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Revolution and Pusher Close Their Doors

The owner of the Cordless group which includes Pusher and Revolution, Clark Shelk, announced they will be closing their North America division on Dec. 19, 2014. In a blog post, Shelk went into details about the companies history and decision behind the closing. “By the end of
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The Dolomites Via della Giraffa

Watch Alex Walpoth and Titus Prinoth climb Via della Giraffa, Sass Ciampac, Puez in the Dolomites. The steep, exposed, long route made the climbers think of a giraffe’s neck.  The route was established in 2002, sans bolts and was freed in 2005 at 5.12+. A fun and bold looking
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New Black Canyon Route

In October, Chris Kalous, Stephanie Bergner and Josh Wharton climbed a new 14-pitch 5.12 in the Black Canyon of Gunnison. Wharton said of the route, “The first 5.12 pitch is one of the coolest, most unique pitches in the Black. The route climbs relatively long, because it
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Jimmy Webb in South Africa

Jimmy Webb’s sponsor Five Ten uploaded this video to the web and had this to say about it. “After Jimmy’s stellar 2013 season in South Africa, we knew the next time he had better find some more boulders to climb. Otherwise he would have to siege himself on the
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New Film: Exposure Vol. II

Exposure Vol II follows athletes Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alex Megos, Alex Puccio, and Dmitry Sharafutdinov as they push both their own personal limits and the limits of climbing. This year’s film brings you stories and ascents from around the globe including Russia,
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A look back at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Another Banff International Film and Book Festival has come and gone. There were some heart-felt films, adrenaline rush clips and lots of memorable moments during the #NineEpicDays. By Brandon Pullan The nine-day event, which takes place in the heart of the Rockies at the Banff
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Vid: The North Face, your land

Exploration is not just about the places you haven’t been, it’s about re-imagining places you have. Your Land is a celebration of these wild places that connect us to our environment, and to each other. Head outside, find a new approach, and #SeeForYourself.
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Ryan Vachon Repeats M14

As temps drop across North America, dedicated winter climbers prepare for ice and mixed climbing. Some climbers are in top form and have already sent their hardest M routes to date. One of those climbers is Boulder, Colorado-based Ryan Vachon. The 42-year-old made a name for
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Ontario Access Coalition’s 2015 Calendar

The Ontario Access Coalition has produced a calendar for 2015 using submitted photos from Ontario climbers. In 2012, Bonnie de Bruijn’s idea of having a calendar to celebrate Ontario climbing was born. Bonnie served as the director for the Ontario Access Coalition from
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Sonnie Trotter attempts to free the North America Wall

The history of big wall free climbing can be witnessed on the walls of Yosemite. Canadian Sonnie Trotter recently tried to add to that history by making the first free ascent of the original North America Wall. The North America Wall was first climbed by Yvon Couinard, Tom Frost,
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