Climbing, December 2006
Country: United States
Web site: www.climbing.com
Dave Graham’s back in action overseas; John Welsh and Chris Brazeau free Canada’s Mount Alberta; sleeper Nicolas “Nico” Favresse, teamed with Ivo Ninov, does El Cap ground-up FFA, via Lost in Transletion, plus, makes a gear-only ascent of Father’s Day (5.14a) at Donner Summit;
Pounding surf, drenching rains, primordial forests, monster fog, stonker limestone, and V-gradeless boulder problems where the landings shift as much as six feet per day – welcome to Humboldt County, a climbers’ eden in far Northern California.
Photos by Tim Kemple
Getting What You Came For: Adventure Climbing in Corsica
Mediterranean seas, warm sands, and… desperate, runout granite?! One of the Med’s smallest and loveliest islands dishes out adventure in spades, even by American standards.
by Majka Burhardt
Photos by Gabe Rogel
The Women of 5.14b
Some 19 years after 5.14b became an overhanging reality, an elite group of 11 women worldwide has ticked this holy grade. Besides talent, training, and determination, how did these grand dames of sport climbing get there?
by Jamie Lynn Miller
OFF THE WALL
If Gollum and the Yeti had a lovechild, he’d probably be a “moulineer” …; climbers rally to help John Bachar; RMNP: Hot and Not?; Bobbi Bensman, Then and Now;
Sport: No date? No problem. Here’s how to rig a safe solo outing, on toprope.
Training: Protein, protein, and more protein… what does it all mean?
Ultimate Clips: seven of the world’s lightest quickdraws tested tough, plus three workhorse draws.
Just in time for holidays: Petzl’s new E+Lite, the OR Extravert glove, Mammut Ambler jacket, Red Chili Sausalito;
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT…
Eigernordwand, the Swiss monster death wall that’s the most storied alpine face of the planet.