Behind the cover
We found this photo on instragram and immediatly contacted Mercadi Carlson, from Moab, the climber pictured here, to see if we could use it for the cover. She provided us with a little background to the shot... "This is the Oubliette in a little bouldering area my good friends established. When I attempted this problem, it had not been finished yet. We tried, and tried and it started to feel impossible, until one extra little move was made. This place is awesome because it's shaded and so unique compared to all the other bouldering areas in Moab, Utah." "I had showed Mercadi my new invert off-width boulder project a few days prior and we had agreed to meet up and work on some new routes. Approaching the boulders, I wasn't sure what problem Cadi was working on... until I heard screaming. Then I knew exactly where she was. The Oubliette. The Oubliette is gnarly, scary, dark, and hard. It is French meaning, "a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling". I was so excited. Running over I asked her if she liked it. In agony she said yes. What followed was a cracking of the code. I got the route, with new scars. Then she sent, with screams. Then finally our last partner went and the Oubliette went down."