The Definitive Charlie Porter Profile & Interview25-Feb-2014
Charlie Porter was a legendary big-wall climber and adventurer. His exploits spanned the globe, from El Capitan to Baffin Island. Check out this exclusive Rock and Ice profile and interview with Porter, first published in January 1993....25-Feb-2014
Sonnie Trotter's Favorite 5.10: Exasperator (5.10c)20-Feb-2014
I had soloed the first half (5.10a) of this two-pitch route many times, but as the inevitable end of the season approached, I decided I better tick the crux second pitch before the November rains began....20-Feb-2014
Unbroken: The Alex Johnson Profile11-Feb-2014
She was half of the biggest comp rivalry in America, many-time National Champion and winner of two of the first three World Cups she entered. Then a compounding series of events left Alex Johnson so far out of the game she thought she had lost her grip....11-Feb-2014
What I've Learned: John Bachar's Last Interview29-Jan-2014
John Bachar was a premier free-soloist, legendary Sonemaster and climbing visionary. This was his last interview....29-Jan-2014
Bishop Bound: The Boulders and Beyond14-Jan-2014
Bishop, California, hit the prime time in 2000 when articles and videos showcased the stonker blocks. Dirtbag boulderers from all over packed their vans and made the pilgrimage only to find that Bishop climbing in much more than just bouldering....14-Jan-2014
The Eiger the Hard Way: Britain's Boldest Take on the North Face08-Jan-2014
Dave MacLeod and Calum Muskett wanted to climb one of the hardest routes in the Alps, and this led them to Paciencia (5.13b), a route established by Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck that takes a harrowing line up the Eiger's infamous north face. This is their story. ...08-Jan-2014
Royal Robbins on the First Ascent of the North American Wall10-Dec-2013
The first ascent of the route that defined El Cap's most terrifying aspect. ...10-Dec-2013
Perfect Play: What It Took to Climb La Dura Dura (5.15c)--The World's Hardest Route27-Nov-2013
Chris Sharma had nearly given up on his project when Adam Ondra came to town--and started making progress. The story of how the world's hardest climb was born....27-Nov-2013
TNB: The Only Blasphemy16-May-2013
John Bachar laces up his boots and cinches the sling on his chalk bag. “Ready?” Only then do I realize he means to climb all two thousand feet solo, without a rope. To save face, I agree, thinking: Well, if he suggests something too crazy, I’ll just draw the line. I was the first to start soloing out at Josh anyhow....16-May-2013
TNB: Chasing the Devil's Snort16-Apr-2013
Years ago, before the invention of the chocolate-covered espresso bean, I started each morning at a bivy by eating coffee grounds, and at times would carry a stove and espresso maker to the crag, both for enjoyment and as a guarantee. It is not far fetched to say that drinking coffee is as important to your climbing success as dusting your hands with chalk. If I could only have one, I’d choose coffee....16-Apr-2013
Return to Yosemite14-Mar-2013
Paul Schweizer revisited his old haunt of Yosemite Valley as a guest of the American Alpine Club, representing Scotland and the MCofS....14-Mar-2013
TNB: What's the Problem?08-Jan-2013
If you ask climbers what our favorite part of climbing is, we would say solving problems. Well, we might actually say, “slaying the Gnar,” or “sending the chronicles of Gnarnia with advanced kneebar techgnarlogy,” or even just, “taking a dump on a route,” but we all mean the same thing, and that is we enjoy figuring out solutions to vertical challenges....08-Jan-2013
To the Rescue08-Jan-2013
It is a shocking image. Alone on a snowy trail lies the shapeless form of Cleo Weidlich, her body—it appears—on the verge of fatal exhaustion. Hours before, Weidlich had become the first American woman to make the summit of Kangchenjunga—but now her fight to reach basecamp seems almost lost. Her Sherpa guides are nowhere to be seen.
The Midwest Mindset08-Jan-2013
What could ever take the place of skateboarding? A well-landed 180 heelflip down a staircase, a noseblunt slide, a melancholy off a kicker or eating concrete: these esoteric terms could only hatch from a sport that is lived, not played. ...08-Jan-2013
Point Break: Fight Over Fixed Draws08-Jan-2013
Johnny Groppenbocher sped through the first few bolts of Pinch Fest (5.12b) in the Ruckman Cave at Rifle Mountain Park. It was 2006, and I belayed as he entered the big moves on slick crimps. He looked strong, but at the crux he started to redline. Groppenbocher was iron-crossed between two holds with elbows chicken winging when his right foot popped off. ...08-Jan-2013
Soul Rising: In Pursuit of the South's Most Excellent 5.9s19-Dec-2012
I’m not a badass trad climber. Actually, I don’t own a single cam, tri-cam, nut tool or gear sling. My rack consists of 15 quickdraws and, when I’m pumped and cruxing, I grab them.
I fall. I project. I redpoint. I’m a sport climber. ...19-Dec-2012
TNB: The Jungle18-Dec-2012
From my vantage beneath a steep bouldering wall at the Movement climbing gym, called by some “the best crag in Boulder,” I sat hypnotized by the sight of a tight little package, all hot with hair full of body and bounce, pumping an elliptical machine. I enjoyed this nice moment until the guy (jerk) next to her diverted my attention....18-Dec-2012
At 20, I left Northampton with an A6-sized political map of Europe, and hitchhiked onto the ferry, where I paid for chips but filled myself on ketchup. After unloading, I slept for five hours at the edge of a field—my first-ever night alone—then stuck my thumb out at first light....18-Dec-2012
Shoot Like Simon Carter17-Dec-2012
Simon Carter gives eight tips for improving your climbing photography.
TNB: The Hurt Locker13-Dec-2012
Climbers are always “injured,” and we endure these perpetually compromised states with the grace of a World Cup soccer player writhing around on the ground like he was just stabbed in the groin with a fork. Fingers, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, skin, balls and brains—you can be sure that, among climbers, at least one of these things is either sore, torn or simply just not working.
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