MSNBC — “10 Best Climbs”

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Hanging by her fingertips, feet splayed on slick stone, Lynn Hill reached high to feel the small holds above her head. Her calves were tight. Forearms arched. A rope trailed from her harness, arcing out over thousands of feet of air below.

Thus starts my piece on “10 Best Rock Climbs in the U.S.,” which was written originally for and picked up today by MSNBC.

For this story, I interviewed 11 top climbers, including the likes of Lynn Hill, Jack Tackle, Will Gadd, Timmy O’Neill, and Michael Kennedy. These guys (and gals) are legends in their sport. (See the full “Expert’s Panel” list below.)

The routes, which range from classic beginner climbs to experts-only epics, represent some of the best vertical lines this country has to offer. Tie in, rope up, and read on to see all the airy details. . .
(See the full Top 10 list + my story on MSNBC here:

(See the full Top 10 list + my story on MSNBC here:

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.