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Posted December 19, 2007

"In the Cracks there were Bats and Spiders of Giant Sizes"

Until today, I thought the Russians, exemplified by Odintsov's "Russian Big Walls Project", were completely unstoppable. Even though Rocky did eventually beat Ivan Drago in the fourth installment of that regrettable series of films, I think we all sort of knew that in reality, the giant Russian would have kicked Stallone's ass. So, why did my belief in the unstoppable Russians end today? Let's read a few sentences from a recent trip report posted on

Posted December 18, 2007

New Utah Ice Climbing Resource

I would like to announce the launch of, a new resource that will aggregate ice conditions across Utah...

Posted December 14, 2007

Jedi Repeat Zion MacNamara Route

Present day. Angelino Wall, Zion National Park. This is our second present day, which is my bad, because that's pretty confusing. This is actually a present-er day than the first one, but I called that present day and I can't call this "three days in the future" because then how confused is everybody gonna be?

Posted December 14, 2007

Snapshots of a Scottish Winter

The Scottish West coast has been getting its usual flurries of early season mixed climbing conditions. I thought I would pop a post on here as I have some good pics that might get folks sharpening their picks!

Posted December 13, 2007

New Climbing Management Plan for Great Falls, VA

The National Park Service has released its Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Great Falls (VA) Park. The document is the culmination of a process that started in 2003, and contains specific rules for climbing at Great Falls. The document is available at

Posted December 10, 2007

Keep Working at What You Love

Just saw the notice about the fire. My stomach turns at the thought of all those back issues burning. I had just saved enough to buy that set of the first 10 issues, but my inconvenience pales in comparison to your very real material loss and the shock of seeing so much work go up in smoke. It also reminds me that the most important thing is to keep working at what you love and make your own adventures; no back issue or water bottle makes up for inhaling ice-crystals and grit at 3 am, wanting to puke while placing gear, or simply topping out with a good friend and splitting the last gulp of water.

Posted December 4, 2007


"Squamish climber Matt Maddaloni rigged a 30-foot-diameter trapeze net, fashioned from fishing net and industrial-strength bungy cord, to protect his attempts to free-solo a 5.13a route."

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