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  • Fine Jade (5.11a) - Utah's Finest Sandstone Tower | Episode 1

    Fine Jade (5.11a) - Utah's Best Sandstone Tower | North America's Fifty Classic Climbs, Episode 1

    With Mark & Janelle Smiley

    Check out the first episode in 2015 from Mark & Janelle Smiley and EpicTV from Fine Jade, an absolute desert classic. Right on The Rectory in Moab's Castle Valley, with fine views of Castleton Tower, and complemented by some of the finest sandstone cracks imaginable, it should be high on any trad climber's list. See what this fantastic line in Utah's high desert is all about!

    As an epicenter for climbing, Moab's Castle Valley contains many classics, including Fine Jade (5.11a) As an epicenter for climbing, Moab's Castle Valley contains many classics, including Fine Jade (5.11a). Photo: Mark Smiley

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  • Isla de la Plata - Ecuador

    Coastline of Machalilla National Park - Ecuador Setting out from Puerto Lopez at sunrise

    Most climbers (myself included) consider themselves a bit on the fringe. Like salmon, we swim against the flow knowing very well that the reward will be that much sweeter because we refrain from traveling along the path of least resistance. Whether we are plugging our way along an impossibly thin Cascadian finger crack or skinning up an far flung stretch of Alaskan powder, we are sure to earn it every step of the way. When we finally reach our summit, reveling in our own sweat and perhaps a little aftermath of fear, we just smile as the wave of accomplishment washes over us, knowing very well that nobody had to hold our hands to get us there.

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