When Royal Robbins did the first free ascent of Open Book in 1952, it was one of the hardest routes in the country and became the first climb given the grade of 5.9 on the Yosemite Decimal System.
In the pantheon of hard Joshua Tree rock climbs controversy, big egos and slander go hand in hand.
Long before Hugh Herr was even born, there was another adaptive climbing pioneer named Jim Gorin, who was at the cutting edge of rock climbing with just one leg.
Mason Earle takes down a blank-looking J-Tree project with some dihedral wizardry.
The New Deal, established by Scott Cosgrove, follows barely-there holds up what is essentially an overhanging slab. No wonder it took so long to be repeated...
Our favorite title he shares? 15 Climbs in Sedona That Don't Suck ?