Climbing December 2015 - January 2016

Climbing offers the entire climbing world: sport, trad, bouldering, walls, ice, alpine and mountains. In each issue we offer the richest stories on the vertical world you'll ever read, with award-winning photography. Climbing has earned its moniker as the journal of record for climbers worldwide.

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CLIMBER Logan Barber ROUTE The Firewall DIFFICULTY 5.13d LOCATION Liming, China “A pure splitter, steep, long, powerful, technical, and brilliant,” is how Australian Logan Barber describes The Firewall, the third pitch of The Flying Buttress formation and currently one of China’s hardest trad routes. Barber nabbed the first ascent in May 2015, after many of the local climbers had tried and failed: “Among the Liming climbers, the line was always the thing to be done,” Barber wrote on his blog. The route opens with a slightly overhanging offwidth that transitions through fists and into tight hands before the angle kicks back to 30° and the hand jams turn into ringlocks and rattly fingers. The last five meters is the crux, with a ridiculously pumpy boulder problem before clipping the chains, which Barber did on his 22nd attempt over…

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heroes to zeroes

You readers are pretty damn awesome. You are driven, idealistic, and thirsty for more crag time and more knowledge and strength to put to use there. Most of you climb between 5.9 and 5.11. The majority of you have two pairs of rock shoes and live out West. You’re probably in your early 30s. How do we know? Because we asked you (join the fun at Knowing you better helps us deliver better content. Heck, you guys even chose our cover image and the lines that appear on it (nice work, btw—it’s a beaut). Readers are the lifeblood of Climbing magazine, and so in this issue we celebrate you with the publication of our annual Reader Survey on page 65. It’s a fun collection of stats and insights, and we’d…

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10 questions with mike libecki

1 What do you think is your greatest strength as a climber? My main passion for climbing revolves around finding big first ascents in the most remote places. So my greatest strength is finding these places and figuring out the equation to make the expedition possible. Sometimes these expeditions take years to come to fruition. As I get older (42 now), another strength I’ve found is proper training. Sure, climbing both inside and outside are key, but I have found that Pilates, swimming, and powerwalking are just as important. It’s training that makes you strong and focuses on injury prevention. Adding in proper nutrition, I have never felt stronger both mentally and physically. 2 Greatest weakness? My greatest weakness is climbing in really hot and humid environments. Many of my climbs and expeditions…

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unsolicited beta

LETTER OF THE MONTH Good morning. I’d let my subscription lapse over the past few years as I busied myself with work and child rearing, but I recently picked up a copy at the newsstand. A lot, it seems, has changed. Your magazine is now teaching climbers how to—literally—fight gravity. Drop that apple, Newton, and watch it float! On page 37, the opener for the gear section (October 2015), there’s a full-page photo of climbers hanging out. The woman in the middle, in the black tank top, is hovering over the ground, clearly in relaxed repose, and clearly unaffected by the dark forces of gravity. I want in on this! Although the current issue doesn’t touch on the topic, I’ve re-subscribed so I’ll receive the issues that do. Can’t wait! —Peter Herrick, South Portland,…

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Climber cat Millie seconds the West Slabs (5.5) up Mt. Olympus in Utah. @PECHANGA At Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane, Australia. I let Gandalf try his paws at climbing and he loved it immediately—too much. I had to stop him from going higher! @GANDALFTHEWHITECRX Crusher kittens Hank and Dean hang out in Leavenworth, Washington. @CATMEANS Halo loves being outdoors, especially with his cat mama, Rachel Mitchell. As the feline crusher of Cooper’s Rock, this leash-trained cat knows how to spend a fall afternoon in West Virginia. @SUGARAERAY Rigby has climbed in three states at just seven months old. He got his first taste of lowering/rappelling here at Kootenai Canyon in Montana. @MCHELLEFELIX Mugster loves to mountain bike (in the pack) and hike. She jumps in the car on her own and loves to chill at the crag and give the evil…

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isaac caldiero: from climber to ninja warrior

UNTIL RECENTLY, Isaac Caldiero was a name known only among climbers. V14 first ascents. 5.14 free-solos. He notably made the third ascent of the legendary highball Ambrosia (V11) in Bishop, California (after Kevin Jorgeson and Alex Honnold, no less). On September 14, viewers watched him float through a series of punishing obstacles to become the first person to win American Ninja Warrior, launching him into the spotlight, and earning him a million dollars in the process. When we spoke to Isaac a few weeks later, he was climbing in Washington and still living out of a 1978 RV. How did you get involved with American Ninja Warrior? I’d seen the show, and I wanted to try it. I didn’t find out about the submission process until the last day. We grabbed the…