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John Long: Channel Surfing
As far back as I could remember I’d wondered which of mankind’s faiths and illusions I could choose as my sustaining light, and I’d chosen the greatest existential pathology of them all: that if I worked hard enough, and smartly enough, my greatest challenges would someday flow effortlessly under my hands like glassy Malibu swells.
Red Dihedral (IV 5.10b)
Some routes or formations you climb for a physical challenge, and some because they are beautiful, but some things you climb because they explode out of the ground like granite rockets promising to take you to the moon. That’s the initial allure of the Incredible Hulk (11,040 feet) on the east side of the California Sierras.
John Bachar and the Cosmic Surfboard
Someone once told me a story about an old-school surfer, a Hawaiian guy who rode the giant waves on a heavy longboard back in the days before jet skis and spotters, when a bad wipeout could render you unconscious, roll you under the sea and kill you deader than a hammer.
Altered State
A tricky crux, a surprise pop, a very fast 15-foot descent. I was delighted to find myself dangling from my beloved little blue Metolius. But when doing a quick body inventory, I noted that my left foot was attempting an inward 180. Suddenly, explosively, it hurt like hell. My partner Peter quickly lowered me, winced, and suggested we call an ambulance.
AustriAlpin Headshell
It's hard to put a price on your head, but mine is apparently worth $60, or exactly what the new AustriAlpin helmet costs. This winter I used the Headshell for mixed and ice climbing, pursuits that, with their falling blocks and sharp implements, are famously hard on noggins.

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The Van Life with Alex Honnold
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Acheron SDS (V12/13) - Second Ascent
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Mina Leslie-Wujastyk Keeps It Together On Unfamiliar (5.11b) in the UK
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Daniel Woods and Guntram Jörg Climb Classic Boulders in the Silvretta Mountains
Alex Megos Makes a First Ascent and Climbs a Classic in Frankenjura
Alex Megos Makes a First Ascent and Climbs a Classic in Frankenjura
Joe Mills Attempts a New 5.14 Free Route in the Black Canyon
Joe Mills Attempts a New 5.14 Free Route in the Black Canyon
Weekend Whipper: How A Helmet Saves Lives
Weekend Whipper: How A Helmet Saves Lives
Climbing Lesson from Chris Sharma
Climbing Lesson from Chris Sharma
Alex Megos Bouldering in Ticino, Switzerland
Alex Megos Bouldering in Ticino, Switzerland
Weekend Whipper: How to Survive a Free Solo Fall
Weekend Whipper: How to Survive a Free Solo Fall
Rok Klancnik Sending Bügeleisen (V14/15)
Rok Klancnik Sending Bügeleisen (V14/15)
Alex Honnold Climbing A Gift From Wyoming (5.13)
Alex Honnold Climbing A Gift From Wyoming (5.13)

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