Black Canyon Outtakes

Tales from Colorado's uniquely scary big walls

Runout seams, loose blocks, poison ivy, forced bivys - the author will do whatever it takes to get out of Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison. By Topher Donahue

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It's what moves us. By Keith Ladzinski


A swath of rock, a streak of color, a flash of power. By Andrew Burr

THIS PAGE: Jeremy Grey reflects on climbing at Siurana, Spain. PHOTO: Andrew Burr

COVER: Keith Ladzinski: "For the last four months, I've been living almost half-time in southwest Utah with Joe Kinder. Joe was motivated in a way I've never seen before. We often watched as he forged out into the worst winter conditions to equip a new line, with a huge smile on his face, while we shivered by the fireplace. Here, he is giving everything on the midway crux on a project at the Hurricave." PHOTO: Ladzinski

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Indian red tape forced alpine master Marko Prezelj and young guns Luka Lindic and Rok Blagus to drop six months of planning and change course, but it also freed them to find nirvana in the Bhagi-rathis. Here, 21-year-old Lindic jams perfect granite on day two of a 1,300 meter new mixed route on the south-southwest face of Bhagirathi II. "I was privileged to observe the honest, joyful enthusiasm of two young friends - in their eyes I could see why I like climbing," Prezelj said. MARKO PREZELJ

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