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3 Tips for Setting Belays in Alpine Terrain

Aug. 14th 2014

Topher Donahue, a photographer, writer and guide based in Boulder, Colorado, gives us three tips on setting belays when alpine climbing.

Amidst the more heroic elements of alpine climbing, like executing difficult leads, enduring full-on weather conditions and managing complex route-finding, one of the most important, yet under-emphasized aspects of alpine climbing—be it on summer rock or winter ice and snow—is choosing a belay location.

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Going for Speed: Josh Wharton Shatters The Diamond Record

Apr. 1st 2014
photo: John Dickey

More than a decade ago, Josh Wharton and Jonny Copp broke the speed record for climbing the Diamond, the 13,000-foot east face of Longs Peak in Colorado. It was a 14 hour roundtrip, from leaving their car and returning to it. He claims they weren’t trying, just trying to stay warm in the Colorado winter chill above timberline. Last year, young climbers beat their record and it was just the motivation Wharton needed to try again. Here is how he stole the title back… at least for a little while.

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