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The Stonemasters Climb at Pirates Cove
John Long relives the adventures of the Stonemasters when they first began rock climbing at Pirates Cove at Newport Beach, California.
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.
An Advanced Beginner
Sam Elias has lit up the probable third ascent of Red Bull (M11), Vail, Colorado, after only mixed climbing for roughly one season, and only climbing three years total.
TNB: Chris Sharma and The Art of Jeep Maintenance
The scorched desert expanse surrounding Las Vegas smears together into one terrible brown color as Chris Sharma, Dalia Ojeda, Miguel and I whiz along at 90 miles per hour in an old Jeep Grand Cherokee. The American West, this celebrated frontier, as tame as it has become with commercialism and super highways, is still the last good place I know of for real adventure.
Metolius Vortex Rope Bag Review
★★★★½ At the time 18 years ago we were ahead of the curve, getting one of the first Metolius rope bags. Our then magazine intern, the French climber Baptiste Briand, had never seen one, and with wide eyes asked if he could qualify for a pro purchase.
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