From the Back Cover
Get psyched to get vertical!
Each rock generation brings new vision and new focus to ultimate climbing challenges. In Vertical World, Katie Brown, herself one of the world’s greatest climbers, introduces nine of America’s best and brightest masters of rock climbing. Through engaging interviews and stunning action photographs taken by top climbing photographers, the most gifted climbers of this generation bring style, grace, skill, and strength to the hardest and most beautiful rock climbs on planet Earth. They talk about their successes and failures, their training secrets, their favorite crags, their climbing partners, their wildest dreams, and their craziest adventures. These are today’s cutting-edge climbers touching the vertical dream and climbing without limits.
Dave Graham - climbed more 5.14 routes than anyone else in the world
Chris Sharma - the first climber in the world to send 5.15a
Beth Rodden - the world’s best all-around female rock climber
Dean Potter - America’s leading soloist, climbed Yosemite’s Half Dome and El Capitan in a day
Jason Kehl - America’s premier high-ball bouldering ace
Josh Wharton - climbed the world’s longest route up Great Trango Tower in Pakistan
Steph Davis - the second woman to free climb El Capitan in a day
Lisa Rands - one of the world’s best woman boulderers
Tommy Caldwell - the world’s best all-around male rock climber
Vertical World® is a registered trademark of Vertical World, Inc., America's first climbing gym, www.verticalworld.com. Used by permission.
About the Author
As the first woman to onsight 5.13d (Omaha Beach, Red River Gorge, Kentucky) and flash 5.14a (Hydrophobia, Mont Sant, Spain) Katie Brown has been an influential and groundbreaking climber. She began climbing at age 13 and quickly dominated competition at the national and international level. Now in her young 20s, she is a freelance writer and continues to travel the world as a professional climber.