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Defined by the Line

Josh Ewing began visiting the Bears Ears region of southeastern Utah to climb at Indian Creek and explore the local archaeology. But when he moved to the town of Bluff, he saw degradation from oil drilling, looting, and careless visitors. Ewing knew simply loving a place was no longer enough.

The Fight to Protect Bears Ears: Draw Your Line

If you’re a climber, chances are you’ve dreamt of climbing here or, better yet, you actually have. It’s a region that includes some of the most perfect (and the most crumbly) climbing on earth: Valley of the Gods, Texas Tower, Jacob’s Chair, Cedar Mesa, the Abajo Mountains and, dear to climbers, Indian Creek. But we weren’t the first climbers on this remarkable landscape. Ancient people climbed precarious routes and built dwellings high in the cliffs.
As the threats of oil drilling, looting, and massive increases in visitors mount, local climbers, conservationists and Native American communities are joining forces to protect the area that they call Bears Ears. You can help preserve access and honor ancient climbers with your action. Stand with us. Protect Bears Ears - Up to 2 million acres of incomparable desert landscape in southeastern Utah need protection.
Tommy Caldwell, Yosemite National Park. JEFF JOHNSON
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FORCE The story of Mikey Schaefer

An iconic skyline. A climber’s dream.

Warning: Contains expletives

Tommy Caldwell, Yosemite National Park. JEFF JOHNSON
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Tommy Caldwell, Yosemite National Park. JEFF JOHNSON

The Dawn Wall

On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite's El Capitan. Watch Tommy climb pitch 15, rated 5.14d (exclusive first footage released by the film crew on the wall).

Seven Years in the Making

During the past seven years, Tommy Caldwell became familiar with a landscape known as the Dawn Wall. It’s the steepest, smoothest section of El Capitan, a place where he embraced 3,000 feet of seemingly
impossible granite, came to know its nuances, discovered its passages. Along the way, he forged body, mind and technique to rise to the level of the wall. On January 14, 2015, the odyssey was over.
The line of lines. The Dawn Wall route. NATE PTACEK
Patagonia Climbing Ambassador Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell

"I felt the intensity of the entire project peaking inside me – and the power of my community pushing me on. Without that support, I would have abandoned this long ago."

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Lynn Hill is neither on Pudgy Gumbies. Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. ANDREW BURR

This is a Test

A cragging pack has one job: to haul your stuff to wherever you’re most stoked to climb next. Patagonia’s new Cragsmith Pack has been stuffed, scraped and dragged day after gritty day. It’s a tireless gear-schlepper; made from burly materials with recycled content, developed, tested and proven in the only lab we’ve ever really known.

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A shoo-in for the most impressive trip to Bishop in recent history. Alex Megos puts another one in the bag and moves on. California. KEN ETZEL
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This fall, Sender Films and Big UP Productions will present a documentary of the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse, combining footage shot by the first ascensionists Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, plus 3-D graphics and aerial footage tracking the team’s progress across the seven major summits. ROLANDO GARIBOTTI, Notation: TOMMY CALDWELL
Anne Gilbert Chase finds The Thrill is Gone. Hyalite Canyon, Montana
Anne Gilbert Chase finds The Thrill is Gone. Hyalite Canyon, Montana. JASON THOMPSON

Put It On, Leave It On.

Kate Rutherford pockets an obscure limestone ascent in the remote Big Horn Mountains. Wyoming. MIKEY SCHAEFER
Patrick Kingsbury jumps into his offwidth project feet first. Indian Creek, Utah. FREDRIK MARMSATER
Patrick Kingsbury jumps into his offwidth project feet first. Indian Creek, Utah. FREDRIK MARMSATER