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Messner turns 70: interview with Forbes

Climbing pioneer Reinhold Messner turned 70 on Sept. 17. The climber is arguably the most famous mountaineer of all time. Messner made a name for himself early in his climbing career. Between 1950 and 1965, he led over 500 ascents in Italy and France. In 1965, he climbed a new
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Marieta Akalski is a Canadian Crusher

Marieta Akalski has shifted away from competition climbing to sport climbing. She started this spring with a trip to Colorado and is currently in Europe. Toronto-based climber Akalski is one of Canada’s leading female climbers. Having competed in a number of competitions
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Curiosity by The North Face

“Chasing curiosity can lead us down a dangerous, challenging, and frightening path. It can also lead us to have the greatest experiences of our lives. Curiosity follows the stories of team athletes Rory Bosio, Timothy Olson and Hal Koerner in their constant pursuit of
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Daniel Woods finds new V13 in Peru

American boulderer Daniel Woods has established a new boulder problem while on vacation in Peru. On Sept. 24, Woods updated his social media with, “En route to Hatu Machai. Nice sunset to look at while surviving the seven-hour drive into the mountains. Psyched to see this
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James Pearson climbs Rhapsody E11

The U.K.s James Pearson has made the fourth ascent of the notoriously run-out Rhapsody E11. Pearson first attempted Rhapsody in 2008, but did not send the route. He also made remarks about the route which led to him being scrutinized by the climbing community. Pearson moved to
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Update: French Climber’s Execution

On Sept 22, French climber Herve Gourdel was kidnapped by a militant Islamic group and two days later he was executed. This is not the first time that climbers have been victims of a terrorist attack. On June 22, 2013, over a dozen militants attacked a basecamp on the 8,126-metre
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Kidnapped French Climber Beheaded in Algeria

Herve Gourdel, a French climber and mountain guide, is the latest westerner executed by a militant Islamic group. The group known as Jund al-Khilafa killed 55-year-old Herve Gourdel after a deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq ended. French president Francois
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Vid: Ontario’s Big Kahuna 5.13d

Lion’s Head is many climbers favourite limestone crag. Some of the world’s best climbers have added routes to the steep walls above Georgian Bay. If you don’t know much about Lion’s Head, visit a previous story on Gripped here. One of the classic hard
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Achilles Spire: Big 5.8 Rockies Route

Achilles Spire was established in 2012, but few know about it. For those in the know, it is one of the finer 13-pitch bolted 5.8 routes. Achilles Spire has 300 metres of relatively easy climbing. It was established by Eric Dumerac, Sid Cupido and Chad Casey on September 7, 2012.
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Vid: RMNP DWS

Check out the deep water soloing (DWS) taking place in Rocky Mountian National Park (RMNP).  
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