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When We Were Knights
When We Were Knights

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John Long: Legend of Lord Gym
Sammy and I hunkered into the shade beneath the Weeping Wall, Suicide Rock, panting between pulls on a gallon jug of water. The sun had just crawled over Tahquitz Rock, a mile across the Sunshine Valley, and heat waves welled off the Suicide slabs. No big.
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.
Climbers We Lost in 2013
In Memoriam—Tito Traversa, Layton Kor, Billy Beckwith, Randy Udall, Steve Gladbach, Steve Johnson, Alexey Bolotov, Yang Chunfeng, Marty Schmidt, Denali Schmidt, Kevin Volkening, John Ewbank, and Jarad Spackman—2013.
Altered State
A tricky crux, a surprise pop, a very fast 15-foot descent. I was delighted to find myself dangling from my beloved little blue Metolius. But when doing a quick body inventory, I noted that my left foot was attempting an inward 180. Suddenly, explosively, it hurt like hell. My partner Peter quickly lowered me, winced, and suggested we call an ambulance.
Black Diamond Nforce Ascender
Black Diamond's new NForce ascender utilizes a unique four-bar linkage system that allows the handle to track up and down. This action pivots the cam and generates more clamping force when you weight the ascender. The result is a tool that grips icy and muddy ropes better than conventional jugs.

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