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GII The way up to the summit (part 2)
GII The way up to the summit (part 2)

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TNB: The Only Blasphemy
John Bachar laces up his boots and cinches the sling on his chalk bag. “Ready?” Only then do I realize he means to climb all two thousand feet solo, without a rope. To save face, I agree, thinking: Well, if he suggests something too crazy, I’ll just draw the line. I was the first to start soloing out at Josh anyhow.
EVEREST 2008
Climbers on the world's highest mountain have been particularly challenged this season -- not by altitude, weather or even the stream of guided climbers who clog the camps and flanks of Everest like cholesterol in the artery to the summit. This season the crux could be getting past the cops now posted around the base and at Camp II (21,300 feet) on the Nepal side.
Beth Rodden
I was part of the so-called first generation of kid climbers, which included Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell and Katie Brown, among others. Looking back, that was an exciting time. There weren't that many of us. We were just going for it.
An Encounter with Fred
Joe Josephson phoned with an interesting proposal: Fred Beckey had come to town for a reunion of Montana's Dirty Sox Club, a guild of Montana climbers from the 1960s through the 1980s.

If anyone has earned an honorary membership in a group named Dirty Sox it is Washington's Fred Beckey, sovereign of American DirtBag Climbers.
SCARPA Phantom Guide Insulated Single Boot
Scarpa Phantom Guide mountaineering, ice and alpine boot field tested by the climbing magazine Rock and Ice.

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