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Ueli Steck Climbs North Couloir Direct (VI Al 6+ M8), Les Drus
Ueli Steck Climbs North Couloir Direct (VI Al 6+ M8), Les Drus

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John Long: Channel Surfing
As far back as I could remember I’d wondered which of mankind’s faiths and illusions I could choose as my sustaining light, and I’d chosen the greatest existential pathology of them all: that if I worked hard enough, and smartly enough, my greatest challenges would someday flow effortlessly under my hands like glassy Malibu swells.
Cochamó Madness
2009 season highlighted by the first free ascent of Cerro Capicúa, 4,000-foot 5.12d.
Chris Boskoff
In the sport of high-altitude mountaineering, Chris Boskoff earned her stripes by simply shutting up and climbing.

On December 4, 2006, Boskoff, 39, and Charlie Fowler, 52, failed to return on their flight to the United States from China.
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.
Lowa Ice Comp IP GTX
Sporting an, over the ankle upper, the Lowa Ice Comp, which came out in 2005, is the most boot-like of the fruitboots I have tested. It’s practical, warm enough for winter days in Colorado (that is down to about 20 F) and is the model that Ines Papert rages in, which says enough right there.

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