Astrid Castens crimping at the Santee Boulders, San Diego, California. Photo by Martyn Castens.
Emilio Huerta rejoices after an ascent of the Regular Route (5.9) on Higher Cathedral Spire, Yosemite, California. Photo by Chester Boyes.
Tanner Blocker, hitchhiker on the Asteroid Belt Boulder, Joshua Tree. Photo by Marc Blocker.
Kyle Hoover beats the heat with a nighttime run on Duende (V10), Pace Bend Park, in the hill country of Central Texas. Photo by Jacob Bodkin.
Eric Bissell attempts an as-yet undone dyno at the Nosos Boulders, near La Madera, New Mexico. Photo by Owen Summerscales.
Ofer Blutrich on his route Neo (5.13b), in the caves of Nezer, northern Israel. This spectacular grotto has over 30 routes, with a solid showing of 5.10s and 5.11s. Development here began in 2009, and spring boarded Israel from 5.13b, the most difficult grade in the country at the time, to 5.14b, including several opened by Blutrich. Photo by Alon Brookstein.
Larry Shiu and Jonathan Fox on Rainbow Serpent (WI 6), Ghost River Valley, Alberta, Canada. Over 300 feet of steep, sustained ice mark this route, a gem that rarely forms and melts out quickly when it does. Nearby is the even more difficult Fearful Symmetry (WI 6X). Photo by John Price.
Klemen Becan on Halupca (5.14d), Osp, Slovenia. Becan sent this project last year, but only after figuring out the crux approach. Since rain floods the floor of the cave, Becan opted for a kayak and Tyrolean traverse to reach the start of the climb. Halupca is the hardest route in this cave hosting a dozen routes, the easiest 5.13b. Photo Nik Cebulec.
Astrid Castens, The Cave (5.11a), Mount Woodson, San Diego, California. Photo by Martyn Castens.
Jernej Kruder, Riders on the Storm (V13), Magic Wood, Switzerland. Photo by Luka Tambaca.
Deep in the Valley of the Kings, the Arrowhead, a massive detached flake leaning against the main wall, hides the wide beauty of Firewater Chimney (5.10b) and some of the best rock at Joshua Tree. Protected by an odiously long and scrambly approach up Rattlesnake Canyon, this outstanding climb sees few suitors but rewards all those who make the passage. Photo Jeff Rueppel.
Getting in one last burn on an unknown V-easy at Indian Cove, Joshua Tree, California. Indian Cove is an autonomous region to the north of the main park and benefits from over a thousand routes, mostly roadside, no entrance fee and warmer winter temps. Photo by Ally Davidson.
Roney "DuNada" Magri and his main squeeze A Ultima Cartada or "Last Tramp," a 12-pitch 5.11b near Castelo City, Espirito Santo, in Southeast Brazil. Photo by Naoki Arima.
The cosmos, starring Bronson Riseng and Green Wal Center (V5), Buttermilk Boulders, Bishop, California. Photo by Nate Liles.
Haj Khalsa - oh, the irony! - Waiting to Procrastinate (5.10b), Diablo Canyon, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo by Fred Berman.
Anna Knorr on Slap My Fro (5.12b), Winslow Wall, Arizona. Photo by Mark Hofmeister.
Wai Yi Ng attempts the first female ascent from the stand start of Big Baby Buddha (V9) a 2011 problem by Jason Kehl, on the arch at Oaju, Hawaii. Photo by Anthony Wrightsman.