Skyland, near Crested Butte, Colorado,
is bouldering heaven: a tumble of giant volcanic blocks so fused they look like granite. Joint Rock is the showcase boulder, sitting at the edge of an aspen grove with a high, striking, radically overhanging north face. Beelining up the right-center of the face is Shuhari, put up by Will Anglin in October 2015 after eight years of on-and-off effort. Wicked compression leads to heel- and toe-hooking jessery on opposing pinches then big punches to flat holds before the climb moves right to join the arête of Filth Pig ( V6). Here, Sebastian Infantes moves into the business. “Sebastian, with a valiant try, could not take down the crux,” writes the photographer Coleman Becker. “But he gets closer after each attempt.” For more of America’s best bouldering, turn to “The Classic 25” on page 56.