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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.
Close But No Cigar
In 1981 John Bachar cast off into the uncharted expanse of Mendlicott Dome, a steep 500-foot, knob-spackled granite face in Tuolumne Meadows, California, with nothing but a hand drill and bolts, some slings, hooks and cams. Climbing onsight and belayed by Dave Yerian, he established the litmus test for runout climbing, the Bachar-Yerian (5.11c R).
Kev Shields – High Solace: Demons, Depression and Solo Climbing
Kev Shields solos E7 and hard dry tooling lines. He has only one good hand. And suffers from epilepsy. Here, he discusses his demons and how solo climbing elevated him from the abyss of depression.
Alex and Thomas Huber Climb in Queen Maud Land
Stephon Siegrist and the Huber Brothers-three of Europe's top free climbers-embark on an Antarctic expedition to the spellbinding realm of the Queen Mound Land, and open the coldest chapter of their lives.
Sierra Designs Convert 2
The Sierra Designs Convert 2 is the newest entry in the four-pound high-altitude single-wall wedge-tent derby and is amazingly strong and easy to pitch, with poles that slide from the outside into internal sleeves.

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