The Cleanest Line


Korean climber Zooey Ahn powers through the crux of a bouldering problem in a

Long Live the Dirtbag Dungeons

By John Burgman   |   Oct 2, 2013 October 2, 2013

I am a climber, and at the risk of offending the enthusiasts of other outdoor pursuits, I’d argue that climbing is among the dirtiest, in the literal sense. Routes and problems are conceived and sent above cleared patches of dirt, moves grunted out through gritty clouds of chalk dust. Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Home Front

Dirtbag Diaries: Home Front

By The Dirtbag Diaries   |   Aug 9, 2013 August 9, 2013

There’s a story that you may have heard kicked around in the newspapers and nightly news for the last few months. It’s as unsettling as it is tragic. The rate of suicide among active military personnel, reservists, and veterans has increased to nearly 22… Read More

Above: Mikey Schaefer photo of me climbing the penultimate arch pitch.

The Final Frontier

By James Lucas   |   Aug 6, 2013 August 6, 2013

I screamed at the granite wall. The sound bounced off Yosemite’s Fifi Buttress and drowned into the roar of Bridalveil Falls. I lowered to the belay, where Katie stood at a small stance. I was six inches from a free ascent. It felt like six miles. I’d cleaned the… Read More

Above: One of the first 7as we did at Cala Barques, Metrosexual, a classic line of jugs that's not too high above the calm sea. A perfect primer for the steeper, harder routes to come. All photos by Jonathan Thesenga

Deep Water Soloing on Mallorca

By Brittany Griffith   |   Aug 2, 2013 August 2, 2013

My ADD extends beyond the fact that I can’t finish vacuuming a room before checking my email, watering a plant or making fried rice from leftovers. It’s present in my climbing endeavors as well. But I do recognize what it is about, the different disciplines I appreciate most. My… Read More

Above: Our cosy camp below the Incredible Hulk. Photo: Senja Palonen

Scramblin’ Around the Sierras with Spoodle and Beater

By Jasmin Caton   |   Jul 30, 2013 July 30, 2013

I have known Rich Wheater (AKA the Beater) and Senja Palonen (AKA the Spoodle) since my very first summer of rock climbing in Squamish. We were introduced by a mutual friend one morning at Starbucks (back then everyone hung out there to find a climbing… Read More

Above: Cold conditions during a summit attempt on Cerro Catedral, in Torres Del Paine, Chile. All photos courtesy of Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll

Of Rats and Men

By Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll   |   Jun 19, 2013 June 19, 2013

If you are chained to a wall in a dark dungeon famished rats will slowly nibble at your flesh. You can kick, scream and quiver all you want but the rats will sluggishly keep nipping away until they reach your heart and your body goes lifeless. Then they keep… Read More

The Art of the Resole

The Art of the Resole

By iFixit   |   Jun 6, 2013 June 6, 2013

Mark Sensenbach perches on a stool, back slightly hunched, eyes down, brows narrowed in concentration. His hands, toughened by mountains and work, maneuver the rubber sole of a climbing shoe against a sanding wheel. His movements made smooth by practice, Mark runs the shoe back and forth, rotates and… Read More