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Route Profile: Mt Triumph - Northeast Ridge (5.6, III+)

Mt. Triumph is one of those mountains that looks both incredible and incredibly hard to climb. It is a sharp tooth sticking up above the town or Marblemount that begs to be climbed.The Northeast Ridge is a reasonable route to the summit. Show More Summary

Katie Bono sets probable women's speed record on Denali at 21 hours, 6 minutes

Katie Bono trains at 13,500 feet on Denali, June 1, to prepare for her speed ascent on June 13-14 in which she set a probable female round-trip record of 21 hours, 6 minutes. That time is the third or fourth fastest time overall. [Photo] Savannah Cummins [This story has been updated to correct previous inaccuracies about Bono's record on Mt. Show More Summary

Kilian Jornet completes two fast and light ascents of Everest in one week

Kilian Jornet points to Mt. Everest's shrouded summit while acclimatizing for his first speed ascent of the North Col route. [Photo] Sebastien Montaz-Rosset/Kilian Jornet collection Kilian Jornet summited Mt. Everest (8848m) twice in...Show More Summary

Trip Report: Mt. Baker Ski Descent

I love those rare moments when you see an activity that sets your imagination alive and you say to yourself, “I want to do that.” It is the inspiration that drives most of us to start along the path to become climbers, skiers and skilled outdoor participants. Show More Summary

The Art of the Plunge Step

The plunge step is a simple technique for walking downhill in the snow. However, it is one of those techniques that seems relatively straight-forward in certain snow types, while difficult in others.To do a standard plunge step, stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Show More Summary

Snow Climbing Techniques: The Butt-Axe Belay

In the past we've run an article about the stomper belay, a snow climbing belay technique. In the vein of continuing to explore snow climbing belay techniques, we decided that we should spend some time on the butt-axe technique.No. Not the buttocks technique...the butt-axe technique. Show More Summary

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/15/17

Northwest:--There are some closures in Squamish. See below: Click to Enlarge --The Everett Herald is reporting that, "Researchers from two Texas universities plan to visit the Big Four Ice Caves this summer to study hikers’ risky behavior and how it might be averted. Show More Summary

Route Profile: Aiguille de I'M - North Ridge

The Aiguille de I'M is an odd feature in Boston Basin in the North Cascades National Park. Often referred to as "The M," this feature actually looks like an "M." Found just south of the Torment Forbidden Traverse, the small peak splits Boston Basin from Torment Basin, with the Taboo Glacier on the west side and the Unnamed Glacier on the east... Show More Summary

Zinke's interim report recommends reducing Bears Ears National Monument

Ryan Franz down climbs from the summit of Bridger Jack Butte to access a rappel station in April 2015. The King of Pain pinnacle is in the background. The area is part of the Bears Ears National Monument designated by outgoing President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016. Show More Summary

Leave No Trace: Respect Wildlife

In the spring of 2017, a video started to make the rounds. A little girl was sitting on the edge of a dock in Vancouver, British Columbia, "playing" with a sea lion. It appears that the girl and the family of the girl had been feeding the animal prior to what happened next: The girl was pulled into the water by the animal. Show More Summary

Film Review: Blindsight

Our culture has evolved to a point where we are very accommodating to people with disabilities. There are special parking areas for people who have trouble walking or are in wheelchairs. Computer systems help the deaf to speak on the phone. Show More Summary

Some Day I’ll Crimp Like a Real Boy

Carl Bullock puts his training program to the test on Nirvana, 5.11+, Lover’s Leap, CA. “Oh, this hold IS bad. You never know with you!” For years, the sport climbing at Red Rocks stifled me. Some people like to go on and on about how soft the grades are there, but I couldn’t have disagreed […]

The world gasps in the aftermath of Alex Honnold's free solo of El Capitan's Freerider (5.13a, 3,000')

In this photo that was taken through a telescope on the ground, Alex Honnold carefully makes his way across the highly technical, friction-dependent moves (5.11) low on the Freerider route (VI 5.13a, 3,000') during his historic ropeless ascent of El Capitan, June 3. Show More Summary

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/8/17

Northwest: The descent from Asgard Pass is dangerous. Click on this link to enlarge. From Washington Climbers and Hikers on Facebook --Komo News Four is reporting that, "A 19-year-old man from Mercer Island is missing and feared dead in an accident while hiking near Colchuck Peak Saturday afternoon, the Grant County Sheriff's Office said. Show More Summary

Researchers, activists and climbers respond to Trump's withdrawal from Climate Accord

[Photo] Jay Mantri, courtesy of StockSnap On June 1, President Trump announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. A total of 194 countries committed to the 2015 agreement, drafted to "strengthen the global response...Show More Summary

The Pacific Crest Trail in Three Minutes

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,660-mile trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. It's on many people's bucket lists, including my own. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to do this until I retire.That said, we can all enjoy this short film where I guy took two seconds of video every day and spliced it all together.Check it out below!--Jason D. Martin

Healed

Repeating Iain Small's Siege Engine E7 6c yesterday. Amazingly carefree feeling just to have to worry about sending the route and not much else. The rope is hanging down another project which goes out left across the roof. Cant wait to get back on that one. Show More Summary

Traditional Climbing: Placing Cams

Placing cams is an art that takes a lot of practice. Ideally you will spend a fair bit of time playing with cams at the base of a wall and following a lot of traditional pitches before placing cams on lead.The following video introduces the core basics of placing cams. Show More Summary

Is Alex Honnold’s El Cap Free-Solo the Greatest Sports Achievement—Ever?

Alex Honnold’s plans were no secret. We all knew free soloing El Capitan had been on his mind since the beginning of his climbing career; we just never knew when or even if this crazy idea might ever become a reality. At 9:28 a.m., Saturday,...Show More Summary

AMTL Part 1: A day in the life on South Early Winter Spire

Alpine climbing is about movement. Slow and steady upward progress on approach and climb - care and efficiency on descent. Breaks are short and weather fickle. Bolted anchors are few and far between. The dedicated alpine climber knows that every piece of gear must be scrutinized. Show More Summary

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