Beth Rodden and Tommy Caldwell make the first ascents of two new routes in Smith Rock, OR. Beth works and sends The Optimist (5.14b), the hardest route ever established by a woman, while Tommy opens Spank the Monkey (5.13d).
Chris Sharma discovers Arkansas' untapped sandstone paradise. Along with Jason Kehl, Melissa Lacasse and others, Chris opens dozens of new lines, including The Full Package, King Lion, and the iconic Witness The Fitness.
Tommy Caldwell continues his re-invention of Yosemite big wall free climbing, with the first free ascent of Magic Mushroom and a glimpse of what the future may hold on his next El Cap super-project, the Dawn Wall.