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Tommy recovering after a fall on one of the many crux pitches. Photo: Rebecca Caldwell

Recap on El Cap – Another Butt-Kicking

By Tommy Caldwell   |   Nov 23, 2011 November 23, 2011

Today, Tommy Caldwell writes about the conclusion of another season of trying to free-climb the Dawn Wall. And coming up empty – though that’s really not the right word. We’ve covered his efforts in multiple posts (click here, here, or here),… Read More

[Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll practicing what his fellow Pataognia Climbing Ambassdor Nicolas Favresse calls

Big Wall Free Climbing on Baffin Island

By Nico Favresse   |   Sep 15, 2009 September 15, 2009

Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassadors Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll recently returned from a month of superlative success on Baffin Island’s numerous remote and wild granite walls. We were thrilled to receive Nico’s letter (below) and have been spending… Read More

Greenland Vertical Sailing: Big Wall Island

Greenland Vertical Sailing: Big Wall Island

By Nico Favresse   |   Jul 16, 2010 July 16, 2010

Earlier we told you about Patagonia ambassadors Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva, and their current climbing trip: Greenland Vertical Sailing 2010. Nico and Sean, along with Olivier Favresse and Ben Ditto have stowed aboard Captain Bob Shepton's boat to sail the west… Read More

Fear and Laughter on Lost Arrow

Fear and Laughter on Lost Arrow

Nov 5, 2009 November 5, 2009

Today's post is from Patagonia Customer Service Representative, Dave Campbell. A climbing guide and instructor, Dave recently put his skills to use to lead a couple of Patagonia colleagues (one of them, his boss) up a Yosemite Valley icon, one that holds a special place in the… Read More

From left: Covers of the 1998, 2006, 2007 AAJs.

Cover Story

By Kelly Cordes   |   Jun 2, 2011 June 2, 2011

What makes a good cover? Well, as with most things, that depends. What do you want? Sex appeal? Eye candy? Or are you hoping to convey something more? The story behind the image means something. To me it does, anyway. Since 2000 I’ve been one of the editors of… Read More

Tommy on the Dawn Wall, practicing this one move I taught him. Photo: Kyle Berkompas

Family Affair on the Dawn Wall

By Kelly Cordes   |   Nov 1, 2011 November 1, 2011

When I see a photo of someone climbing a severely overhanging 5.14 limestone sport route, I marvel at the physical prowess. Amazing. And though I can’t imagine being that good myself, I can see how some people can do it; I can sort of imagine it. At least… Read More

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