Trench Warfare, Net Style

Story by Mason Earle / There is a circus net that lives in my attic. It’s 50 feet long and twenty feet wide, made from cheap paracord and old climbing ropes. I built it specifically for climbing––like a giant crash pad for free soloing. My original vision was to use …

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Innovations in Climbing: The Climbing Trail

Story by Maya Gans / Whether beginning the strenuous four hour approach to Lone Peak Cirque, or heading up to Catherine’s Pass to finally tick off Seth’s Arete for some after-work bouldering, you can hear the battle cry of approaching climbers: “Almost there!” I can find meditation in the slow …

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Winter Destination: Big Bend Boulders

by Jon Vickers / Drive Time: 3.5 hours Rock Type: Sandstone Discipline: Bouldering Grades: Sandbagged Camping: Across Road The skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing, but as the snow falls, local bouldering becomes more and more of a challenge. No doubt someone is out in Little Cottonwood with a heater and …

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An Interview with Scott Carson

by Nik Berry / Scott Carson had a respectable job as a planner for an aerospace missile company in California.  He was working 70+ hour weeks and only succeeding in decreasing his happiness, so he packed his bags and moved to Salt Lake City to attend engineering school.  While riding …

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Local Classics: Cross-Eyed and Painless

by Jon Vickers / FA: Gordan Douglas/13a/Big Cottonwood/Quartzite/Draws (fixed?) According to me and my friends, Cross-Eyed and Painless is one of the best routes in the Wasatch, and I believe many others would agree. “Cross-Eyed” is a Gordan Douglas’ masterpiece that is one of the (not so) hidden gems in …

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