Be­hind the cover

Adventure - - Dispatched - The shot was taken by pho­tog­ra­pher, Mary Eden, here's what she had to say... Clim­ber: Mer­cadi Carl­son - In­sta­gram: @mersendy­climber­son Pho­tog­ra­pher: Mary Eden - In­sta­gram: @trad­princess

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."

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