To the Rescue08-Jan-2013
It is a shocking image. Alone on a snowy trail lies the shapeless form of Cleo Weidlich, her body—it appears—on the verge of fatal exhaustion. Hours before, Weidlich had become the first American woman to make the summit of Kangchenjunga—but now her fight to reach basecamp seems almost lost. Her Sherpa guides are nowhere to be seen.
The Midwest Mindset08-Jan-2013
What could ever take the place of skateboarding? A well-landed 180 heelflip down a staircase, a noseblunt slide, a melancholy off a kicker or eating concrete: these esoteric terms could only hatch from a sport that is lived, not played. ...08-Jan-2013
Point Break: Fight Over Fixed Draws08-Jan-2013
Johnny Groppenbocher sped through the first few bolts of Pinch Fest (5.12b) in the Ruckman Cave at Rifle Mountain Park. It was 2006, and I belayed as he entered the big moves on slick crimps. He looked strong, but at the crux he started to redline. Groppenbocher was iron-crossed between two holds with elbows chicken winging when his right foot popped off. ...08-Jan-2013
Island of Opportunity: Exploring the Potential of Puerto Rico08-Jan-2013
Jorge Colon took numerous wrong turns but eventually we arrived at the largest slaughterhouse on the island of Puerto Rico. Jorge, a local climber and a dog lover who runs a kennel, had come here so he could purchase an industrial-sized bone cutter and a large bag of bovine tripe to be used for dog food. ...08-Jan-2013
Storming Castles: New Routing in the High Sierras19-Dec-2012
My home in Colorado is day-tripping distance from the Diamond, but every summer for the last few years I have forsaken the Rockies to answer the siren call of California’s High Sierra. ...19-Dec-2012
Soul Rising: In Pursuit of the South's Most Excellent 5.9s19-Dec-2012
I’m not a badass trad climber. Actually, I don’t own a single cam, tri-cam, nut tool or gear sling. My rack consists of 15 quickdraws and, when I’m pumped and cruxing, I grab them.
I fall. I project. I redpoint. I’m a sport climber. ...19-Dec-2012
Pure Magic: Spellbound By the Boulders of Switzerland19-Dec-2012
The mossy green forest of Magic Woods radiates upward out of the steep valley until it meets the sharp, snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps. The contrast is sublime....19-Dec-2012
The best bet I ever lost was with Andy Burr over which of us was crazy enough to jump off the 50-plus-foot Henningsvaser, Norway, bridge. At home I jump into the Colorado River after nearly every climbing trip, and at my first look at the bridge, I said, “I’ve run bigger waterfalls than this in my kayak. I’m jumping in.” ...19-Dec-2012
Where Worlds Collide18-Dec-2012
After years of stagnation, Ice and Mixed climbing take an evolutionary leap forward on Helmcken Falls....18-Dec-2012
TNB: The Jungle18-Dec-2012
From my vantage beneath a steep bouldering wall at the Movement climbing gym, called by some “the best crag in Boulder,” I sat hypnotized by the sight of a tight little package, all hot with hair full of body and bounce, pumping an elliptical machine. I enjoyed this nice moment until the guy (jerk) next to her diverted my attention....18-Dec-2012
I was gambling: two kings face down in front of me, and a third in the middle of the table, along with two spades and half my chips. I shoved my remaining $150 into the middle. Of course my opponent called and turned over two more spades. Climbing photographers aren’t the highest-paid people in the world, so a $540 pot was plenty to fire my adrenal glands into hyperdrive. ...18-Dec-2012
At 20, I left Northampton with an A6-sized political map of Europe, and hitchhiked onto the ferry, where I paid for chips but filled myself on ketchup. After unloading, I slept for five hours at the edge of a field—my first-ever night alone—then stuck my thumb out at first light....18-Dec-2012
Shoot Like Simon Carter17-Dec-2012
Simon Carter gives eight tips for improving your climbing photography.
Kurt Albert: Free Wheel17-Dec-2012
Kurt Albert defined free climbing and took it to the remote mountains of the world. Behind the stories of wild adventures and great deeds, there was something exemplary in the life cut short....17-Dec-2012
Place of Happiness15-Dec-2012
Stefan Glowacz and friends make a first ascent on South America's largest rock monolith, ground up and all out....15-Dec-2012
High Exposure: A Fresh Perspective on the Gunks15-Dec-2012
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....15-Dec-2012
California's Big House15-Dec-2012
Sport fanatics are (finally) on the loose at Jailhouse Rock....15-Dec-2012
TNB: The Hurt Locker13-Dec-2012
Climbers are always “injured,” and we endure these perpetually compromised states with the grace of a World Cup soccer player writhing around on the ground like he was just stabbed in the groin with a fork. Fingers, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, skin, balls and brains—you can be sure that, among climbers, at least one of these things is either sore, torn or simply just not working.
TNB: Eating People and the Real Seventh Summit23-Jul-2012
“Hi Jeff, you don’t know me but my name is Wade Fairley. I’m an adventure photographer and I’ve secured some funding to climb a peak in Irian Jaya. Just to give you an idea, we want to climb a 2,000-foot limestone wall on Ngga Pulu, a sub-summit of Carstenz Pyramid."...23-Jul-2012
Wild Wild West Virginia27-Feb-2012
On a late afternoon in November 1974, Hunt Prothro stared up at the sunbaked overhanging West Face of the North Peak, Seneca Rocks. Above him a proud, unclimbed line connected cracks, corner systems and a blank face....27-Feb-2012
Climb Safe: Daisy Chain Dangers
To help make more climbers safer climbers, Rock and Ice has teamed up with Black Diamond Equipment to present the Climb Safe series. These articles aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. Here, Kolin Powick, Black Diamond’s Director of Quality, looks at the dangers of daisy chains.