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Tsunami 5.12c (7b)
Tsunami 5.12c (7b)

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John Long: Guilty Pleasures
Lynn Hill and I spent the winter of 1981 in Las Vegas, climbing daily at Red Rocks and plowing through nights at dead-end jobs. After roughly 10 seasons of climbing 300 days a year, my learning curve had flattened and I found myself singing the same old song.
Flying Buttress (5.10)
Open wide: Big wall Pete Takeda dishes out his favorite 5.10 from Vedauwoo, Wyoming.
Close But No Cigar
In 1981 John Bachar cast off into the uncharted expanse of Mendlicott Dome, a steep 500-foot, knob-spackled granite face in Tuolumne Meadows, California, with nothing but a hand drill and bolts, some slings, hooks and cams. Climbing onsight and belayed by Dave Yerian, he established the litmus test for runout climbing, the Bachar-Yerian (5.11c R).
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 Boostic
The Scarpa Boostic is a contender for my new favorite high-performance shoe. Supportive but sensitive, with a near perfect suction-cup fit, the Boostic is my go-to slipper for hard routes and boulder problems.

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