500 Words
Jonny and so many others: Kelly Cordes searches for meaning.

Pitch 2Near
Blake Herrington and friends push through the mist to climb a new route on an iconic Cascades peak.

Jens Holsten and Max Hasson make the most of two weeks of high pressure in Southeast Alaska.

AAJ Gems
Voytek Kurtyka describes two new routes on 8,000-meter peaks in a single season—and the remarkable case of the missing crampon.

Videos of Alaskan bivying, crevasse falls—even a bit of climbing—from Jon Bracey, William Finley, Ben Gilmore, Clint Helander, and Marek Klonowski.

Kirk - AAJ_Torre_StarsPicture This
Spot the climbers in this stunning nighttime photo from Argentinean Patagonia, by Cullen Kirk.


“It was the nature of his profession that his experience with death should be greater than for most and he said that while it was true that time heals bereavement it does so only at the cost of the slow extinction of those loved ones from the heart’s memory which is the sole place of their abode then or now. Faces fade, voices dim. Seize them back, whispered the sepulturero. Speak with them. Call their names. Do this and do not let sorrow die for it is the sweetening of every gift.”—Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

Backclips: Issue 3
Near: An action-packed Canadian weekend; Inspirations: Norwegian ice party; Unscripted: Videos from Patagonia.

Backclips: Issue 2
Gems: Chouinard on Yosemite’s Future; Near: Norwegian Ice First Ascent; Far: Nakamura Reveals More of Tibet and China.

Backclips: Issue 1
Inspirations: The Real K2 Heroes; Near: A Sierra First Ascent; Far: A Magnificent Effort in Pakistan