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Bernd Arnold: Soul of Stone

Bernd Arnold is the iconic barefoot climber who made over 980 first ascents in his 67 years. Now in his later years, he reflects on the power of psyche in overcoming fear. In 1970, Arnold climbed the North Face on the Schwager 5.11d in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. It marked the
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Vid: Big Avalanche on K6

Climbing photographer Jon Griffith recently caught an avalanche sliding down the North Face of K6 in Pakistan. Watch Canadian climb K6 West Avalanche off the North Face of K6, Pakistan from Jonathan Griffith on Vimeo.
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Hard New Route by Toni Lamprecht

Toni Lamprecht is a 43-year-old German climber who recently made the first ascent of Black Flag 5.14+ at Rockywand in Germany. Planet Mountain noted that, “Making the first ascent of a 5.14+ at 43 isn’t a world record, but it certainly isn’t an everyday
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Kilian Fischhuber Retires From Competitive Climbing

The 31-year-old Austrian climber Kilian Fischhuber is retiring from competitive climbing. He has been competing since 1997 and is one of the best competition boulderers ever.  The always dominate Fischhuber won his first World Cup in 2004, is nine-time Austrian champ, has won 21
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Ondra Flashes 5.14d

Adam Ondra continues his sending spree with two more hard routes, which brings his total to 102 routes rated 5.14d or harder. Ondra recently flashed Chromosome Y 5.14d at Charmany in Switzerland. It’s his second flash of a 5.14d, the first was his 2012 climb of Southern
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Rjukan: The Power of Water by Black Diamond

Tucked deep in a valley in the heart of Telemark, the town of Rjukan has a history tied up in the waterfalls that tumble from its cliffs. Over a hundred years ago, tourists from Oslo flocked to this steep-walled valley to see the Rjukanfossen, then believed to be the tallest
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New Scottish E3: Stand Fast

Steve Holmes on the first ascent of Stand Fast E3 6a at Glen Shian in the Scottish Highlands. Stand Fast E3 6a from Conor McCarthy on Vimeo.
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A Passion for New Routing

Like all good Genevans, Michel Piola discovered rock climbing at the Salève, a huge cliff outside Geneva that has been a training ground for a number of leading mountaineers. After 30 years of route-setting, he is without doubt one of the great new routers and has left a lasting
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New Rockies Alpine Route: The Hole

The Rockies have unlimited potential for winter adventures. Surprisingly, one of the most obvious faces was left relatively untouched until recently.   The north face of Lawrence Grassi can be seen from every coffee shop in Canmore, making it quite Euro-esque. The large face
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Video: 2014 Patagonia Dreamin’

Jason Kruk and Marc-Andre Leclerc travel from Squamish to El Chalten, Argentina, to climb on the legendary spires of the Torre massif. To climb well in the mountains of Patagonia one must have goals beyond the summits themselves. The only guarantees in these harsh peaks are of
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