Unsent /un-sent/ 1. To have failed so badly on a route you had previously climbed that you negate your redpoint. 2. A humor column.

Photo: Andrew Burr

The most difficult challenge we climbers have ever faced is not the Dawn Wall. It’s explaining rock climbing to our mothers. The general public’s perception of our sport tends to be wildly inaccurate. In an effort to bring greater understanding, we have provided the FAQ below. We encourage you to print it out and send it to any parent, relative, significant other, coworker, acquaintance, doctor, teacher, or NY Times commenter who needs clarification.

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