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Visions from Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk’s near-ascent of Meru Central’s Shark’s Fin; Hueco refl ections; and a Flatirons testpiece for the ages.
Four of our sport’s top practitioners take an unfl inching look at our collective impact on the vertical spaces — and what we need to do now to protect the temple.
By Conrad Anker, Sonnie Trotter, John Sherman, and Steve House • Illustration by Sean McCabe
THE OTHER THAILAND
We all know Tonsai, Thailand’s killer but crowded beachside cragging. But move 450 miles north to Crazy Horse Buttress, outside Chiang Mai, and you’ll fi nd a quiet, singular crag that’s redefi ning the eco-tourism model.
By Marisa Aragón Ware Photos by Josh and Dan Morris
Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a land of still lakes, endless forests, and bullet volcanic crags, with hundreds of slammer cracks and cutting-edge FFAs awaiting those intrepid enough to explore its sylvan hills.
By Brandon Pullan Photos by Mike Landkroon
Brandon Pullan, Mike Landkroon, John Sherman, and Marisa Aragón Ware
Guest Editor Conrad Anker reveals why it’s not easy being green.
Five smokin’-hot new gear offerings for 2010
HOT FLASHES Green 5.14: the new (meets old) frontier in elite climbing?
Dreaded forest creature The Mossman attacks Red River Gorge; unreal Kalymnos sketch-belay; and Will Gadd climbs 25,414 feet of WI4 at the Ouray Ice Festival
OFF THE WALL
Spire bagging on the Navajo Reservation — the real lowdown
The director Chris Malloy, uniting surfing and climbing in his fi lm 180° South
TEN THINGS . . .
Majka Burhardt takes a hard look at the vagabond lifestyle and its global consequences
Why putting up chossy sport routes is climbing’s biggest grey area
How climate change is destabilizing the alpine environment
Coyote Tower (5.10c), Sedona, Arizona: a sublime (and sane) Sedona sandstone spire, with 600 feet of raw adventure
Technique: how to safeguard our precious desert areas
Travel: Emily Harrington’s secrets to jet-setting success
Three “lovely” Valentine’s Day road-trip destinations to get your rock and romance on
180° South, the DVD and coffee-table book; and the Africandome- hunting DVD Waypoint Namibia
Kevin Daniels, Mr. Fixe USA and bolt and anchor supplier for the Anchor Replacement Initiative
Bernd Arnold: teacher, father, Elbsandstein master; Hohnstein, Germany