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The Sharmafund

Founded in 1998 by legendary rock climber Chris Sharma, the Sharmafund is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving underprivileged kids the enriching experience of outdoor rock climbing. The Sharmafund is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a
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Two New Bold Winter Routes on Remote Peak

The Canadian Rockies have had an unusually low snow fall for November and the result has been stable backcountry conditions. This has allowed keen climbers to find often inaccessible new routes. Jay Mills, owner of Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG), teamed up Steve Holeczi
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Canada Reaches New Heights on Sport Climbing World Stage

Led by North Vancouver’s Sean McColl, Canada has placed sixth overall in the lead climbing discipline, 11th in the bouldering discipline and 12th in the speed climbing discipline.  All three placements are the best ever finish for Canada in those respective climbing
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Daila Ojeda Sends a Hard Verdon Route

Daila Ojeda is one of sport climbing’s leading female climbers. Watch as she sends a Verdon 5.14. As Epic TV wrote, “Tom et Je Ris 5.14a is a beautiful endurance climb situated high on the walls of France’s Verdon Gorge. This spectacular setting is one of
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Alex Megos on a V14

Alex Megos is one of the world’s leading rock climbers. He has climbed 5.15s and V15s and when he is not projecting outdoors he’s competing indoors. He recently wrote on his Facebook, “What a great first day in the Frankenjura after coming back from the States.
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Alex Puccio Climbs Fifth V13 (and watch her crank four one-arm chin-ups)

Alex Puccio has been setting new standards for female bouldering the past year. Recently she made the first female ascent of Black Lung in Joe’s Valley. Puccio wrote on her social media, “Psyched to have sent the classic Black Lung V13 in Joe’s Valle
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Quebec Alpine At Its Best

This film documents the first winter ascent of an aesthetic route, Sens Unique, in the Parc des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, Quebec by climbers Louis Rousseau and Yannick Girard. Sens Unique from Ian on Vimeo.
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Film: The Hardest Line

In early 2014, Calum Muskett and Dave McLeod set out for Patagonia to repeat David Lama’s free Compressor Route on Cerro Torre. With pitches up to 5.13 and bold, committing climbing high on the mountain, it is probably one of the hardest alpine climbs in the world.
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New Hard Rockies Mixed Route

In the early 1980s, Jim Elzinga and party climbed a new route up the northeast face of Cirrus Mountain. Cirrus is famous for its west facing Polar Circus and Weeping Wall. In 2011, Elzinga and Gripped editor Brandon Pullan climbed a new route in the valley below the northeast
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Video Recap: Tour de Bloc at The Bloc Shop

On November 22, The Bloc Shop made its entry in the Tour de Bloc family by hosting the competition for the first time. Here’s a recap of the qualifiers, as well as showcase of the dynamic, technical and thought-provoking final problems on which the finalists put up a great
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