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Americans Climb Yamnuska Test-Piece: Blue Jeans 5.13

Americans Josh Wharton and Hayden Kennedy climb Yamnuska’s Blue Jeans 5.13. Wharton had visited the steep Yamnuska route twice before, but it was Kennedy’s first go. Neither climber is a stranger to the Canadian Rockies as both have ticked a number of the area’s
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Choriboulder -Chile’s Best Bouldering is Threatened by Mining

Found in the heart of the Chilean Andes, this quiet area has alot of potential for difficult problems and a keen local scene. Chilean climber, Carlos Lastra Barros, reached out to us to let us know that, “The area is currently threatened by a mining project that aims to
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Angie Scarth-Johnson: 10 Years Old and Crushing in Spain

Angie Scarth-Johnson has wrapped up a six-week trip to Spain where she sent dozens of hard routes, but really turned it up during the last week. “Today was my last day of climbing in Spain I managed to do another 5.13a La Sombra del Viento,” wrote Scarth-Johnson on
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Watch Sonnie Trotter Climb The Path 5.14R

A few years ago, Sonnie Trotter sent The Path 5.14R at the Back of the Lake in Alberta.  The old bolted project had fallen into disrepair and Trotter, on a traditional climbing spree, chopped the bolts and sent the testpiece on micro gear. The Path has now been climbed a number
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Dean Potter Sets New Half Dome Running Record

Dean Potter has a number of records to his name, from speed climbing to highlining, and can now be known as a ultra runner or as Potter calls it, an “ultra climber.” On May 3, 43-year-old Potter started his journey at the Sierra Point Trailhead and two hours and 17
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Chris Sharma Onsights 5.14b in Spain

Chris Sharma is one of the world’s most accomplished climbers with sends of the some of the most difficult routes in the sport. He recently onsighted a 5.14b in Catalonia, Spain. “It’s been great to just go with the flow these days,” said Sharma on his
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The Route: Hot Fuzz and Sharknado on Kanga South

The Canadian Rockies have more stone than climbers know what to do with. You only needs to stand on a summit and look in any direction to know there’s lifetimes of new routes. Sometimes, however, you need only step out of the car to find new lines. Gripped editor Brandon
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Melloblocco 2015: Europe’s Biggest Bouldering Festival

The Melloblocco festival attracts climbers from all over Europe and even a few from farther afield. It’s hands down, the biggest and best climbing festival of the year. The EpicTV climbing daily team spent last weekend at the Melloblocco festival, the highlight of the
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The Perfect Bouldering Session Is About More Than Just The Problems

It’s not every day that climbers get the opportunity to develop practically untouched bouldering areas, but on the second day of Epic Climber by EpicTV, that’s exactly what happened. EpicTV drove Hazel Findlay, Tommy Caldwell, Alex Megos, and Emily Harrington to Passy
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Sean McColl on Comp Rituals, Cycling, Piano and 2015

Sean McColl has taken off 2015 on a great foot as he recently won the Canadian National Open Bouldering Championships, defending his title as one of Canada’s top rock climbers. McColl is an extremely well-rounded climber, having climbed hard routes like redpointing Dreamcatcher
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