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Photo Gallery: 50 Years of Iconic Climbing Covers

Take a glimpse into the past 50 years of Climbing Magazine.

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Gallery: Iconic Covers of Climbing Magazine

1970: No. 1

Gary Ziegler

The North Ridge of White Twin Spire, Garden of the Gods, Colorado. 

1973: No. 20

Trevor Stanley

Rappelling from the Mace near Sedona, Arizona. 

1978: No. 46

John Gill

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

No photographer credited

Layton Kor leading Salathé Wall in 1967. 

1985: No. 92

Paul Piana

Todd Skinner on The Gunfighter (5.13) at Hueco Tanks State Park near El Paso, Texas. 

1986: No. 97

Galen Rowell/Mountain Light

Ron Kauk on the 4th pitch (5.11c) of Astroman, Washington Column, Yosemite. 

1990: No. 120

Phillipe Fragnol

Lynn Hill on Mass Critique (8b+, 5.14a)—the first ascent of a 5.14 by a woman. 

1995: No. 154

Heinz Zak

Alex Huber on the first Headwall pitch, Salathé Wall, El Capitan. 

1997: No. 166

Chuck Gates

Alex Lowe finds “the best ice in the world” on an iceberg in Antarctica.

2006: No. 245

Corey Rich

Tommy Caldwell on the Changing Corners pitch (5.14a) on the Nose.

2008: No. 267

Corey Rich/Aurora Photos

Beth Rodden battles the barndoor on Meltdown (5.14), Yosemite National Park, California. 

2008: No. 271

Boone Speed/Aurora Photos

Chris Sharma on Jumbo Love (5.15b)—North America’s hardest free climb—Clark Mountain, California.

2014: No. 325

Cedar Wright

Alex Honnold on his epic free solo of El Sendero Luminoso (5.12d), El Potrero Chico, Mexico. 

2015: No. 334

Corey Rich/Big UP Productions

Kevin Jorgeson battles the 5.14d crux pitch of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall

2017: No. 353

Greg Mionske

Margo Hayes climbs La Rambla, Siurana, Spain, completing the first 5.15a ascent by a woman. 

2018: No. 361

Andrew Burr

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.