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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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John Long: It Started with a Pile of Stones
Chasing ghosts on Hawaiian sea cliffs.
Superwuss (5.10), Black Canyon
“If I ever did a first ascent,” my friend Brandi said, “I would call it Super Wuss.” After belaying Brandi for nearly an hour as she hung, battled and grunted up the red 5.6 at the Boulder Rock Club, I could see that she was probably not destined for new routing. But the name made me laugh, and I thought it deserved a home on a future first ascent.
Charles Houston, 96
One of the great privileges of my life was hearing Dr. Charles Houston recount the greatest mountaineering story ever told.

In 1953 he and seven companions, Art Gilkey, Bob Craig, George Bell, Dee Molenaar, Tony Streather, Bob Bates and Pete Schoening, set off up the then unclimbed peak K2 (28,253).
TNB: American Dirtbag
Where are all the dirtbags? I'm not talking about these imposter dirtbags, the new-age lurkers taking up all the parking spots at Camp 4, Indian Creek and Miguel's Pizza with their pimped-out, Direct TV-receiving Sprinter vans that look like college dorm rooms on 26s.
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
Light is symbolic of everything good in our world, not to mention that it's useful. We pragmatic, weight-conscious, nit picky, gear-snobby climbers now have two new pocket lights to help us get through the darkest moments of our pointless existences: the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern. and the Coleman Exponent Lithium Pack-Away Lantern.

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