Winter 2020

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.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
6 期号


caption contest, quick clips, re-gram

Caption Contest RUSSELL MAYES is the winner of our No. 375 Caption Contest, which we roll out each issue with hilarious cartoons from Jordan Peterson (@jordankpeterson_). To enter, stay tuned to Climbing.com and Climbing’s social channels. For his winning caption, Russell wins a Session harness from Wild Country. See climbing.com/captioncontest375 for more. QUICK CLIPS Each issue, we pick the best Quick Clip tip to run in print, and then post it and runner-up submissions online (climbing.com/quickclips375). “After a long fall on a steep climb, you may need to boink up the rope. Make this tiring task easier by using a prusik knot cinched high on your rope, and a quickdraw (or two) with both biners clipped to the tail end of the prusik cord to create a handle/s. Pull up and let go as…

a "waste of time"

“Now, I am supposed to go to the military,” explains Mert from Geyikbayiri, a village near Antalya in western Turkey and home to a robust local population of climbers. Aesthetically, it couldn’t be further from the army’s bare, dusty barracks. Pine, olive, pomegranate, and orange trees blanket the hillsides. On the valley’s north side, sunbaked limestone walls wait for next winter, when the Turkish climbers will share this crag with international tourists who come to sample the 2,000 sport routes. Like all Turkish men between the ages of 20 and 41, Mert is required to serve in the military. Guys like him comprise a big portion of the Turkish climbing community. “I don’t want to go. I will do my best not to go. It’s a waste of time, [and] time…

winter crag kit

A. Five Ten Kirigami $90 adult, $50 kids, adidas.com Not all rock shoes need to be pain-tolerance tests, which is something we often forget in our quest for ever more fine-tuned performance. Fortunately, Five Ten has kept both comfort and performance in mind with their affordable new Kirigami, among the friendliest shoes to hit the market this year. These minimalist shoes feature a double hook-and-loop closure and synthetic upper, but it was the neutral (read: flat lasted) fit and rounded toebox that really shone—you can keep these puppies on for extended sessions such as at the gym or on multi-pitch routes without any dreaded foot cramping. The shoes held a nice, crisp edge out of the box, then of course there was the Stealth C4 sole, which was reliably awesome for smearing…

why we wobble: understand, manage, and channel your anger to climb your hardest

Each spring, my husband, Dustin, and I make a pilgrimage to Moab and visit the Big Bend Boulders. There in May 2019, I aimed to repeat a sandbagged V0 called Upwardly Mobile on the Hueco Traverse Boulder. A group was working the climb, and they happily let us join. I jumped on and, after two hasty, ill-conceived moves, found myself deposited rudely back on the crashpads. I could feel frustration bubbling but managed to stay calm enough to try again. The second time I came off trying to pull over the low lip. That’s when I lost it. I punched the sandstone, stood up, kicked my crashpad, and stalked away, leaving Dustin to field sideways glances from our new acquaintances. I’d had a classic wobbler, defined in the Climbing Dictionary as…

the pioneer way, guey: how mineral del chico became méxico's first world-class bouldering destination

“Dudes, I’m not even gonna try to do college,” the plucky 17-year-old declared to his parents. “I want to be a rock climber. I’m going to Europe—fuck it.” It was 2001 and Diego López Montull left his home country of México for Spain with 45 euros in his pocket. His return would pioneer a new direction for the sport. México, long steeped in aid and sport climbing, needed a wild-child spirit to bring bouldering to the masses. As a teenager, Montull was known for his rambunctiousness. He was once kicked off his soccer team and out of school within the same week. When he found climbing at 14, he was trained with an ethos of “Here’s how to bolt, now go bolt your own,” a galvanizing responsibility that set him on…

the ties that bind: 33 new rules to bring the community together

Open any email from a brand or retailer since March 2020. What does it start with? “In these unprecedented times…” or some other recycled nonsense before they inevitably either A) ask for you money since the coronavirus pandemic has put them on their heels, or B) beg for preemptive forgiveness for whatever racist acts they either facilitated or deliberately overlooked before everyone said, “Enough is enough.” They’re right: These are unprecedented times. But don’t look for solace in the status quo. The world is in upheaval—hopefully for the better—which means it’s time that climbing also took a long, hard look at itself and made some changes. As your self-appointed arbiter of right and wrong (hey, my name’s on the Climbing masthead as a contributing editor, whatever that means), I’m here to…