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John Long: What I've Learned
John Long, original Stonemaster and climbing's most popular writer, spills his guts.
Tahoe Moderates
I was gambling: two kings face down in front of me, and a third in the middle of the table, along with two spades and half my chips. I shoved my remaining $150 into the middle. Of course my opponent called and turned over two more spades. Climbing photographers aren’t the highest-paid people in the world, so a $540 pot was plenty to fire my adrenal glands into hyperdrive.
The Guy Whose Nuts Revolutionized Climbing: R.P.
The initials are iconic. For climbers they conjure up all kinds of memories: tiny brass wires sitting new on your rack, shiny and angular and coated i...
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.
CAMP and Trango Ball Nuts Review
The key to trad climbing is the same thing that's necessary for success in any bold endeavor: balls. I got my balls, or more precisely, Ball Nuts, in 1992, and have used them on almost every gear route since.

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