The strong Spanish climber Andrea Cartas on White Zombie (8c), Baltzola Cave, Pais Vasco, Spain. Photo by Carlos Perez.
Andy Rutherford, one of the U.K.'s top winter climbers, working a project at The Works, a new gym in England's Lake District. Photo by Andrew Rutherford.
Bradley Young walks the walk on the The West Ridge (5.5) of Pigeon Spire, Bugaboo Provincial Park, B.C. Photo by Santiago Espinosa Davila.
Scott Hall shows his true colors on Speedball (V9), American Fork Canyon, Utah. Photo by Ed Dillon.
Stalactite traverse at the Cova area, Cala Barques in Porto Christo, Mallorca, Spain. Photo by Cliff Torrijos.
Maria Benach, age 8, wins--to the delight of her onlooking parents--her age category at the Open de Psicobloc de Barcelona in Piscines Picornell (summer 2011). Photo by Carlos Perez.
Paul Qui up close on the Faraway Corner (5.11+), Pillars Area, Dawn Town, Liijang Laojunshan National Park, Yunnan Province, China. Photo by Griff.
Guillermo De La Vaga harnesses Human Energy (7B+), Close Plateau, DePakius, Rocklands, South Africa. Photo by Santiago Gray.
Ann Raber gets her chops on Guillotine Direct (5.11a), Mayhem Cove, South Lake Tahoe, California. Photo Lauren Lindley.
Mike Stuart on Twisted Sister book grade of 5.7 R WI 4, but it was mostly ice this year, Canmore, Alberta. Photo by Tim Banfield.
Jesse Ericksen speaks to Seven Spanish Angels (V6), Buttermilks, Bishop, California. Photo by Vaughn Harward.
Andy Hansen and Steep Thrills (5.12a), Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Photo by Matt Kuehl.
Bernd Zeugswetter and Omega Glory (5.13a), Potter's Point, Santa Barbara, California. Photo by Hjordis Rickert.
Hjordis Rickert on the Joshua Tree must-do Rubicon (5.10d). Photo by Bernd Zeugswetter.
Topping out Le Piton Sud, Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, France. Photo by Gary F. Spinner.
Tommy Rigby goes arse over teakettle on Lobstonking Bobstoppers (V7), Ibex, Utah. Photo by Sheralee Webb.
Marcos Costa locks onto DeDong's Crack (5.12a), Dawn Town, Lijiang Laojunshan National Park, Yunnan Province, China. Phto by Griff.
An Independence Day outing near Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, South Dakota. Photo by Robert Peschke.
Chris Ahlgren cleans pitch five on the West Face (C2 5.7) of Leaning Tower, Yosemite. Photo by Will Skinner.
Packed action at the Black Corridor, Red Rock, Nevada. Photo by Aeon Jones.
Jordan Foster cracks the secret to Eggy (V4+), Hampi, India. Photo by Jordan Foster.
Ilan Marcus goes for a spin on that dammed thing Diga di Luzzone (5.10b), a five-pitch route on a dam at Blenio, Switzerland. Photo by Mark McCartan.
Brian Biancardi gets his Super Hands (5.8), Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley. Photo by Thuy Nguyen.
Alana Hunt melds with The Brain (V0), Priest Draw, Arizona. Photo by Joe Cornett.