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A Little Bit of Gunks: Some Bouldering Classics
A Little Bit of Gunks: Some Bouldering Classics

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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.
High Exposure: A Fresh Perspective on the Gunks
In the last few years, talented climbers such as Andy Salo and Brian Kim have brought a fresh perspective to the Gunks and are establishing amazing new routes in the most unexpected places.
Ammon McKneely
Nobody dominates El Cap's hard, scary lines like Ammon McNeely. He has close to 30 speed ascents on El Cap and the big walls of Zion National Park, Utah, many of them in-a-day records that won't be beaten for a long time.
Charlie Fowler American Alpinist
That Charlie Fowler would meet his end while doing what he loved is no huge surprise given the sheer volume of his climbing. At age 52, he'd racked up three and a half decades of it, and had carried his quiet air of a seasoned survivor from hard rock to the high-risk games of alpine climbing and soloing.
Unconscionably Fashionable
WHAT IS CLIMBING'S BIGGEST TABOO? BOLTING CRACKS? CHIPPING HOLDS? STEALING A REDTAGGED ROUTE?No, no and no! Climbing's biggest taboo is admitting th...

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