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Alpine Warriors: the Story of Slovenian Climbing

Bernadette McDonald’s new book Alpine Warriors gives a glimpse into the rich, complicated, relatively unknown Slovenian climbing world, and its towering influence on the global mountaineering stage.  After the Second World War a period of relative calm began in Josip Broz
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First Female Ascent of Denali Grade Six

Chantel Astorga and Jewell Lund have returned from their first female ascent of the Denali Diamond. On June 24, the Denali National Park field report read, “This news just in of a notable ascent: American climbers Chantel Astorga and Jewell Lund made the first female ascent
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Learn About the Rock Climbing Bears

Remember the video from last year showing black bears climbing a steep wall?  An amateur film of two bears climbing in a canyon in Santa Elanya, Texas went viral in March 2014. Watch the video here. National Geographic recently produced this short clip about how and why the bears
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Watch Regan Kennedy Project a 5.14 Slab

Regan Kennedy, one of Canada’s strongest female climbers, attempts Ojas 5.14a and talks about the climbing lifestyle. To send Ojas is one of Kennedy’s goals for 2015. This short film was produced by Wiktor Skupinski and is about Kennedy’s climbing lifestyle and
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Jakob Kronberger, 14, Sends 5.14d

Jakob Kronberger is a 14-year-old Austrian climber from St. Martin near Salzburg and has just climbed his first 5.14d, Klem Loskot’s Intermezzo XY gelöst, at Plombergstein. In this videoKronberger Jakob and his father Fred give us some insight into his character and
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10 Great Ascents in Canada From the Past Century

No better way to celebrate Canada Day than to look back at 100 years and 10 great ascents on Canadian soil. In 1896, Ha Ling made the first ascent of the most westward peak in the Ehagay Nakoda range south of Canmore. The peak now has a number of classic route routes, read about
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Canada’s First Psicobloc Competition Will be on July 5

Canadians will soon have their own psicobloc (deep water soloing) competition to brag about as organizers in Quebec prepare for their July 5 competition. The event will take place at Lac-Beauport, north of Quebec City and they are expecting over 250 competitors. The idea for the
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Arc’teryx Announces Speaker Series and Music Line-Up for Climbing Academy

Arc’teryx is proud to announce the keynote speakers and live music lineup that will highlight the upcoming Arc’teryx Climbing Academy from July 10 to 12 in Squamish. The popular climbing event expects to draw hundreds of climbing enthusiasts from around the world to
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Ashima Shiraishi Sends in Norway

Ashima Shiraishi has been spending the first part of the summer in the Netherlands. With Kai Lightner, the pair visited the Flatanger Cave in Norway. The strong American duo had to deal with soaking wet holds that seeped uncontrollably. After a week of projecting difficult, and
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Watch Jonathan Siegrist climbing Le Cadre Nouvelle

American crusher Jonathan Siegrist redpoints Le Cadre Nouvelle 5.14d at Ceuse, France. Siegrist was in the news in June, 2014 for his send of Realization 5.15a. In the spring of 2015, Siegrist returned to France for the send of Adam Ondra’s variation to Le Cadre, called Le
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