Climbing Stories

Ken Etzel
Stone Locals
Stone Locals
Stone Locals

Rediscovering the soul of rock climbing.

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Doing the Work
Doing the Work
Doing the Work
Josh Wharton

Not totally relating to some forms of climate activism, Josh Wharton found his own way to contribute.

5 min Read
Girl Crush
Girl Crush
Girl Crush
Natasha Woodworth

On designing our women’s climbing pants.

4 min Read
The Lure of the Unclimbed
The Lure of the Unclimbed
The Lure of the Unclimbed
Anne Gilbert Chase

Reflecting on risk and partnership in Pakistan.

5 min Read
Freedom of the Hills
Freedom of the Hills
Freedom of the Hills
Matthew Tufts

Recreation in the Alabama Hills is surging at an unsustainable pace. But some people are working to ensure that it doesn’t get loved to death.

17 min Read
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
Whitmore’s Legacy
John Long

Remembering the climber and conservationist.

6 min Read
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif
Colin Haley’s Clothing System for Alpine Climbing in the Chaltén Massif
Colin Haley

6,000 words about dressing for alpine climbing you didn’t know you needed to know.

23 min Read
Sendero Luminoso
Sendero Luminoso
Sendero Luminoso
Josh Wharton

Back to the Wind River Range.

5 min Read
Calculating Risk
Calculating Risk
Calculating Risk
Mikey Schaefer

Reflecting on a lifetime of climbing, and the risks and rewards that come with it.

7 min Read
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie
Rotpunkt: Bibliographie

Alex Megos finds a new limit.

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New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya
New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya
New Routing (and Photogenic Wildlife) in Kenya
Eric Bissell

Eric Bissell captured his first published image with Patagonia on a climbing trip to establish a new route on Mount Ololokwe.

7 min Read
Paths Through the Uncertainty
Paths Through the Uncertainty
Paths Through the Uncertainty
Kitty Calhoun

A climber remembers her first experience with the
unexpected on Thalay Sagar.

4 min Read
Valley Season
Valley Season
Valley Season
Patagonia

Eliza Earle, Austin Siadak, Drew Smith on the 2019 fall climbing season in Yosemite.

2 min Read
Primary Source
Primary Source
Primary Source
Alex Lowther

Alex Megos tells the story of his Bibliographie.

9 min Read
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place
Road Trip to an Unfamiliar Place
Brittany Leavitt

A climber interviews five women on a climbing trip to Bishop and Las Vegas.

23 min Read
Sunnyside Up
Sunnyside Up
Sunnyside Up
Tommy Caldwell

Last November, Fitz Caldwell (age 6) finished his first multipitch climb, Sunnyside Bench in Yosemite National Park. He did it with his dad, Tommy.

3 min Read
First Photo: Mount Whitney
First Photo: Mount Whitney
First Photo: Mount Whitney
Kyle Sparks

A Sierra trip with good light and only one case of altitude sickness.

9 min Read
What Comes Next
What Comes Next
What Comes Next
Rolando Garibotti

Rolando Garibotti looks back at a lifetime spent in Patagonia and forward to the generation following in his footsteps.

4 min Read
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be
Exactly Where You Are Supposed To Be
Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell's first trip to Patagonia

3 min Read
SOLO
SOLO
SOLO
Colin Haley

Colin Haley on the experience of soloing the Supercanaleta

4 min Read
Six Years Seven Summits
Six Years Seven Summits
Six Years Seven Summits
Kate Rutherford

Kate Rutherford Remembers the North Pillar of Fitz Roy

3 min Read
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up
Kate Rutherford

For this climber, good food is activism.

5 min Read
Vince Anderson Q&A
Vince Anderson Q&A
Vince Anderson Q&A
Jesse Selwyn

When Vince Anderson took a break from alpine climbing, his mountaineering attitude manifested itself in a single-speed hardtail, on which he’s won some of the sport’s most grueling races.

13 min Read
The Song Remains The Same
The Song Remains The Same
The Song Remains The Same
Andrew Burr

How a father and son found a way to climb one of Utah's most sought-after ice routes in a bygone era.

3 min Read
Perched On A Wild Border
Perched On A Wild Border
Perched On A Wild Border
Timmy O’Neill

Sometimes when I look at the Fitz Roy Range, I see a silhouetted jawline of mountainous teeth that gnash the sky. Other times, the teeth transform to fingers that don’t crush aspirations but cradle them, like a hand cupping something precious. The distinction really depends on whether I’m looking at the mountains from the relative…

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Rotpunkt
Rotpunkt
Rotpunkt

Through failure and success, Alex Megos strives to be the best climber in the world.

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Finding Granite and New Limits in Madagascar
Finding Granite and New Limits in Madagascar
Finding Granite and New Limits in Madagascar
Robbie Phillips

I wake early to the dazzling heat of the African sun. Perched 400 meters high on a huge granite face in central Madagascar, all I can see is black and blue, the color of the Malagasy granite meeting the sky and, coincidentally, the same color as large areas of my body from the constant abuse…

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Lessons from Yosemite’s First Climbing Guidebook
Lessons from Yosemite’s First Climbing Guidebook
Lessons from Yosemite’s First Climbing Guidebook
Timmy O’Neill

Lessons from Yosemite’s first climbing guidebook “I have this idea,” Mikey texted last October. “Let’s climb all of the suggested routes from the Yosemite red-cover guidebook.” I agreed immediately. The tattered copy of A Climber’s Guide to Yosemite Valley arrived in the mail less than a week later. First published in 1964 by the Sierra Club,…

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How Roy, New Mexico Became a World-Class Bouldering Area
How Roy, New Mexico Became a World-Class Bouldering Area
How Roy, New Mexico Became a World-Class Bouldering Area
Eric Bissell

The patchwork history of public lands that transformed the area around a small New Mexico town into a world-class bouldering area We left the Mills Canyon Rim Campground, where we’d been living for three cold January weeks, just before dawn on our last morning in New Mexico. I pulled over to the north side of…

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A Day at the Yosemite Facelift Cleanup
A Day at the Yosemite Facelift Cleanup
A Day at the Yosemite Facelift Cleanup
Jane Jackson

On an incredibly clear, early autumn morning, the aging Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) van bumped along Tioga Pass Road, taking precariously tight turns at an alarming speed. Twelve of us were crammed in the back, chattering and bracing ourselves against the van’s interior walls. When the road was no longer passable for vehicles, we…

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There Is Only Send or Fail. Just Ask Alex Megos.
There Is Only Send or Fail. Just Ask Alex Megos.
There Is Only Send or Fail. Just Ask Alex Megos.
Alex Lowther

He’s on a mission to be the best climber in the world.

18 min Read
Adventure Over Adversity
Adventure Over Adversity
Adventure Over Adversity
Kitty Calhoun

Paradox Sports Brings Accessibility to Climbing

6 min Read
Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture
Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture
Finding Refuge in Iran’s Climbing Culture
Beth Wald

Fog from the distant Caspian Sea swirled around us as we left the road, crossed a narrow mountain stream on a rickety footbridge of wornwooden planks, passed a pungent corral full of dank, scruffy sheep, and started the steep climb to Alam Kuh base camp in the Alborz mountain range of Iran. Brittany Griffith, Kate…

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Robbie Phillips on Establishing a Maybe-Impossible Route in Cochamó Valley
Robbie Phillips on Establishing a Maybe-Impossible Route in Cochamó Valley
Robbie Phillips on Establishing a Maybe-Impossible Route in Cochamó Valley
Robbie Phillips

On establishing a route in Cochamó Valley that might be too hard—but might not. It often blows me away, the apparent randomness that sets the paths leading us through life. Just over a year ago, a friend of mine met Crispin Waddie while working on an oil rig in the North Sea. A member of…

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The Complicated Gift of Inclement Weather
The Complicated Gift of Inclement Weather
The Complicated Gift of Inclement Weather
Rolando Garibotti

Weather has a way of complicating—and enriching—everything. By the time I top out, it’s snowing and it’s dark. I walk back as far as the rope will let me, and in the flattest spot I can find, I dig a hole and sit, bracing myself. I yell, “Rope-fixed!” repeatedly, but my partners can’t hear me…

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Returning to India’s Mount Nilkantha After a Past Retreat
Returning to India’s Mount Nilkantha After a Past Retreat
Returning to India’s Mount Nilkantha After a Past Retreat
Anne Gilbert Chase

After a failed first attempt, three friends return to India’s Mount Nilkantha to confront—and embrace—the terrible, beautiful duality of a life in the mountains. It was our third day on the southwest face of Mount Nilkantha, what we’d thought would be our summit day, and it was my lead block. I wove through steep rock…

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