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John Long: Channel Surfing
As far back as I could remember I’d wondered which of mankind’s faiths and illusions I could choose as my sustaining light, and I’d chosen the greatest existential pathology of them all: that if I worked hard enough, and smartly enough, my greatest challenges would someday flow effortlessly under my hands like glassy Malibu swells.
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.
Ueli Steck
When Ueli Steck free-soloed the 750-foot Excalibur Pillar (5.10d) near the Susten Pass in Switzerland, his real problems began at the end. He arrived ...
Altered State
A tricky crux, a surprise pop, a very fast 15-foot descent. I was delighted to find myself dangling from my beloved little blue Metolius. But when doing a quick body inventory, I noted that my left foot was attempting an inward 180. Suddenly, explosively, it hurt like hell. My partner Peter quickly lowered me, winced, and suggested we call an ambulance.
Testing the new Crop of Tiny Cams
Little WondersTesting the new Crop of Tiny CamsThere's something sinister about minuscule active gear. Those perfectly machined little screws and bolt...

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