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Loving It To Death: Traffic Jams on El CapitanLoving It To Death: Traffic Jams on El Capitan

Editorial CommentaryOn classic big wall climbs across the west, crowded routes and a community-wide increase in speed climbing prowess are causing traffic jams and pileups.

The best routes are crowded for a reason; they are the best. It has always been a problem, but there is at least twice as much traffic as 10 years ago on most routes, and the advent of speed climbing has exacerbated the friction. Read More »

Climbing Turkey Rocks, Post-HaymanClimbing Turkey Rocks, Post-Hayman

Photo EssayThe first good vantage of the scope of the damage was from the slight saddle near Quivering Quill; and even it looked south, where only a few square miles of lightly burned land was visible. Seeing nothing but small swatches of green amongst large tracts of brown and black made us very quiet. We stood and just looked at it for a long time, the scale too large to really comprehend. And still, we were just on the southern edge. The valleys north had burnt for another thirty miles, in the middle of the inferno on its fastest days. Read More »

Member Submissions

Tangerine Trip Sans PortaledgeChris W
Loving It To Death: Traffic Jams on El CapitanSkip Knowles
Mtngeo's Wild RideGeorge Gipson
One More Time - Oz Climbing DispatchesJosh Janes
Time to Face the Musicreno
A Zion Story (complete)Tom Stybr
Adventure Is Where You Find Itreno
rec.climbing's greatest hits, 2003tradkelly
Rock Climbing Lets Women Lord Over Less Adept MalesJennifer Meleana Hee
Leadership Lessons of a Rock ClimberJim Collins

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