Our big mountain issue is back! This August, we have the scoop on how to stay safe on the crag, tips and tricks for tackling the big climbs and summiting 14,000-foot peaks, and the top climbing gear that you’ll need for all of your climbing adventures this season. Plus we catch up with Quinn Brett, get to know the women behind Brown Girls Climb, and pay tribute to one of Colorado’s most-loved climbing pioneers. Dig into the issue online, or grab a copy on stands now!
Editor’s Letter: Bring the Crowds
The Bikes of Wrath
Eat, Sleep, Play: Taos, New Mexico
With the Sangre de Christos on one side and the Rio Grande Gorge on the other, this bustling Land of Enchantment town lives up to the hype when it comes to its repuation as a place where magic (oh and lots of outdoor adventure) is sure to happen.
Local Hero: Stephen Szoradi
CMC Raises Up Teens
The Deadly Elks
Hot Spot: Bailey Bound
Straight Talk: Quinn Brett
Meet Brown Girls Climb. This multi-faceted organization is getting out on the rock and in the peaks and not just getting more women of color and other under-represented groups participating (and having fun)—they are changing the perception of the sport.
Into the Wind
In 1963, on a harrowing first ascent of the Diagonal Direct route on Longs Peak’s Diamond, a 20-year-old climber named Tex Bossier almost lost his life. Decades later, his son returned to the mighty mountain to pay tribute to his father’s life and spread his ashes in the place that made him feel the most alive.
Sleep Your Way to the Top
Ryan Zinke: The Deflection Meetings
The Peakbagging Packing List
Best Summer Alpine Climbing Gear
Beat the Heat
The Slowest Are First
ELWAYVILLE: Lost in Place