Climbing, February 2006
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Sharma’s FA gets stripped, toddler’s FA approved.
Cerro Torre’s Maestri mystery put to rest,
Davis frees the Salathé,
Berthod pulls off another Indian Creek testpiece,
Colorado codger sends 5.14a,
Schneider comes clean,
Africa – The Last Frontier
Long a haunt of a dedicated few, African climbing remains a mystery to most of the world. Join us on a tour of the Dark Continent, from its lowland crags to its skyline-piercing volcanoes.
Intro by Lynn Hill
Every climber longs for a multi-pitch-packed destination that’s far enough away to feel exotic, but close enough for easy travel. For North American’s, it’s El Potrero Chico. For Europeans, it’s the amber limestone of Marocco’s Todra Gorge.
by Merrick Schaefer
Photos by Aaron Black
Diamonds Are Forever
Conventional wisdom holds that Mount Kenya’s Diamond Couloir evaporated in the climate-toasting furnace of global warming. One of America’s most storied alpinists sets out to see if the armchair pundits are correct.
by Jim Donini
The idea was simple: Bring Yosemite-style speed tactics to the fabled towers of Mali’s Hand of Fatima. Simple, yes, until you consider the bowel-busting bacteria, lethal serpents, and crazed baths.
by Cedar Wright
Photos by Jimmy Chin
Home sweet home. Jugs, grit, rust, and a lenticular perspective on the rest of the world.
ON THE RADAR
Traveling for business or family doesn’t have to mean dismissing the vert.
Alpine: Hard knowledge about soft knots
Training: Getting hyper for gravity
Wall: Smart knot passing
We wrangle with everything from Monsters to Bastards.
OFF THE WALL
North Carolinians corner to real-estate market,
AAC brings hope to Pakistan quake victims,
Israeli climber takes his fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease to El Cap,
A trio of bios: Gunks guru Hans Kraus, belligerent Brit Don Whillans, and Deborah diarist David Roberts.
A sociological guide to getting stuck.
by Jeffrey McCarthy
Yet another reason not to fall.