Notch Peak with Niels Tietze.

By Mason Earle Notch Peak, January 2015. My 5am alarm woke me up inside the van. Frosty windows. I really didn’t want to get out of my sleeping bag. I especially didn’t want to go and climb a 2000-foot chossy bigwall. All was silent outside. Maybe Niels forgot to set his alarm? I fantasized about […]

Niels Tietze on the top or Notch Peak.

Nik on the top of the 13c crux pitch.

Escaping the Grind: Climbing Red Rock’s Crystal Dawn

by Nik Berry School had made me particularly antsy and I couldn’t wait to escape the safety and routine of school life. My day consisted of waking up early, driving to run on Bonneville Shoreline and sitting on my ass in school until all of the blood was pushed out leaving me with a painful numbing […]

Shanna and Rob Train Up

It was one crazy May day for Rob and Shanna. Two nights before, the two had driven the five hours in Shanna’s Xterra from Salt Lake to the Welcome Springs area outside of Saint George, UT. The two started at 7am and Shanna gave three burns to her project, The Cross (5.13c), at the Wailing […]

While both Rob and Shanna train strength with hangs in the training are, the two have selected different hold types to improve upon weaknesses or prepare for specific goals.

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Kai Lightner Visits Team Momentum

This fall Kai Lightner stopped in Salt Lake to visit his friends at Team Momentum after his victory at the Youth World Championships. Cole Bradburn and other Team Momentum members gave Kai the tour of some of the best climbing in the area and Kai attended several of the team’s practices. Despite weather challenges, the […]

Justin Wood on Joe’s Valley Improvements

Story by Nik Berry Joes Valley is Utah’s most popular bouldering area.  I believe it has gained this popularity first and foremost from the Butterfinger donuts made daily by the Food Ranch in Orangeville and secondly from the aesthetic bullet hard sandstone.  As areas increase in popularity, mandatory changes must be made to maintain the […]

Justin Wood, Redfish Lake, ID

5 Tips for 5 Cracks with Mason Earle

Article by Mason Earle / Photo by Jon Vickers November in Utah. This means a lot of things to different people- school, anticipation for snow, and thanksgiving. For me it has always meant crack climbing season. I have always been inspired by the linear purity of cracks; the passage formed by a perfect split in […]

Inspiration Series: Drew Bedford

By Nik Berry On a morning in 1984, the “young and arrogant” Drew Bedford approached Monkeyfinger with his partner Roger Amory.  This was the first route either of them attempted in Zion National Park and they freed the existing aid line.  After the ascent, they found it difficult to grade the route.  They knew it […]

Drew Bedford on his route Orange Crush 5.13b

Ben Haas on Outlaws on the Run (5.6).

Trip Report: Cowboy Country

Sinks Canyon and Wild Iris (Lander, WY) / Travel Time from SLC: 4.5 Hours / Climbing Type: Mostly sport climbing on dolomite with sandstone and granite in the area. Welcome to the wild west of rock climbing. Perhaps I am stereotyping, but there seems to be an appropriate connection between Wyoming’s cowboy culture and a style of […]

5.14 Onsight at 14: Kai Lightner goes to Maple with Team Momentum

On August 16th, Team Momentum took North Carolina youth climbing prodigy Kai Lightner to The Pipe Dream in Maple Canyon. The 14-year-old endurance master casually and methodically crawled upwards past hang-dogging climbers on the near horizontal roof of the cave. He seemed to be walking through climbs most mortals spend their summers projecting. With little […]


2014 Psicobloc Recap

by James Lucas On August 8th, Clif Bar held a $30,000 drag race between 32 of the world’s best climbers in Park City Utah. The second annual PsicoComp pitted climbers in a head to head battle on a 55 foot tall wall above an Olympic pool. With former winner Sasha Digulian on the mend with […]