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SuperTopo Newsletter - November 1, 2010

Monday November 1, 2010 1:43pm
REMEMBERING JOE PURYEAR
Just received this from Mike Gauthier: I received one of those dreaded phone calls early this morning with the news that my good friend Joe Puryear died while ascending Labuche Kang (7,367 meters, 24,170 feet) in a remote region of Tibet. Joe was a former climbing ranger on Mount Rainier and one of America’s elite alpinists. Read More

GEAR REVIEWS: CAMPING STOVE AWARDS AND BIG WALL GEAR
Essential Aid Climbing Gear
Clean Aid Protection
Haulbags, Hauling and Bivy Gear
The Best Camp Stove Review
MSR Reactor Win's Editor's Choice
JetBoil Flash Winds Recommended Award
20+ new gear reviews videos to YouTube

THE FORUM
Leo Houlding Climbs New Free Route on El Capitan
Exciting Deep Water Comp in Spain with Chris Sharma
Climber loses thumb on The Nose - El Capitan - Yosemite
New Book on Yosemite Climbing History
El Cap Storm Photos with links pics and vid of climbers caught in waterfall


TRIP REPORTS
North America Wall, El Capitan
9-Year-Olds First TR
Cloudveil Dome/Fall Ice Stoke/Climbing with old dudes
I Love The Desert (a Puryear Great)
North Face Middle Teton--Robbins and Breashers routes... Stoke for fall ice
My Up And Down Life, Disaster Master


NEW FIRST ASCENT DVD BOX SET + FREE SUPERTOPO BOOK OFFER
The first ever ropeless climbof Yosemite’s sheer 2,000 foot wall of Half Dome. The longest BASE jump achieved, from the infamous Eiger Nordwand. A tragic expedition to the lost peaks of Western China. These are just a few of the amazing feats and personal journeys featured in the First Ascent Box Set. And you get a free SuperTopo book Read More…

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Chris McNamara
About the Author
Climbing Magazine once computed that three percent of Chris McNamara’s life on earth had been spent on the face of El Capitan – an accomplishment that left friends and family pondering Chris’s sanity. He has climbed El Capitan more than 70 times and holds nine big wall speed climbing records. In 1998 Chris did the first Girdle Traverse of El Capitan, an epic 75-pitch route that asks the question, “Why?”

Outside Magazine has called Chris one of “the world’s finest aid climbers.” He is the winner of the 1999 Bates Award from the American Alpine Club and founder of the American Safe Climbing Association, a nonprofit group that has replaced more than 5000 dangerous anchor bolts. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and serves on the board of the ASCA and the Rowell Legacy Committee. He has a rarely updated adventure journal, maintains BASEjumpingmovies.com, and also runs a Lake Tahoe home rental business.

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