Table of Contents


84 The Echo of the Wind


11 The Sharp End: The Art of the Approach

In praise of cliffs where you can't belay from your car.

15 Letters

A graduate student unpacks more of the myths of mountain tourism. A librarian and a sailor share stories of meeting and missing the late, elusive Charlie Porter. And a reader adds a footnote to a Mountain Profile.

17 On Belay

26 Tool Users: The Jensen Pack

Described by the famous mountaineering writer David Roberts as a man "for whom no expedition was long enough," Don Jensen spent years creating the perfect homemade gear for his epic excursions. Brad Rassler tells the story of the rare "Jensen Pack," a relic of its creator's intense climbing and quiet ingenuity.

29 The Climbing Life

Nick Bullock writes the soundtrack of the mountains. Gwen Cameron celebrates Jeff Lowe's Zion years. John Hessler goes mountaineering with monks. And Luke Mehall narrates the origin of Creeksgiving.

92 Local Hero

95 Full Value

105 Off Belay