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Gasherbrum IV

Seventy-five meters shy of an 8000er, GIV's summit is one of the most elusive in alpine history. Michael Kennedy provides the backdrop while Walter Bonatti, Voytek Kurtyka, Tom Hargis and Peter Jenson sketch in the details of the seven people to set foot on the top.

climbing notes

MT. KITCHENER

SOUTH HOWSER MINARET

PALE DI SAN MARTINO

VIKING'S SHIELD

EIGER

AK-SU-NORTH

TAGHIA CIRQUE

YOSEMITE VALLEY

SWACHAND

PEAK 41

CASTLE PEAK

PEAK PIRAMIDALNI

editors note

Editor's Note

letters

Letters

A tribute to the Rowells.

faces

Douglas Keith Scott

Forty-seven years after his his first leads, Doug Scott is just getting started.

climbing life

The Climbing Life

Observations from the field.

off belay

Fun Tricks Free Things

features content

Bitter Sweet

On the big walls of the world, one year and 6,000 miles can make all the difference.

The Adventures of Hardy Grimper

Sandrine! Chamonix! Kate on a Harley! Hardy's back, and so are his troubles.

In the Footsteps of Heckmair

Swiss photographer and alpinist Thomas Ulrich can see the north face of the Eiger from his kitchen window. Christine Kopp provides the narrative for Ulrich's tribute to the 1938 first ascent.

Letters

A tribute to the Rowells.

A Climber's Life

Jim Donini has pursued adventure through forty years of alpinism. Tall tales, from the Tetons to Torre Egger.

The Uncertainty Principle

Doubt, fear, failure, and sometimes success; new-routing in Yosemite Valley has all the old rules, but a new set of players. Join us for a glimpse of the struggle from inside the golden revolution.