Climbing, August 2007
Country: United States
Web site: www.climbing.com
What sounds more fun: climbing touchy sandstone towers guarded by angry sea birds off the coast of Scotland? Or sitting out the rain in a Scottish Bothy, so you can make a bid at one of those towers?
Story by Kevin Thaw
Photos by Ian Parnell
The Land of “5.12”
Brown, yellow, blue, and green... these are a few of my favorite things. They’re also the colors of South Dakota’s hidden jewel, Spearfish Canyon, with 160 routes from 5.11d to 5.12c — that’s 23 routes per person on even the busiest weekend.
Story by Dan Dewell
Photos by Andrew Burr
Sky, granite, tundra, and tourists all vie for space in the lower reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park. But things grow quieter up high, along the Continental Divide, where the intrepid find a moderate multi-pitch paradise.
Story by Majka Burhardt
Photos by Topher Donahue
If you haven’t heard of Jim Holloway and the Big Three — his trio of unrepeated, 1970s-era V12-plus boulder problems on Colorado’s Front Range — then you don’t know bouldering history. Climbing puts 12 questions to the man who shaped modern pebble-wrestling.
By Andy Mann
Introduction by John Gill
El Cap bizzlin’, a visit from the Bum Boy, and Krabi tufa-neering.
Six versatile, lightweight bivy bags for serene
Moore’s Wall’s Zoo View leaves you breathless and inspired. Follow Pat Goodman up this juggy-horizontal-surfing adventure climb, in the North Carolina Piedmont.
Alpine: Back to the basics, with Freddie Wilkinson
Alpine: How to pitch the perfect tent for the perfect storm
GEAR YOU NEED
For a stylee jaunt up the Cirque of the Unclimbables’ Lotus Flower Tower.
Mike Call: climbing videographer, MomentumVM.com progenitor, gym owner, boulderer