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How To Know If You’re A Climber

Do you stick out like a sore thumb in public? Do you spend more time outside than you do inside? Well then, you might be a climber.
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Watch the Short Film “Meeting Tom Bolger”

Tom Bolger might be one of the world’s strongest climbers you have never heard about. After sending 5.15, he was sidelined with a serious back injury. Following his injury and subsequent recovery, Bolger talks about his chosen lifestyle, evolved entirely around his love for
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Vikki Weldon Sends Hard Squamish Crack

Vikki Weldon has climbed her hardest gear climb to date with her send of Adder Crack. On Fri. July 17, Vikki pieced together the difficult moves of one of Squamish’s 5.13a cracks called Adder Crack, and joined a small group of Canadian women who have sent a 5.13 gear climb.
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Sean McColl Finishes Top-Five at Briancon World Cup

The second stage of the 2015 Lead World Cup took place in Briancon, France on July 17 and 18. The athletes who competed at the Briancon World Cup weren’t put off by the scattered rain showers that fell on the outdoor event, which had two Canadians advance to semi-finals.
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The 2015 Jackalope Competition

The Jackalope Festival took place in Montreal from July 17 to 19 and featured a number of action sports. The event had skateboarding, BMX and climbing competitions and drew thousands of people to spectate and participate. The climbing competition took place on a World Cup-style
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Old Shannon Falls Route is Re-Cleaned

The rapid growth of vegetation in Squamish means routes must be kept up-to-date and climbed regularly or they’ll be lost beneath moss and shrubbery. Kris Wild recently unearthed Jump to Lightspeed near Shannon Falls in Squamish. “Just wanted to let folks know that I
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Sean McColl in Finals at Briancon Lead World Cup

Watch the finals of the second stage of the 2015 #IFSCwc Lead World Cup in Briancon, France. Despite a close semi-finals, McColl, who was tied with  Domen Skofic and Loic Timmerans, advanced to the finals in eighth place because of qualifications’ results. Canadian Elan
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Ontario’s New Big Thunder Wall Has A Multi-Pitch 5.12

The Big Thunder Wall is a 75-metre basalt cliff in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and has yielded a number of difficult long routes. In the early 2000s, Jeff Hammerich and Dave Benton climbed a dozen new routes at an area known as Lost Falls. A number of sport routes and other long
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Evan Hau Sends Hard New Rockies Route

The Canadian Rockies have thousands of sport routes, but with so much untouched rock it’s easy to find new and esthetic routes close to home. Calgary-based crusher Evan Hau recently found a new wall to develop and called it the Apocalypse Cave. The first route Hau developed
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The Osprey Inspire Video Contest and a Rad Film

In light of this year being the 40th anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Alberta, Osprey is putting on a video challenge. Get a chance to fly to, stay at and attend the 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, and win ultralight Osprey Ozone packs and
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