The Cleanest Line

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Above: David Griffith heads up the final 20-foot roof pitch of Wet Denim Daydream, Leaning Tower, Yosemite California. Photo: Marta
Czajkowska

Throw the Line

By Marta Czajkowska   |   May 30, 2013 May 30, 2013

Any wall climber will see that something is missing in that photo, trail line. The leader trails a small line so they can pull up a haul line to haul the bag. Right where the photo was taken, at the lip of the roof, Dgriff realized that he’d forgotten… Read More

Above: Hayden descends Ogre I after making the third ascent of the mountain with Kyle Dempster. Karakorum Range, Pakistan. Photo: Kyle Dempster

Piolets d’Or 2013

By Hayden Kennedy   |   May 10, 2013 May 10, 2013

“Some declared it the climb of the century. But did anyone repeat GIV to confirm our illusion of it? Besides, does it make sense to declare a poem the poem of the century? Can you choose a woman of the century?” – Voytek Kurtyka writing about the Shining Wall… Read More

Master of Stone: Layton Herman Kor

Master of Stone: Layton Herman Kor

May 8, 2013 May 8, 2013

June 11, 1938–April 21, 2013 By Cameron M. Burns One of the greatest American climbers of the late 1950s and ’60s, Layton Herman Kor, died April 21 after a long battle with kidney problems and cancer. The son of a Dutch mason (Jacob Kor) who came to the U.S. Read More

Above: Frame grab from Making Tommy. Hit the jump to watch the video.

Making Tommy

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 7, 2013 March 7, 2013

Do you ever wonder how the greats became great? Of course there’s no easy answer, no definitive answer, never a formula – they’re human, and human factors interact in infinite ways. Opportunity, natural talent, innate drive, developed drive, mental toughness, perspective, thought processes, influences, dedication, work ethic and who-knows-what-else,… Read More

Dirtbag Diaries: Be Mine

Dirtbag Diaries: Be Mine

By Fitz Cahall   |   Feb 14, 2013 February 14, 2013

Love – it’s life’s great surprise. You can try to pin its origins in brain chemistry and hormones. On the right timing. But those don’t explain why tough guys make slow rock mixes or why a timid person suddenly introduces themselves to the person of their dreams. Why it… Read More

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