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.

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