Photo Gallery: 8 Epic Climbing Moves, Submitted by Our Readers
When you’re short, you need to adapt— and stretch.
Phil Watts uses straight-shafted ice tools and mono-points to do an ice-stem at the Rock River Ice Caves in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, late 1980s.
Jake Griffiths cuts his feet after climbing out the roof on Bad Moon Rising (5.12a), a rarely repeated and utterly outrageous tradventure in the Blue Mountains, Australia.
Pulling the roof with a double heel-toe cam and a long reach to a pinky lock never gets easy on Overlooked (V4), Pawtuckaway, New Hampshire.
Inching together fingertips to pull through the crux of Captain Aslab (V2), Rumbling Bald, North Carolina.
A good sidepull and a low rope-grab make the clip easier on Je T’aime Moi Non Plus (5.11d) at the Chateau, Orpierre, France.
On this move on The Uninvited Guest (5.12d) at Witches Point in South Wales, I needed to swing out then pull back into the crack.
Ethel Lee heel-hooks above her head and cross-clips to send KGB (5.12a) at the Cannabis Crag, Red Rock, Nevada.
Rose moves, paddle dynos, or thumb matches to mantles can all be found, not only in the gym, but at the crag and in the boulders. Epic moves make climbing a bit more interesting. These eight photos feature our readers getting gnar.