Celebrating American Rock

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Not Gonna Happen

I just received the new issue and read the article about New York State parks [Sustained, No. 285]. I don't think it will happen. Federal officials threatened to take away millions in federal funds should Paterson attempt to do this idiotic maneuver. Mark Schwab; Goshen, New York

Through the Looking Glass

You did a nice job with the anniversary issue. Having been an avid reader of your magazine for more than half of your 40 years, I enjoyed looking back at the past - yours and mine. But did you have to remind me of how much I have aged in those intervening years with your "40 Years of American Rock?" No, I don't mean the pictures of the transition from painters' pants to tiger-striped spandex to hoodies. I'm talking about the teeny-tiny type in the boxes describing the photos, with a gray screen over them, no less. Guess I'll have to add a magnifying glass to my climbing gear - I'm not ready to face reality and get actual reading glasses. Keep up the good work, but please make the type bigger.

Lenore Sobota; Normal, Illinois

Role Models

Reading about Colin Goodey [Players, No. 285] reminds me how few role models I have as a woman who plans to climb into her 70s. I am 56 and have been passionate about climbing for 13 years. Tell me about women cranking in their 60s and beyond! Occasional articles about men in their 60s and 70s interest me enough, but show me some women so I can have actual role models. My goal is to be climbing 5.12s by age 60. I'm getting there. Anne Hughes; Madison, Wisconsin

Ethics vs. Style

In regards to "Green Mountain Manifesto" [Gravity Lessons, No. 283]: Excellent piece, but I'd like to point out the way we at the American Alpine Journal look at ethics versus style because at the start of this article, there's some confusion between the two (from my perspective). Ethics are what affects others (like leaving trash on the mountain). Style is what only affects the individual climber (like pulling on a piton). I think it's useful to recognize the difference - better to recognize what's really important: how you treat the mountain and respect your fellow climbers, not whether you climbed as well as you'd like to. John Harlin, American Alpine Journal; via climbing.com

Photo of the Month

Indian Creek... Iraq?

I'm a soldier stationed at FOB Warrior (Kirkuk), Iraq. I'm sending you a couple of pictures to show all our fellow climbers currently serving in uniform and stationed in a war zone that there are thousands of feet worth of first ascents on cracks made by T walls that the Army has placed around the Forward Operating Bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan for force protection (basically, a T wall is a blast barrier to protect buildings and people from mortar rounds, rockets, etc.). If you didn't bring your rock shoes to war, do not despair! You can climb some of the bigger cracks in combat boots. Douglas April; via e-mail

Wall Afghanistan

Thanks to his sweet shot of Arkansas bouldering, the photographer, Travis Weil, scores a new KELTY PAWNEE BACKPACK (kelty.com). Travis will be able to fit all his climbing and camera gear in this pack with 3300 cubic inches of space, weighing in at three pounds, nine ounces. It also has a huge front pocket and nifty side pockets to keep gear easily accessible, whether it's a camera lens or a granola bar.

Thanks to his sweet shot of Arkansas bouldering, the photographer, Travis Weil, scores a new KELTY PAWNEE BACKPACK (kelty.com). Travis will be able to fit all his climbing and camera gear in this pack with 3300 cubic inches of space, weighing in at three pounds, nine ounces. It also has a huge front pocket and nifty side pockets to keep gear easily accessible, whether it's a camera lens or a granola bar.

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