Climbing Photo Annual 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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Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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a climber’s guide to middle america

To the east, sandstone hollers stretch from Arkansas to Kentucky, eventually morphing into the granite crags of the Northeast. To the west, the Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades each offer lifetimes of climbing. But what about Middle America? A vertical swath cut down our beloved nation is sandwiched between greatness on either side. On the way from nothing, on the way to nowhere. Better known for epic flatness, cornfields, and Fargo—you’re darn tootin’—the Midwest still has plenty of rock. Some of it is straight-up ugly, but if you’re willing to look, you’ll find some of the best climbing you’ve never heard of. OKLAHOMA CLIMBER Elisha Gallegos ROUTE Power Series (5.10c) LOCATION Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Believe it or not, the Sooners have several amazing granite crags. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is home to short domes and free-ranging buffalo,…

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[Tara Kerzhner] Kerzhner started 10 years ago by “filling rolls of film with pictures of my cat,” but she’s expanded her subject base since then and now shoots climbing and lifestyle photography full-time. She shot Margo Hayes on her send of Scarface (5.14a) at Smith Rock, Oregon, saying, “Margo’s relaxed nature allowed me to capture a bit of her grace, like shooting a gazelle frolicking through a sunset.” [Jon Glassberg] Although Glassberg traveled to several countries last year for shoots, including Spain, Australia, France, and throughout the U.S., he says he spends more than 75 percent of his time in front of a computer, including the worst part of the job: “convincing clients that what I’m working on is cool and that they should be a part of the action.” See some of…

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in praise of climbing photographers

ON A BLUSTERY November day in 2013, the Climbing sta hiked to the famed Kor-Ingalls route on Castleton Tower during a gear-testing trip to Moab, Utah. Senior Contributing Photographer Andrew Burr kept us laughing with corny jokes during the strenuous approach through steep sandstone washes and crumbling embankments. We finally reached the ridge and a short technical section, so I removed my backpack and went up to perch on the edge of the sloping stone and shuttle packs. Grab the handle, twist, toss. Grab the handle, twist, toss. Grab the han—oof! I lurched forward under the weight of Burr’s 65-liter pack, almost toppling over on the kitty litter rock. His overstu ed pack outweighed the others by 25-plus pounds. I could barely move it. On my half-dozen climbing trips with Burr,…

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unsolicited beta

LETTER OF THE MONTH The May article on climbing gear recalls [“Recall This”] stated “...but there have not been any CPSC-reported injuries [due to climbing gear].” While this might be technically true, it could reflect manufacturers’ and retailers’ reluctance to report accidents, rather than the whole truth. A close friend and climbing partner died in 2004 when a spring-loaded cam broke (Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2005, p. 77). Had the cam not broken, it would have kept him from decking. The cam was recalled a few years later (CPSC Release #12-038; November 10, 2011). The CPSC notification of that recall stated that “ accidents or deaths have been reported in the U.S.” But immediately following the accident, I notified both the manufacturer and the retailer from which the cam was…

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#Flappers Sometimes our brains want to climb more than our bodies are capable. It’s usually during those “just one more try” burns that things go wrong. Your skin gets the final say, forcing you to be done for the day/week/month by giving you a flapper, or a massive chunk of epidermis that hangs from your finger like a door on loose hinges. Here are the bloodiest, grossest, stomach-turningest flapper photos submitted by our readers. Near the end of a bouldering session, I missed a move, my feet cut, and I tried in vain to hold on with one hand. —ANDREW MARKS I got my first set of flappers when I sent my first V2. Then I taped ’em down and kept on moving. @CLAIREWALLA I tore this during a dyno on a boulder pr oblem in…

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the climb

A MONUMENTAL SHIFT is coming to the video game world this year with the arrival of long-awaited virtual reality headsets. Crytek, a major video game studio known for state-of-the-art technology, will be launching The Climb, a game that emulates real rock climbing. We spoke to executive producer Elijah Freeman about the experience of virtual climbing. How did the idea for The Climb come about? We wanted to create a special experience, designed specifically for this new virtual reality (VR) hardware. We took some of our best prototyping designers and thought, “Hey, what could we design that would make sense in VR?” Climbing wasn’t our focus, but we have rock climbers on the team. They began experimenting with the verticality and built a [very basic] prototype. The sense of scale you got from…