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Patagonia Climbing Ambassador Pete Whittaker takes a breather to avoid going batty on his attempt to climb Century Crack. Canyonlands, Utah. Photo: Alex Ekins via WideBoyz blog.

WideBoyz on Century Crack: Talking Grades

By localcrew   |   Dec 7, 2011 December 7, 2011

Take a peek at the latest issue of Climbing magazine and you’ll find Patagonia climbing ambassador Pete Whittaker sporting the kind of face that only climbing offwidths can produce. The story that goes with this photo: “The World’s First 5.14 Offwidth.” Together with his partner Tom… Read More

Above: The unclimbed southwest face of Kusum Kanguru on November 8, 2011. Photo:Tom Schnugg

Kusum Kanguru – Taking the Gear for a Walk

By Barry Blanchard   |   Dec 1, 2011 December 1, 2011

In the spring of 1991 I was guiding in the Everest Region of Nepal – the Khumbu. Knowing that I would be looking to climb a route on Kusum Kanguru on my own after the departure of my last climbing guest, my Sirdar, Tensing and I took advantage of… Read More

Connecting the dots on a Motherlode classic. Photo: Keith Ladzinski

Seeing Red

By Brittany Griffith   |   Oct 19, 2011 October 19, 2011

I hung limp on the end of the rope with my forehead resting on the taut line. I felt my throat tighten. I hadn’t been this frustrated in a very long time. I realized a long time ago that grades were relative, but it seemed everyone here, 30-40 people,… Read More

WideBoyz Take on America’s Gnarliest Offwidths

WideBoyz Take on America’s Gnarliest Offwidths

By Pete Whittaker   |   Sep 28, 2011 September 28, 2011

Patagonia climbing ambassador Pete Whittaker, climbing partner Tom Randall, and photographer friend Alex Ekins recently arrived in the U.S. with a singular – if not enviable – objective: tick off America's nastiest off-widths. If you follow the global climbing scene, you might recognize the duo… Read More

Scott DeCapio at the base of Mt. Hunter after a failed attempt at the French Route on the North Buttress. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Picture Story – Exhaustion

By Kelly Cordes   |   Sep 23, 2011 September 23, 2011

Welcome to the first day of Fall, and a fresh installment in our occasional series of posts for the more visually oriented. For a lot of folks, autumn is the time of the last great hurrah. No bugs, perfect weather, decent daylight. Whether it’s a alpine route or long days… Read More

He’s down there somewhere…. Photo: Justin Woods

Reputations

By Kelly Cordes   |   Sep 16, 2011 September 16, 2011

We traverse a rare and beautiful band of bullet rock, smooth with long reaches and thirty-foot runouts, the universe dropping away to the valley floor. We’re getting close. Justin continues along the line of weakness, toward the northwest ridge 500 feet below the summit of Mt. Siyeh, Glacier National Park,… Read More

Josh Wharton awaiting nightfall on Shingu Charpa, Pakistan. Photo: Kelly Cordes

Nights

By Kelly Cordes   |   Sep 9, 2011 September 9, 2011

The transition to darkness scares me. Fleeting rays of final light linger on the horizon. I stare down thousands of feet, where immense shadows from ice-capped towers overhead cast dark shapes into the valley below. I barely make out the specks of our tents at base camp. A fire starts. Read More

CFS staggering along, only 10 miles to go… Photo: Kelly Cordes

To Suffer Well

By Kelly Cordes   |   Sep 2, 2011 September 2, 2011

I think back a few weeks to when I found my friend Craig 52 miles into a grueling mountain run, wobbling on the trail like a baby deer. He held himself up with his trekking poles, grinned and told me he was fine. Uhhh, you don’t look fine, dude. Read More

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