Climbing, December 2007
Country: United States
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Serenity now: green sandstone and SoDak crystals, a verglas-thin slice of Little Cottonwood ice, and streaking up a brilliant 5.12 FA in wildest California.
We’ve all heard of Rhapsody, the world’s first E11 — a trad 5.14c R/X in Scotland, done last year. But few delved into the obsessed mind of its author, Dave MacLeod . . . until now.
By Dougald MacDonald
Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death
Is there such a thing as roadside, alpine multi-pitch? John Connor and Andrew Burr visit the northern Cascades — Washington Pass — to find out.
By John Connor
Photos by Andrew Burr
It’s time to go big on Yosemite’s small rocks, for some sweet, new-school bouldering up the Big Ditch’s wildest and proudest blocs yet.
By Matt Wilder
Photos by John Dickey
Sixty-nine years ago, four determined Austrians pioneered the Eigernordwand, the mile-high Swiss Wall of Death. This year, the indefatigable Jonny Copp and partner Steve Su made the pilgrimage . . . and Copp brought a pen and his camera.
Story and photos by Jonny Copp
Comic Relief (III 5.10b), Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado — “adventure cragging” on a thousand-foot granite wall
Aid: Here comes the topstepper, ready for big-wall efficiency!
Training: Cheater’s banquet — how to climb at the rock gym . . . without pulling down
Devils Tower (guidebook) extreme; National Geographic takes you on a 3D geek-out; and a collection of essays that matter, from Pat Ament
Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou: World Cup champion, world champion mom, climber, teacher