Once forbidden, the Diamond has offered two generations of climbers a vertical rock wilderness only a short distance from urban America. Roger Briggs details the history of his 900-foot, high-altitude home crag, while David Rearick, Royal Robbins, John Bachar, Charlie Fowler and Tommy Caldwell recount their days on the greatest little big wall in the lower forty-eight.
In which we present the talent.
Epistles from Bethlehem are just the start of it.
Mark David Wilford
Mark Wilford's first climb, at age eleven, was an alpine free solo that nearly killed him. Indeed: the first one's always free.
The Climbing Life
Observations from the field.
The only obstacles between Fred Beckey and the first ascent of Mt. Sleese's 2,700-foot northeast buttress were miles of dense underbrush, exposed slabs, hanging seracs and the wreckage from a horrific plane crash. Problem? No problem. He's Fred Beckey.
Fresh off the first female ascent of Trango Tower, Slovenia's top female alpinist reflects on ballet lessons, role models and the future of women in the mountains.
At either end of the world lie peaks you've never heard of, vistas you've never seen and lines to stir your imagination. All you need to find them is a high-latitude approach vehicle and 5.14 sailing skills.
In A Push
No one had ever done a free ascent or a single-push ascent on the north face of Mt. Alberta before. Would a new line go, free and in a day? Of course it would. Welcome to the Canadian Rockies, where it's not all 5.9 A2 anymore.
The Walls, The Walls
For someone raised in the rigid confines of Soviet Communism, the mountains represented an escape. When communism collapsed, they became something more: an opportunity to travel, and to live.
The Wall of Hate
When two young guides open a new route in Patagonia, they discover the most dangerous part of alpinism may be thinking about it.
Little Man, Big Mountain
Photographing climbers on some of the planet's biggest objectives convinced this Swiss photographer of one thing: it's a big world out there. A photographic tribute to the vastness, and to our attempts to find a place within.