Gallery: Iconic Covers of Climbing Magazine
1970: No. 1
The North Ridge of White Twin Spire, Garden of the Gods, Colorado.
1973: No. 20
Rappelling from the Mace near Sedona, Arizona.
1978: No. 46
John Long at midpoint on the notorious Ripper Traverse near Pueblo, this being one of John Gill’s most vicious “test pieces.”
1983: No. 79
Layton Kor leading Salathé Wall in 1967.
1985: No. 92
Todd Skinner on The Gunfighter (5.13) at Hueco Tanks State Park near El Paso, Texas.
1986: No. 97
Ron Kauk on the 4th pitch (5.11c) of Astroman, Washington Column, Yosemite.
1990: No. 120
Lynn Hill on Mass Critique (8b+, 5.14a)—the first ascent of a 5.14 by a woman.
1995: No. 154
Alex Huber on the first Headwall pitch, Salathé Wall, El Capitan.
1997: No. 166
Alex Lowe finds “the best ice in the world” on an iceberg in Antarctica.
2006: No. 245
Tommy Caldwell on the Changing Corners pitch (5.14a) on the Nose.
2008: No. 267
Beth Rodden battles the barndoor on Meltdown (5.14), Yosemite National Park, California.
2008: No. 271
Chris Sharma on Jumbo Love (5.15b)—North America’s hardest free climb—Clark Mountain, California.
2014: No. 325
Alex Honnold on his epic free solo of El Sendero Luminoso (5.12d), El Potrero Chico, Mexico.
2015: No. 334
Kevin Jorgeson battles the 5.14d crux pitch of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
2017: No. 353
Margo Hayes climbs La Rambla, Siurana, Spain, completing the first 5.15a ascent by a woman.
2018: No. 361
Chris Schulte grapples with the legendary compression highball Air Wolf (V7), Indian Creek, Utah.
This year Climbing Magazine celebrates its 50 year anniversary. In honor of the milestone, we took a look back at some of the magazines most-iconic covers. Bonus: Download a PDF of the full first issue here.