Alpinist 22, Winter 2007-2008
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Mountain Profile: Ben Nevis
Long approaches, short climbs, rain, spindrift, runouts: maybe the cows aren't the only things mad in Britain. Simon Richardson delves into a century of delightful insanity on the Ben, while Robin Shaw, Ken Crocket, Chris Cartwright, Victor Saunders and Ian Parnell explicate the perverse pleasure of full conditions on Scotland's highest peak.
by Simon Richardson
Batso at Rest
Warren Harding enjoys his final climb.
by Dick Dorworth
Ines Papert had always dreamed of the perfect ice climb--until a trip to Iceland with Audrey Gariepy taught her she'd have to create it herself.
by Ines Papert
Gods of the Elements
Venezuela's tepuis offer a strange cocktail of vertical rainforest, bullet-proof sandstone, lethal reptiles and some of the trickiest approaches around: is this the sort of climbing only a local could love?
by Ivan Calderon
Life on Top
Summits can be elusive enough; for some of us, the reasons we're drawn to them may seem even more mysterious. Only one thing's for certain: we can't stay on top forever.
by Alan Kearney
Lightning Strikes Last
What do you do when your passion for climbing keeps getting you hurt? Stephan Siegrist simply persevered until seven years of bad fortune led to unexpected good luck.
by Stephan Siegrist
by Christian Beckwith
How The Full Potential got its name.
by Barry Blanchard
Bradford Washburn's first real camera.
Squamish's Freeway is as clean as a white T-shirt in a Tide commercial and boasts a dozen pitches of first- and second-knuckle-swallowing joy. For this Canadian climber, it is, hands down, the best route in the world.
by Sonnie Trotter
The great Fritz Wiessner himself told Jim McCarthy not to do it. So what did the young climber do? What any budding vulgarian would: he ignored the advice, climbed Wiessner's Crack--and then put up his own route on the untouched west face of Devils Tower.
by Alex McAfee and Jim McCarthy
A fractured femur, a dislocated hip, a head injury, eight days of constant avalanches, getting dragged out of the Ruth Gorge in a sleeping bag: it's enough to give anyone pause.
by Jim Sweeney
A journey into the heart of Alpine winter.
by Nick Bullock
Rolando Garibotti celebrates one of America's great unsung heroes: Bruce Miller.
With photographs by Ted Wood.
by Rolando Garibotti