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Mt. Huntington

Overshadowed by the neighboring Denali, Alaska's Mt. Huntington is as elusive as it is enticing. Clay Wadman delivers the backstory to this magic mountain, while David Roberts, Jack Roberts, Jay Smith and Katsutaka Yokoyama recount their adventures on the world's most aesthetic 12,000-foot peak.

climbing notes

Mt. Ross

Kwangde Lho

Ulvetanna, North Face

Cerro Torre

Cerro Cota 2000

Fitz Roy, North Face

Tsaranoro Be


Lhotse, South Face



sharp end


A very high traverse.

Editor's Note

Cerro Torre without bolts.

Way Radical

New Hampshire route etymology.

Short Pitches

Cragging bites from North America.

Tool Users

The world's most famous piton.

climbing life

The Climbing Life

Observations from the field.

first ascent

First Ascent

Off the coast of North Wales, two friends uncover a timeless line and hints of their own mortality.


Jonathan Woodward

Jonny Woodward found climbing—and then his life went to the dogs.

full value

The Middle Teton

The Middle Teton Glacier should have been an easy, end-of-season outing. Then the first winter storm moved in.

off belay

Charlie Fowler's Last Words

What I've learned.

features content


A Slovenian's quest for the boundaries of single-push climbing brought him to the base of Cho Oyu. After witnessing a murder, he found the edge of humanity instead.


The Greek origins of the word "photography" literally translate: "to draw with light." As a young photographer struggles to read light, he discovers he can write it instead.

First Light

The High Sierra at night not only provided one climber a means to make alpine days longer; it also gave him heroes, a glimpse of enchantment and a deeper understanding of his own potential.


In 2006, loss pervaded the climbing community. One woman searches for healing in the midst of a terrible year.


Thuggery, coarse crystals and bad attitudes: in Vedauwoo, Wyoming, ugly is a state of mind.