Tag Archives: Climbing

Honnold and Allfrey’s El Cap: Seven Routes in Seven Days

They made history when they did it in June, and it may never be done again By Kristin Conard Driving past El Cap meadow in June, we saw a group of ripped, shirtless guys walking towards the river. I recognized one of them. I punched my friend in the arm. “It’s him,” I whispered, “It’s Continue Reading »

Out on a Limb

The joy of climbing trees By Leonie Sherman Climbers hate Santa Cruz. Sure, we love the rolling meadows, the beaches, and the abundant microbreweries, but the gentle climate, organic food and natural beauty can’t quite compensate for the complete and utter lack of climbable rock. Our closest crag, Castle Rock State Park, is a 45 Continue Reading »

Pywiak Dome: Zee Tree

A moderate Tuolumne climb — By Matt Johanson Area: Tuolumne Meadows Difficulty: 5.7 Number of Pitches: Six Parking: Tioga Road and Pywiak Dome Best Season: May through October Overview: Zee Tree has well-bolted 5.7 slab climbing leading to easier pitches above. The upper pitches need gear and the last involves a 5.7 lieback. Skills needed Continue Reading »

Climbing into the Light

Glowacz and Sharma Climb Cave Roof, the Longest Overhanging Route Worldwide Climbing legends Stefan Glowacz (Germany) and Chris Sharma (USA) team up to master a climbing route in the Majlis al Jinn cave in Oman. The route has never been attempted before and counts as the world’s longest roof climb with 13 pitches. Photos: : Klaus Continue Reading »

First Big Wall

A Yosemite climber savors a challenging rite of passage By Matt Johanson My turn to lead on Yosemite’s Washington Column arrived about halfway up the 1,100 foot rock face. The climb’s sixth pitch was a suitable choice because it’s the easiest segment of a route that stretched my modest abilities. After examining the rock features Continue Reading »

The Alpinist Comes Home

A Brief History of Andy Selters By Leonie Sherman – Photos by Andy Selters In 2004, Andy Selters made the leap from guidebook author to mountain literati. Before the publication of Ways to the Sky, Selters was known as the Shasta guy, or maybe the glacial travel guy. Afterwards he became known as the guy Continue Reading »

Sticky Rubber: The Roots and Future of Five Ten

A Conversation with Charles Cole By Seth Lightcap Where would we be as explorers of rock, trail and waterway without Stealth Rubber? Whether paired with a Five Ten shoe design or used as a resole for another brand shoe, the stickiest of all sticky rubbers has been crucial equipment for many of the most groundbreaking Continue Reading »

SLO Op Climbing Renovation Expands Offerings, Supports SLO Area Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SLO Op Climbing Renovation Expands Offerings, Supports SLO Area Veterans   San Luis Obispo, CA, July 30, 2012 – Increasing membership and the moveout of SLO-based Bouldering.com afforded SLO Op, the country’s first non-profit bouldering gym to expand its offerings this month.   With a membership of about 800 and growing, Continue Reading »

Dale Bard: “In The Dead Of Winter”

A selection from the new book, Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from America’s Greatest Playground, compiled by ASJ contributor Matt Johanson. In the mid-70s, renowned “dirtbag” climber Dale Bard decided to take his first backcountry ski trip — a big one, some 250 miles along the Sierra Crest, in mid-winter with friend and wilderness ranger Continue Reading »

Noah Kaufman: “Miracle”

A selection from the new book, Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from America’s Greatest Playground, compiled by ASJ contributor Matt Johanson. In a riveting tale, Noah Kaufman, a visiting med student who would later become an emergency physician in Yosemite, recounts how his first big wall experience, climbing El Capitan’s famous Nose route, plays out Continue Reading »

John Bachar’s last interview?

“On the one hand, there’s this incredible danger. If you fall, you’re dead after you’re 50 feet off the ground. But on the other hand, you’re completely safe … “The other benefit is that you can do tons of climbing. There’s no stopping for belaying. You don’t have to stop to place protection. You don’t Continue Reading »

Twisters Sports Center

At Twisters, we’re here to help every child develop into a healthy and community-minded individual through sports and other activities. We believe that this can be achieved  by creating an atmosphere that promotes these building blocks for success: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness,caring and citizenship. If we’re able to create this atmosphere, then we’ll help every Continue Reading »

Mission Cliffs Rock Climbing Gym

Mission Cliffs: Touchstone Climbing owns and operates nine unique gyms throughout California, making it the largest indoor climbing company in the world. But our true success comes not from what we do, but why we do it. From owners to belay staff, route setters to cyclists, we believe in creating a place where we can Continue Reading »