In February, two teams of American climbers boarded planes bound for South America. Both had the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre, Patagonia's crown jewel, at the top of their itineraries, though for entirely different reasons...
Hypocrisy is perhaps too strong a word to describe the conflicting views found in the Editor's Note [No. 157], and the tantalizing travel article “The Stone Garden” [No. 159]. I doubt it was done intentionally.
A year ago, Dean Potter free soloed the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah's de facto state rock. His ascent put a bee in the bonnet of Utah and park officials. You know the rest.
FM TECH DRAGON
THE DRAGON IS CRAZY: its sole is tensioned from toe to heel, but left loose under the arch. The flap in the sole seemed gimmicky, but I couldn't tell if it was the sole design or the steeply downturned toe, ehich turns your feet into claws, that made the shoe climb so well.