korean team has climbed the northeast face of Meru South (6,660m/21,850'), adjacent to the well-known Meru…

Koreans Climb Huge Himalayan Wall – A Korean team has climbed the northeast face of Meru South (6,660m/21,850′), adjacent to the well-known Meru Shark’s Fin in India’s Garhwal Himalaya. Although the east face of the Shark’s Fin has seen at least 20 expeditions, very few have attempted the larger peak to its south. Meru South is believed to have been climbed only once, by a Japanese team in 1980. A Spanish team reached 21,000 feet on the peak’s east face and ridge in 2001.

Lauren Lee Pro Blog 9 - Viva Sagres! The first five days in Portugal were spent on the most Southwestern tip of Europe. Everyday was a slow start…

Lauren Lee Pro Blog 9 – Viva Sagres! The first five days in Portugal were spent on the most Southwestern tip of Europe. Everyday was a slow start with breakfast in camp under a Canopy of trees that opened up like a tunnel creating shelter from the wind and sun. After breakfast we would head to a café for a quick coffee and then we would mash to Corgis in hope of dry rock.

2008 Mammut Bouldering Championships - Salt Lake City, Utah — Photos by Dave Anderson / dave-anderson.com - See top athletes: Chris Sharma, Ethan…

2008 Mammut Bouldering Championships – Salt Lake City, Utah — Photos by Dave Anderson / dave-anderson.com – See top athletes: Chris Sharma, Ethan Pringle, Guillaume Glairon Mondet, Daniel Woods, Tyler Landman, Alex Puccio, Alex Johnson, Sydney McNair, Lisa Rands, Sierra Blair-Coyle and more. The competition, presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, began with a qualifying round with over 100 competitors at SLC’s Front Climbing Club. The comp is held as part of the Outdoor Retailer summer trade show. Read More. See full results at boulderingcomps.com.

Marshall Burke Photography — Marshall Burke joins the crowded market of weekend warriors with friends who climb and has enough disposable income to…

Marshall Burke Photography — Marshall Burke joins the crowded market of weekend warriors with friends who climb and has enough disposable income to blow on a fancy digital camera. Marshall searches out the finest splitters with his 8000 closest Bay Area friends in places like: Yosemite, Tuolumne, Joshua Tree, Donner Summit and Indian Creek. During the week he does research at the Program on Food Security at Stanford University.

 Marten Blumen Photography Marten Blumen won the Grand Prize at the 2008 Banff Mountain Photography Competition for his Rim Lit Climber shot taken at…

Marten Blumen Photography Marten Blumen won the Grand Prize at the 2008 Banff Mountain Photography Competition for his Rim Lit Climber shot taken at Ceüse, France. He is known for his capacity and devotion to produce quality images in tough conditions. Combining a world class digital skill-set, an artists eye for light and an inquisitive mind, he regularly produces unique outcomes. Blumen regularly seeks new images away from his studio in Auckland, New Zealand where he also teaches outdoor and post-processing workshops. For more info visit: martyblumen.com

The Nose Goes Quicker - Part 1Video by Eric Perlman TEASER FROM MASTERS OF STONE 6 COMING SPRING 2009 - The July 2 climb did not begin well. Hirayama…

The Nose Goes Quicker – Part 1Video by Eric Perlman TEASER FROM MASTERS OF STONE 6 COMING SPRING 2009 – The July 2 climb did not begin well. Hirayama took a warm-up lap on the first pitch, a polished, pin-scarred 5.10d. Halfway up, he missed a hold, falling 20 feet. But, said Hirayama, “[The fall] just made me focus more.” And focus they did. The pair counted down together in Japanese — “San, ni, ichi!” — and then Florine hit the stopwatch, with Hirayama firing up the crack.

Happy Holidays from Climbing MagazineTwas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a climber was stirring, except for Charlie Simone.…

Happy Holidays from Climbing MagazineTwas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a climber was stirring, except for Charlie Simone. The rock shoes were hung under the portaledge with care in hopes that the weather would be better than fair. Photo courtesy of Climbing.com’s Photopost: UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS AND WIN PRIZES! Create your own galleries, comment, rate, and view thousands of photos in a variety of categories.

As a climber, naturalist and \

As a climber, naturalist and “Amateur” photographer Nathaniel has been living on the road for over 10 years. He moves with the seasons in search of perfect weather, preferring to keep the conditions cool and dry. This collection of photos is from his 2007 season that covers a good portion of the US and a few spots Canada. As you can see, no detail is overlooked — from the perfect sunset to hidden fossils to venomous snakes.

Interview with Nicolas Falacci - Originally from Massachusetts, Nicolas Falacci is a true “Gunky” who became a television writer, producer and is the…

Interview with Nicolas Falacci – Originally from Massachusetts, Nicolas Falacci is a true “Gunky” who became a television writer, producer and is the co-creator and executive producer of the CBS show “Numb3rs.” Nick got started climbing over 20 years ago after finishing college at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. With no career or girlfriend at the time, he thought it would be a great idea to become a high-altitude mountaineer. But, since he lived in New York City he had to start on the boulders of Central Park and cliffs of the Shawangunks.

The Spot Gym: Night of the Rising Sun - 2008Photos by Justin Roth - On Saturday, December 6th, 2008, in Boulder Colorado, the second event in the…

The Spot Gym: Night of the Rising Sun – 2008Photos by Justin Roth – On Saturday, December 6th, 2008, in Boulder Colorado, the second event in the Spot Bouldering Series “kicked off” with youth and adult bouldering comps followed by crashpad sumo wrestling, martial arts displays, zip lines, food, and fun for all ages.

Yuji Hirayama and Hans Florine have broken the speed record for climbing the Nose of El Capitan. According to a text message that Florine sent to…

Yuji Hirayama and Hans Florine have broken the speed record for climbing the Nose of El Capitan. According to a text message that Florine sent to Chris McNamara of Supertopo.com after the climb on July 2, the time of their ascent was 2:43:33.

Pearson Claims E12 on English SlabThe hardest traditional route in the world may be a slab climb. The young English climber James Pearson has climbed…

Pearson Claims E12 on English SlabThe hardest traditional route in the world may be a slab climb. The young English climber James Pearson has climbed The Walk of Life (E12 7a) on a steep slab on the North Devon coast in southwest England. At this grade, the route must include hard 5.14 climbing with death-fall potential.

On June 7, Jason Nelson, Jack Jeffries, and Cody Sims, put up Pent Up, (5.12c 700 feet), a new seven-pitch Black Canyon line. The climbs sits in the…

On June 7, Jason Nelson, Jack Jeffries, and Cody Sims, put up Pent Up, (5.12c 700 feet), a new seven-pitch Black Canyon line. The climbs sits in the South Rim’s Chillumstone Gully to the climber’s left of Count Your Lily Pads (III 5.10 A2). Both routes share the same last pitch, originally aided on the FA of Lily Pads (John Kaandorp and Steve Demaio; 1983) due to rain wetting the route.

Photopost Bouldering — Create your own galleries, comment, rate, and view thousands of photos in a variety of categories: BOULDERING, CLIMBING…

Photopost Bouldering — Create your own galleries, comment, rate, and view thousands of photos in a variety of categories: BOULDERING, CLIMBING EVENTS, TRAD, SPORT, THE CLIMBER LIFESTYLE, ALPINE ICE AND MIXED, INDOOR AND COMPETITION, and CLASSIC CLIMBS Shown here are a few problems near Flagstaff, Arizona at Cherry Canyon and Joe’s Valley, Utah. For more info visit BLIMP BOULDERING

REEL ROCK Film Tour World Premiere - Wednesday, September 10th — The 3rd Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour goes into full swing this week with the premiere…

REEL ROCK Film Tour World Premiere – Wednesday, September 10th — The 3rd Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour goes into full swing this week with the premiere event at the Boulder Theater on Wednesday the 10th, 2008. Climbers including Dean Potter – fresh off his Eiger BASE solo – and Tommy Caldwell will be in Boulder, as well as filmmakers Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer. After Boulder, REEL ROCK continues on for over 80 shows across the U.S and world. CLICK HERE To Watch the Reel Rock Film Tour Trailer

2008 Reel Rock Film Tour - During September and October, The 2008 REEL ROCK Tour will be thrilling crowds from New Paltz to Cape Town and dozens of…

2008 Reel Rock Film Tour – During September and October, The 2008 REEL ROCK Tour will be thrilling crowds from New Paltz to Cape Town and dozens of points in between with the best climbing and outdoor adventure films of the year. Hightlights include: REEL ROCK Filmmaking Competition Winners, Grand Canyon Walls, The Sharp End, South Africa, The Aerialist, and On Sight. For more info visit: www.reelrocktour.com

The Big D - How Rifle Mountain Park Became the \

The Big D – How Rifle Mountain Park Became the “Land of 5.13d” — Something terrible dwells in the East. Eyes sharper than flints, a back rippling with veins and muscle, its arms long and sinewy, knees covered in a thick, black carapace, this horror is, as we speak, hurtling through the icy maw of the mountains. The beast has rolled the stoutest cord of 60 meters into a black bag, the line coiled like an angry cobra.

Bouldering Therapy 101By Robyn Puro - I’d finally cut ties with my corrupt, evil, horrible, poisonous boss and was eager to rid my home-office of…

Bouldering Therapy 101By Robyn Puro – I’d finally cut ties with my corrupt, evil, horrible, poisonous boss and was eager to rid my home-office of negative juju. I wasn’t entirely sure how I had gotten myself into that situation, but “the mindful life” it was not. My days had been full of angry phone calls.

The Allure of Rumney, New HampshirePhotos by Seth Hamel - The goal of photography for Seth Hamel is to capture the beautiful rock throughout New…

The Allure of Rumney, New HampshirePhotos by Seth Hamel – The goal of photography for Seth Hamel is to capture the beautiful rock throughout New England and his primary focus is the crags of Rumney, New Hampshire. The allure of Rumney is in its diverse areas scattered across Rattlesnake mountain, each with their own independent style and personality characterized by powerful and technical movements. Hamel has only been photographing climbing since the spring of 2008 and looks forward to capturing his experiences for years to come.

Climbing.com's PhotoPostThe awesomeness of hard sport routes in Rumney, New Hampshire is typified by steep bouldery routes on perfect stone. Seth…

Climbing.com’s PhotoPostThe awesomeness of hard sport routes in Rumney, New Hampshire is typified by steep bouldery routes on perfect stone. Seth Hamel (aka bboysmeth) has captured for our viewing pleasure: Aquarius (5.12d), Get it On (5.12c/d), Flying Monkeys (5.12c), Rap Echo (5.12a), Suburban (5.13a), Hope for Movement (5.12d), Dynosoar (5.13a), and Lonesome Dove (5.10a). If you’re not checking out all the action in PhotoPost — you’re missing out! Create your own galleries, comment, rate, and view thousands of photos in a variety of categories.

Sharma: Possible 5.15b in Spain - Chris Sharma has completed a project at Siurana, Spain, that he believes could be as hard as 9b (5.15b). Golpe de…

Sharma: Possible 5.15b in Spain – Chris Sharma has completed a project at Siurana, Spain, that he believes could be as hard as 9b (5.15b). Golpe de Estado is a direct version of Estado Critico (5.14c/d), linking a 5.14d start into 5.14c climbing with a poor rest in between. Visit Big UP Productions to see a video excerpt of Chris Sharma on Golpe de Estado from Dosage V and to read more about the send.

The Southwest Ridge of Siguniang (6250 meters), Changping Valley, Sichuan, China — Trip report by Dylan Johnson - Chad Kellogg and I, funded in part…

The Southwest Ridge of Siguniang (6250 meters), Changping Valley, Sichuan, China — Trip report by Dylan Johnson – Chad Kellogg and I, funded in part by a Lyman Spitzer Award from the American Alpine Club, completed the first ascent of the Southwest Ridge of Siguniang (VI 5.11 A2 M5 AI3+), 72 pitches. 9,200’ from base camp, in southwestern China over ten days, September 21-30, 2008.

SPINDRIFT MEMORIES - 30 DAYS ON BAFFIN ISLAND'S WALKER CITADELBy Mike Libecki - It was 10 years ago that I endured that night on the Walker Citadel,…

SPINDRIFT MEMORIES – 30 DAYS ON BAFFIN ISLAND’S WALKER CITADELBy Mike Libecki – It was 10 years ago that I endured that night on the Walker Citadel, a granite tower stabbing 4,200 feet from Sam Ford Fjord, Baffin Island. Now as I type on my laptop, I sit next to a campfire in the Wasatch with my 5-year-old daughter, Lilliana. We’re on an adventure just as intriguing, but tonight we don’t suffer. At least, not in the way Russ Mitrovich, Josh Helling, and I did those 32 continuous days on the wall.

The Citadels of Sinai Granite — Story and photos by Alexander Orlov — web.mac.com/aorlov - It was a snowless winter in 2006 and all of the previous…

The Citadels of Sinai Granite — Story and photos by Alexander Orlov — web.mac.com/aorlov – It was a snowless winter in 2006 and all of the previous summer and autumn we, as all climbers do, trained hard and surfed the internet with the aim of learning about new lines and high peaks. I found a site describing about 200 routes on the Sinai Peninsula among the granite citadels, some 600 to 800 meters tall, in a place named St. Catherine, Egypt.

The Science of Movement: Behind the scenes at a major climbing comp - Take a look at what goes into routesetting at a major national event, as…

The Science of Movement: Behind the scenes at a major climbing comp – Take a look at what goes into routesetting at a major national event, as American climbers prepare for the arrival of a climbing world cup for the first time in 20 years. Routesetters are arguably the most important component of readying a venue for a competition.

Canada's Wild Thing Gets Free Ascent — Jon Simms and Jon Walsh have completed a rare ascent of The Wild Thing on the east face of Mt. Chephren in the…

Canada’s Wild Thing Gets Free Ascent — Jon Simms and Jon Walsh have completed a rare ascent of The Wild Thing on the east face of Mt. Chephren in the Canadian Rockies, making the probable first free ascent of the route. The two climbed the 1,300-meter (4,300′) mixed climb in a 44-hour round trip at M7 WI5.

Major New Free Climb in North Carolina — A two-year team effort has resulted in one of the hardest and best multipitch free routes in the Southeast:…

Major New Free Climb in North Carolina — A two-year team effort has resulted in one of the hardest and best multipitch free routes in the Southeast: The Glass I (5.13a or b, four or five pitches) on the north side of Looking Glass Rock in western North Carolina. The route has three pitches of 5.12 and 5.13 and requires a broad range of crack and face climbing skills.

Belgians Create Bold El Cap Free Route — Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva have completed a new free route on the far right side of El Capitan.…

Belgians Create Bold El Cap Free Route — Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva have completed a new free route on the far right side of El Capitan. The Secret Passage (5.13c R, 15 pitches) combines two existing routes to the right of the popular Zodiac, plus some new ground; it generally follows the first 10 pitches of Eagle’s Way (5.8 A3) and the last few pitches of Bad to the Bone (5.9+ A4).

Triple Crown Bouldering Series - The Stone Fort - 2008	Photos by Brian Burnham and Leon Godwin / cirquevideo.com - The third and pinnacle event of…

Triple Crown Bouldering Series – The Stone Fort – 2008 Photos by Brian Burnham and Leon Godwin / cirquevideo.com – The third and pinnacle event of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series concluded on December 5-6, on the world class sandstone boulders of The Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) near Chattanooga, TN. Jimmy Webb secured the overall Men’s Open series win this year with victories at both HP40 and The Stone Fort. In the Women’s Open class the field was closely matched this year, but in the end, it was none other than the Queen of The Triple Crown — Miss Kate McGinnis — who claimed yet another victory. READ MORE. For more info visit: seclimbers.org, carolinaclimbers.org and triplecrownbouldering.com

TECH TIP: Alpine - 7 tips to head off an alpine epic at the passTake bad luck, mix it with a few errors, throw in rough conditions, and — Voila! —…

TECH TIP: Alpine – 7 tips to head off an alpine epic at the passTake bad luck, mix it with a few errors, throw in rough conditions, and — Voila! — you have the muck from which grows many a world-class disaster. Use these seven basic steps help stay out of trouble on long alpine routes.

Upload your photos to Climbing's PHOTOPOST - Shown here is a collection of photos by Vladimir Donkov of sport climbing in Tiulenovo, Bulgaria and DWS…

Upload your photos to Climbing’s PHOTOPOST – Shown here is a collection of photos by Vladimir Donkov of sport climbing in Tiulenovo, Bulgaria and DWS in Vratca, Bulgaria plus a few stuning scenics in Italy’s Dolmites. If you’re not checking out all the action in PhotoPost — you’re missing out! Create your own galleries, comment, rate, and view thousands of photos in a variety of categories: BOULDERING, CLIMBING EVENTS, TRAD, SPORT, THE CLIMBER LIFESTYLE, ALPINE ICE AND MIXED, INDOOR AND COMPETITION, and CLASSIC CLIMBS

Climbing.com Reader Blogs — From East to West Sown here are a few photos from Bruce Willey's second blog: A Red River Gorge Thanksgiving Pilgrimage…

Climbing.com Reader Blogs — From East to West Sown here are a few photos from Bruce Willey’s second blog: A Red River Gorge Thanksgiving Pilgrimage from Kentucky and Misty Murphy second blog: Switching seasons ain’t easy from the Saint George/Arizona Strip region.

The Limestone of Yangshuo, China Text and photos by Gerhard Schaar - With about 20 different crags, and about 400 routes, all no further away than a…

The Limestone of Yangshuo, China Text and photos by Gerhard Schaar – With about 20 different crags, and about 400 routes, all no further away than a 30 minute mini-bus drive, Yangshuo is the biggest climbing area in China. The rock is limestone, and there are as many as 70,000 Karst towers scattered throughout a region with a size of only 70 square miles. This is one of China’s most picturesque places, which makes the city of Yangshuo a top tourist spot.

Yangshuo Climbing Festival - Photo Gallery - Photos by Wong Ho Fai - On October 31st - November 2nd in Southeast China's Guangxi Province over 350…

Yangshuo Climbing Festival – Photo Gallery – Photos by Wong Ho Fai – On October 31st – November 2nd in Southeast China’s Guangxi Province over 350 climbers from 15 countries gathered for the First Annual Yangshuo Climbing Festival presented by The North Face and Black Diamond. Yangshuo’s endless chain of limestone karst towers spread amongst the surrounding rivers and farmland provided a surreal backdrop to the weekend’s events. For more info visit: ysclimbfest.com.cn and actionasia.com

The Bugaboo Experience - Photo Gallery — Photos by Jeff Zimmerman / JeffZimmermanPhotography.com - Deep in the Purcell mountain range of British…

The Bugaboo Experience – Photo Gallery — Photos by Jeff Zimmerman / JeffZimmermanPhotography.com – 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.

Climbing.com Covershows – 2008

A collection of covershots from many great photographers and adventurers that graced the homepage in 2008. Images from Photopost, Hot Flashes, Photo Galleries, Events, Extended Features … I would like to thank all of our dedicated contributors and uploaders for making Climbing.com what it is today. —Luke Laeser — Climbing.com Online Editor