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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.
Mountain of Clark
Climb Till Your Forearms Explode and You Fall 80 Feet at the Country's Best (And Hardest) Sport Crag.
John Bachar's Last Interview
In the mid-1970s, John Bachar set out to become a legend. Soloing harder and harder routes, Bachar quickly outpaced the rest of the world only to find himself isolated by his staunch belief in the traditional ethic. Now, at 50, Bachar has come to uneasy terms with sport climbing. Or has he?
An Encounter with Fred
Joe Josephson phoned with an interesting proposal: Fred Beckey had come to town for a reunion of Montana's Dirty Sox Club, a guild of Montana climbers from the 1960s through the 1980s.

If anyone has earned an honorary membership in a group named Dirty Sox it is Washington's Fred Beckey, sovereign of American DirtBag Climbers.
Cascade Designs Neoair
Thirty years ago Cascade Designs revolutionized sleeping outside with their Therm-a-Rest air/foam pads. Now they've done it again with an air mattress. Everyone knows that an air mattress is comfortable, but allows convective heat loss, making them just about worthless in cold temperatures.

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