Rocklands Climbing In JeopardyLuca Rinaldi, Gabriele Moroni, and Andrea and Marco Zanone spent June repeating some of the best and hardest lines in Rocklands, South Africa.
Access to one of climbing’s preeminent bouldering destinations–Rocklands, South Africa–is now threatened. In fact, the area known as the Tea Garden, which is privately owned by a local farmer and houses the classic boulder problem Black Shadow (V12) among others, has been officially closed for climbing. Delaney Carpenter, Chairperson of the Rock Climbing Committee of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA), reports that the closure is the result of graffiti found on the Black Shadow boulder, multiple “unofficial” trails leading to the area and the decimation of the landowner’s nearby fence. Though Carpenter says that the MCSA “feels that the graffiti was not the work of climbers,” the damaged fence and trails are suspected to be caused by the bouldering community.
Ryan Johnson, 34, died in the Mendenhall Towers, outside Juneau, Alaska, sometime in the days following March 5, 2018. He had just completed a first ascent on the North Face of the Main Tower with his partner, Marc-André Leclerc, who also died on the descent. Below, Samuel Johnson (unrelated) remembers his close friend and partner Ryan—his achievements, his passion, his warmth, his kindness.read more
Warm conditions put an interesting spin on the speed comp, but the 32 athletes at the Championships made the most of it.read more
“I was completely detached from the world below. There was nothing but climbing. No goal, no future, no past. I was climbing in the here and now. One swing of the ice axe after the other, one step after the other.”read more