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John Long: Legend of Lord Gym
Sammy and I hunkered into the shade beneath the Weeping Wall, Suicide Rock, panting between pulls on a gallon jug of water. The sun had just crawled over Tahquitz Rock, a mile across the Sunshine Valley, and heat waves welled off the Suicide slabs. No big.
Devil's Advocate
In a place defined by vertical geometry, I am the lone exception.

As a climber of decades, I am no stranger to seemingly insane positions and situations, the kinds of things that predictably and, I admit, satisfyingly cause sightseers to unhinge their jaws.
Reinhold Messner: What I've Learned
Reinhold Messner was the first to climb Everest without oxygen. He has established upwards of 500 rock routes, made extreme desert crossings, polar expeditions and has written over 50 books. This is his ecstatic wisdom of a life spent on the edge.
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.
Big Agnes Zirkel Sleeping Bag Review
Field test results for the Big Agnes Zirkel sleeping bag.

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