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Two Lizards One Route
Description: Trad, Aid, 19 pitches, 1800', Grade V (FA by John Middendorf .)
What makes this photo special: Perfect route.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 5/11/2014
What makes this photo special: The approach is about three miles up moderate terrain. FA at 10,000 feet. Didn't see any people all day.
Description: (FA by Unknown .)
What makes this photo special: Perfect tower.
Description: 14 bolts, sport, 110 Ft. It can be done with a 70 meter rope. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: This photo just rocks!
What makes this photo special: It's a shallow-water solo.
Highballing Grandma Peabody
Description: the SW arete of Grandma Peabody. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: It was a hot saturday morning. Our last we in Bishop before the end of the season and leaving the States. I had been looking at this line with a lot of respect for years and I was just waiting for the good time to do it. We got there, put my shoes on and jump on it. Definitely one of the best lines I have ever climbed!
Credits: Guillaume Moissiard submitted this on 10/20/2013. Thuy Moissiard captured the image on 4/20/2013.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 12/29/2013
Description: First set of moves is a boulder problem on the overhung portion of the egg . Clip into the first bolt, then your in pocket heaven until you get to the tenuous slab area. Goes straight up to the top where you can enjoy the beautiful view. (FA by 1992 Leventhal , Oliphant , Drapper .)
What makes this photo special: First time at Texas Canyon, no guidebooks, just straight up curiosity and thrill to climb such an epic crag.
The Indian Creek of Oregon
Description: Perfect, vertical splitters of all sizes line this cliffside. This happens to be one of the more popular gems. Hands thin out to liebacking fingers. You can finish at anchors under the roof, step left and up for a 5.10+ finish, or head straight through the roof for a 5.12R finish. (FA by John Rich et all .)
What makes this photo special: This is a very special climbing location off the beaten path in comparison to the myriad of climbers flocking to the Smith Rock 30 minutes south. Nothing but amazing crack lines. While resting after climbing JR Token myself, a European couple comes out of nowhere to sample the same hexagonal columns that were making us googly eyed. They came a lot farther than we did. And it's worth it.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 6/26/2013. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 6/13/2013.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 6/16/2013
What makes this photo special: Fairly certain there were gnomes, nymphs and unicorns hiding around every boulder in this magical forest at the base of The Chief. Marcus manages to blend in perfectly.
Credits: Olga Nezhevenko submitted this on 4/12/2013. Olga Nezhevenko captured the image on 8/10/2011.
The Pearl Illuminated
Description: The Pearl is a classic line on The Pearl boulder. The face is slightly overhanging, and the start holds barely there. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: Even after a full day of bouldering, one cannot simply pass by the beauty of The Pearl without saying hello. Night climbing on one of the best.
Credits: Olga Nezhevenko submitted this on 4/11/2013. Olga Nezhevenko captured the image on 2/18/2012.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 3/3/2013
Connecting with the French
Description: A memorable face climb. The center of the wall on pockets, then some very small edges. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: Can't you just feel the determination to grab the above "hold", while your fingers use the last of their crimping power on those tiny volcanic edges?
Credits: Olga Nezhevenko submitted this on 4/11/2013. Olga Nezhevenko captured the image on 3/9/2013.
Description: The ultra-classic Santa Barbara line. Cracks, mantles, and all glory. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: Shots of followers aren't always that exciting but throw in Jon's facial expression, the Channel Islands backdrop, and some bare feet, and what do you get? Pure soul.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 4/11/2013. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 3/29/2013.
No Man Left Behind
Neil , Stu , Mario climbing Cyclops Boulder (V3) in Castle Hill, Castle Hill, Canturbury, New Zealand
Description: Classic line at Castle Hill (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: When you first arrive at Castle Hill you feel like a child again. Everyone from myself to Sharma (watch the movie Big Game) runs about the place exploring and climbing on everything. Its a very special place and this photo catches us acting like kids, struggling to get everyone to the top.
When Giants Fall
Description: A classic Australian line. Probably the second most iconic route on the entire continent. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: A beautiful route beats another climber back.
Description: John Bachar's favorite problem at Stoney Point. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: I threw down our one and a half crash pads, handed John the gopro and went for the tall scary problem. Beautiful labor day colors and a big High step.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 4/29/2012
Journey to the End of the Earth
Feliz climbing Pole Dancer (22 (5.11a)) in Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Austrailia, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
What makes this photo special: Super exposed on all sides, this pinnacle towers hundreds of meters above the ocean. Dolphins and seals swim around the bottom keeping you company on the belay. Next stop, Antarctica. Breath taking.
Snow Isn't Always Soft
Jeff climbing Telecom Ridge (Grade 1 Scottish) in Remarkable Mountains , Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Description: Fun winter day out in the Remarks. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: A scary day out for some of us.
Who said you cant climb in the rain?
Fraze Burley climbing Chill Out lLedge (21 (5.10d)) in The Chasm, Darren Mountain Range, Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand
What makes this photo special: Climbing here on a wet day is like climbing inside a waterfall as the water runs off the lip of this giant overhang and drops into the valley behind you. In fact the whole world here turns into a waterfall when it rains.
Double Agent Man
What makes this photo special: This was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the boys to recoup after the debauchery on Ian's Birthday. The view doesn't get much better also- California chaparral looking over the Pacific Ocean.
Galen MacDougall climbing O'Kelley's Crack (5.10c) in Echo Rocks, Joshua Tree National Monument, Joshua Tree, CA, USA
Description: The route begins with a gnarly 5.11 boulder problem that requires a burly fist, and then leads up into a stellar hand crack. (FA by Tobin Sorenson , Jim Wilson , Dean Fidelman & Gary Ayres , March 1975 .)
What makes this photo special: It was awesome to see Galen throw down a burly (and clean) 5.11 trad lead on an amazing splitter. It has got to be one of the top 3 cracks I've ever climbed- and it was inspiring to see Galen make it look like a cake walk... well, a vertical cake walk.
Description: Beautiful warm-up arete overlooking Lake St. Croix (FA by Unknown .)
What makes this photo special: The lake and surrounding countryside provided a perfect backdrop to this arete. As each of us led it in turn, we all took the time to savor the moment, looking down and around us at the beautiful fall day.
Credits: Marcus Moreno submitted this on 2/10/2013. Matthew Winter captured the image on 11/10/2012.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 5/13/2012
Eye of the Tiger
Jon Murphy , Galen MacDougall climbing The Eye (5.3) in Joshua Tree National Monument, Joshua Tree, CA, USA
Description: Juggy, steep, exposed face climbing up to the eponymous tunnel through the top of the cyclops formation. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: This photo demonstrates the awesome steepness and exposure of this truly spectacular free solo. It's easy, but it requires a calmness and focus that Jon's expression demonstrates perfectly on his first solo of the route.
Description: A sweet sport route up the Tumbling Rainbow formation. Crimpy to start out with tricky slab moves at the top too. (FA by Bob Gaines , Dana Adler , Yvonne Gaines , October 1997 .)
What makes this photo special: After topping out Tumbling Rainbow (5.9) I reached the top just in time to snap this great shot of Shelton entering the second crux and finish of Runaway. Timing, lighting, and desert backdrop make this a special shot.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 2/10/2013. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/29/2012.
Vertical Crack and Blue Sky
Description: An awesome splitter tucked away in a corridor. Well worth seeking it out. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: Alix threw it down for the onsite of this notorious J-Tree splitter. A thin crack leading perpendicular to a stripe of bright blue skyline make for some cool shapes in this one.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 2/10/2013. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/28/2012.
Marcus Moreno climbing La Commande (6b) in Mount St. Victoire, Aix-en-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Description: 13 pitches of amazing limestone climbing up the enormous and beautiful broken faces of Mount St. Victoire's southern side. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: After breaking off a big foot lower down, I still couldn't help but smile my way to the top of the crux 4th pitch. Beautiful day and incredible fall scenery in southern France.
Credits: Marcus Moreno submitted this on 2/9/2013. Nicholas Giblin captured the image on 11/17/2012.
What makes this photo special: Wonderful Wonderful Trad Climb Nestled in Joshua Tree, CA
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 1/13/2013
THE BAT CAVES
Description: Sport Climb in Los Angeles (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: look at those COLORS of Conglomerate Limestone and Sandstone
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 12/2/2012
Nick Valentine climbing Chapelle de Glière (5.7) in Épaule de Glière, Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France
What makes this photo special: Nick Valentine on the famous razor edge section of the Chapelle de Glière route.
Credits: Alexandre Buisse submitted this on 1/5/2013. Alexandre Buisse captured the image on 7/11/2011.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 4/22/2012
Description: Easy climbing leads to a crux move over the bulge and then left to a slanting crack to the top. (FA by Dan Ahlborn , Randy Vogel , Kevin Powell , Tim Powell 1976 .)
What makes this photo special: It was Shelton's last burn of the day and I was just in time to catch the last rays of sun as he was topping it out. With the sun highlighting the climber and the serenity of the Joshua Tree in the background, this photos puts a nice emphasis on the beauty one finds in the high desert.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 1/3/2013. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/28/2012.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 4/15/2012
Just another Figure on a Landscape
Description: After a difficult mantle start, what follows is an exposed, delicate, and overall aesthetic friction route up the front side of this perfectly placed boulder. (FA by Dave Houser , Mike Waugh , Jan McCollum & Nick Badyrka , April 1977 .)
What makes this photo special: Galens impressive ascent of E.B.G.B's on a fiercely windy afternoon.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 4/8/2012
UCLA Stretching to The Font
Description: An aesthetic line on one of the boulders amongst "Le Forêt de Fontainebleau". (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: The black and white image shows off the features of The Font boulders well, and it catches Marcus' movement at the perfect time.
Credits: Franziska Walter submitted this on 11/7/2012. Franziska Walter captured the image on 10/8/2012.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 4/1/2012
Stemming the Laurel
Description: A really awesome and classic route at Laurel Knob. The crux 4th pitch requires some delicate and atypical techniques in a slabby groove with closely spaced bolts on the right. (FA by Fischesser , Clawes .)
What makes this photo special: Some of the most amazing slab i've ever touched. Rock like sandpaper and water grooves for days. Beautiful sky, rock, ripples, and climber just after the crux.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 10/28/2012. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 10/11/2012.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 3/25/2012
Sorcerer West Face
Description: Plumb line up the center of the Sorcerer. Two 60m pitches. Atlantis just to the right, Don Juan Wall to the left. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: My favorite shot from a three-month Sierras trip. The Needles were the highlight of the trip.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 3/18/2012
Air beneath yo' feet.
Description: A fun, steep, and (with the roof crack variation finish) a very exposed route. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: This is a great route at The Gunks and, here, I'm stepping up into the alternate roof crack (10a) for what the guidebook calls a "Super classic finish!" Indeed it was. This photo also shows a nice contrast between rock, climber, air, and the New York countryside. A good feeling of exposure on this one.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 3/11/2012
Last Rays on Solarium
Description: Beautiful pockets on a slightly overhanging face. This is a hard v3 which has recently been upgraded to a v4. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: The day was done, or at least we thought it was. As we approached Solarium, Alex, a native to these parts, decided to do a quick send of the beautiful problem. So quick, in fact, that he didn't even bother to put on his shoes while catching the last bit of sunlight in the canyon.
Credits: Olga Nezhevenko submitted this on 6/27/2012. Olga Nezhevenko captured the image on 2/4/2012.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 3/4/2012
Marcus Moreno climbing Fowler Power (5.4) in University of California, Los Angeles, Westwood, CA, USA
Description: Perfect 42.0 foot-tall chimney up Fowler Museum right smack in the middle of UCLA's beautiful campus. (FA by Jon Murphy , Marcus Moreno .)
What makes this photo special: Nothing like a classic solo on the way to class to wake you up at 9am on a Monday morning.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 2/26/2012
T-Crack Sunset Lap
Description: Varied cracks and a huge crux mantle on slopers, classic! (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: Sweet (mandatory) spacing between the pieces, and a typically beautiful SB evening.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 2/19/2012
Windy Fire Jugs
Description: A great route at Fire Crags in Santa Barbara, CA. (FA by Randy Judycki & Derek Jensen .)
What makes this photo special: Topping out Jensen's jugs during a 20mph wind storm with a beautiful Santa Barbara sunset.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 2/12/2012
Sunset on The Nose of Gibraltar
Description: A classic line up the SW corner of Gibraltar Rock. Steep hand-jams give way to easy face climbing to the top. (FA by Unknown .)
What makes this photo special: A sunset cruise up an old-school classic.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 1/29/2012
Stepping into the void, ropeless on The Eye
Description: A fun, steep route with juggy holds to the top of Cyclops Rock. (FA by Unknown .)
What makes this photo special: It gives a great perspective of The Eye, climber, and Joshua Tree landscape. It is also that moment on the climb in which the climber steps out from the crevice and commits to vertical 5.3 moves to the top.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 1/31/2012. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/28/2011.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 2/5/2012
High on The Bong
Description: A great, obvious line up the north side of The Blob. (FA by unknown .)
What makes this photo special: A perfect way to start the morning: Tim takes it all in, high up on The Bong.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 1/30/2012. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/30/2011.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 1/22/2012
Blending in with the local artwork
Description: A favorite warm-up on the summit boulders of Stoney Point. (FA by Unknown .)
What makes this photo special: We arrived to find this newly tagged graffiti on our favorite warm-up. Here, Marcus blends style with art. Unfortunately we returned a week later to find that the city had painted over it with a thick, fresh layer of tan ("rock-colored") paint. This is a detrimental cycle for the rock and only creates a brand new blank canvas for someone to return to and tag again.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 1/25/2012. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 1/6/2011.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 1/15/2012
Finding solitude amidst the Joshua Tree Landscape
Description: A short but amazing finger crack just outside Hidden Valley Campground on the way to White Rastafarian. (FA by Unknown .)
What makes this photo special: This photo captures the clouds and terrain of J-Tree in a great way while juxtaposing the human form. A great example of a "figure on a landscape". Simple and yet intriguing.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 1/25/2012. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/29/2010.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 1/8/2012
Getting High on Yabo's Arete
Description: A beautiful, bold, and classic line at Stoney Point. (FA by John Yablonski .)
What makes this photo special: Marcus stepping it up for the mantle finish on this great (and tall) line. Commitment and confidence.
Credits: Galen MacDougall submitted this on 1/20/2012. Galen MacDougall captured the image on 12/4/2011.
Winner of Pic-of-the-Week: 1/1/2012