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Frederica Mingolla is Italian Crusher!

Federica Mingolla has repeated Tom et je ris 5.14b in the Verdon Gorge, France. Mingolla is one of Italy’s strongest women sport climbers. Mingolla, the 20-year-old from Turin, has only been climbing for five years. She climbs between classes while studying sports sciences
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Italy’s first 5.14d repeated by Ghisolfi in 2014

Watch Stefano Ghisolfi climb Ground Zero, the famous 5.14d at Tetto di Sarre (Sarre Roof) in Aosta Valley, first redpointed by Alberto Gnerro on Sept. 11 2002. The route has had a number of repeat ascents. Gnerro said of his send, “Ground Zero is a name that evokes sad
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Hope Bouldering

Squamish’s Stu Smith has spent some time in Hope B.C. this year cleaning and climbing new boulders. Stu Smith said, “I’ve been doing a bit of development boulder wise in the beautiful area that is Hope for the past few days, I’m blown away with how much
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Alex Huber’s new hard route

On Sept. 18, 2014 Alexander Huber and Michi Althammer made the first free ascent of Wetterbock on Wetterbockwand’s Goll East Face in Austria’s Berchtesgaden Alps. Huber reports he’s climbed one of the more demanding alpine routes he’s sent. The 1,000-metre
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Chilly in Chile: new ice routes in South America

Anna Torretta and Cecilia Buil spent South America’s winter finding new ice routes around the Cerro El Marmolejo glacier in Chile. They made the first ascent of La Gioconda WI6 160 m in the valley of Cajon del Maipo.
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Urs Kallen wins Summit of Excellence 2014

Calgary’s Urs Kallen has been awarded the prestigious Summit of Excellence Award for his lifetime of achievements, contributions and mentorship in the world of climbing. Urs Kallen was born in Switzerland in 1943, and was an accomplished mountaineer by the time he arrived
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New Bugaboos Route by Olson and McAllister

Jen Olson and Tim McAllister have established a new route on the South Howser Tower. The great weather has led to excellent autumn conditions in the alpine. Olson and McAllister climbed Ethereal D+ 320 m M6 WI4R on Oct. 10, 2014. The new route climbs a nearly direct line up the
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Adam Ondra: Rock and Plastic

Adam Ondra is having a great year. In addition to onsighting 5.14d, twice in 2014, he’s redpointed Realization 5.15a and won both the bouldering and lead climbing World Championships. Never before has anyone won championships in both disciplines in the same year, and no one
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Sean McColl Onsights 5.14a

Sean McColl is hot off an impressive year of winning competitions left, right and centre. He is now settled into France and has been climbing at Col du Marocaz. On Oct. 2, McColl onsighted Putain Strates Offerts, his first 5.14 onsight. The following day, he made a one-day ascent
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Sasha DiGiulian is first female to climb this 300-metre 5.14

Sasha DiGiulian teamed up with Edu Marin to become the first woman to climb Viaje de los Locos 5.14a in Gole di Gorropu, Sardinia, Italy. The seven-pitch sport route was first climbed by Dani Andrada and Daniel Du Lac and means The Madman’s Journey. Full report from Red
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