Climbing, January 2006
Country: United States
Web site: www.climbing.com
Cho Oyu sees a proud solo ascent and a senseless murder; Michael Reardon free solos the eight-pitch Sea of Tranquility (5.11+) at the Needles, CA; Meru Central’s Shark’s Fin direttissima finally goes … or does it?; Will Gadd becomes a Yamabushi at “the Yam”; Angie Payne escapes the grips of the The Vice (V10) in a day; and much more …
Todd Skinner 1958–2006 — Loss Of a Legend
On October 23, the climbing world suffered a tremendous blow when Todd Skinner, the iconic big-wall free-climbing pioneer, fell to his death on Yosemite’s Leaning Tower. What went wrong that day?
by Matt Samet
The Life And Climbs Of Todd Skinner
Todd Skinner was more than just the sum of his climbs — he was a “friend to all who came as friends,” according to one of his good friends. Here, a longtime partner celebrates Skinner’s legacy, on and off the rock.
by Steve Bechtel
Blurring the distinction between scrambling and rock climbing, Boulder’s gently reclined Flatirons are a moderate multi-pitch paradise where even long runouts don’t seem so bad on the friendly sandstone.
by Bill Wright
Photos by Andrew Burr
How the hell do they do that? Take a visual sprint up El Cap with two of the Valley’s big-wall masters as they speed climb Native Son, a full-bore A4 nailing route.
by Jonathan Thesenga
Photos by John Dickey
OFF THE WALL
Trophy homes with custom climbing walls — is this the next big thing? Plus, a blast from the past, with Jerry Moffatt; obsessed climber bags Colorado’s 741 highest peaks at the tender age of 39; manpris: back in style (Mon dieu!); and why soap trumps dirtbag deodorant
Sport: Outta ammo? Reload those guns by redpoint resting
Mixed: Mixed mastery — leashless-tool tricks for winter warriors
High-value hangs: 11 super-versatile harnesses for all-around use
Gear up for winter with equipment from La Sportiva, CAMP, Black Diamond, Mammut, and MSR
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT…
Bishop, California, the East Side climber’s mecca and new seat of America’s bouldering renaissance
With a little route-finding cunning and plenty of slab savvy, you, too, can take a Walk on the Wild Side (5.7+) up this three-pitch mega-route in Joshua Tree.
by Cedar Wright
Photos by Greg Epperson