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Ice Climbing World Cup Coming To America

An astounding 11 Canadians have registered to compete at the first UIAA ice climbing world cup to take place in the States. The 18th annual Bozeman Ice Festival (BIFF) includes the inaugural UIAA Bozeman World Cup and North American Ice Climbing Championships, a two-day film
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Film: First Light, “When darkness falls, there will be light”

Jesse Huey and friends take to the heights in this 2013 expedition to places few dare. Only experienced alpinists should try this at home. “It’s visionary. It’s truly on the edge of what we could call climbing,” says Jesse Huey. “You can train for
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Americans Climb New Patagonia Spire

Colin Haley recently spent time in a rarely-visited part of Patagonia on the border of Chile and Argentina. Haley, fresh from a summer in the Canadian Rockies, has made a number of trips to South America, but this is his first into the Cerro San Lorenzo massif. The mountains of
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Adam Ondra Setting New Standards

In May 2014, we reported that Adam Ondra had climbed 96 routes graded 5.14d (9a) or harder. In December 2014, Ondra climbed his 100th 5.14d or harder. The climber’s database 8a.nu posted last week that Ondra reached the benchmark. Planet Mountain followed up with an
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Results from Tour de Bloc at Altitude and The Hive

On Dec. 6, competitors went head-to-head during the fourth week of the Tour de Bloc. The two events went down at Quebec’s Altitude Gym and Vancouver’s The Hive. The fourth week of the Tour de Bloc circuit had two events take place on the same day, one in B.C. and one in Quebec.
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Hardest Mixed Pitch in North America: Sent!

Will Mayo and Ryan Vachon worked the moves to a variation to The Mustang M14- in East Vail, Colorado and Mayo took it to the top. Mayo wrote on his Facebook, “Ryan sent the rig all the way to the last bolt below the thin ice finish, took, lowered off, and said, ‘I
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Vid: Climbing in Arizona

A conversation with Matt Swartz on climbing in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona – Matt Swartz from Tamara Hastie on Vimeo.
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Mason Earl on Quebec’s Toit de Ben

In the summer of 2012, Mason Earle flashed Le Toit de Ben at Quebec’s Val David. Le Toit de Ben is a 10-metre roof crack in Quebec that was established in 1958 by Bernard Poisson. The first ascent used wood pegs, a home-made chast-harness, a hemp rope and some wood pegs.
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Robert Jasper and his hard M12 trad route

One year ago, Robert Jasper climbed a number of hard new mixed routes in Switzerland. He climbed Ritter der Kokosnuss M12, WI5 and Flying Circus M10 using a combination of trad gear and pitons. The acceptance of drilled holds (using a power drill to create pick holes) seems to be
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Tour de Bloc at Altitude and The Hive this weekend

Heading into the fourth week of the 2014/15 Tour de Bloc comp season, this weekend will be a busy one. The Tour de Bloc was established in 2003 with the aim of promoting competitive climbing in Canada through a structured bouldering circuit. Setting at The Hive It started as a
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