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First Flight: Canada’s newest 5.14c

Josh Muller has made the first ascent of a 2013 project bolted by Calgary’s Lev Pinter. Muller is one of Canada’s strongest climbers, having sent Bunda de Fora 5.14d and a number of V14s. His home crag is Acephale, so it is no surprise that he would send one of the
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Bozeman is now on UIAA ice comp circuit

The UIAA has announced that it will make the Bozeman ice festival an official stop on the World Cup of ice climbing. From the UIAA: The Bozeman Ice Festival® which has been held in the U.S. state of Montana since 1996 is now part of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. The UIAA Ice
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Barry Blanchard’s The Calling is now available!

One of the most anticipated books of 2014, Barry Blanchard’s new book The Calling, is now available. Blanchard is not only one of Canada’s most accomplished climbers, he is also one of the most colourfull characters in the sport. In Canada, his first ascents include
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Petzl Pad and Headlamp

Watch the two clips below to learn more about some of Petzl’s best gear for climbers.  
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Video: Looking Glass Rock

Climbing some trad at Looking Glass Rock This is the first pitch of a big aid line. Great moderate free climbing that you wish extended to the top of the cliff line. You better have a little skill at everything to be able to run up this gem.  
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New Big Route in the Bugaboos

Tony McLane and Nathan MacDonald have climbed a new moderate on the North Howser Towers in Canada’s Bugaboos. On July 28, the pair climbed up the Shooting Gallery and crossed the Seventh Rifle to gain new ground. The route follows a large prow between The Real Mexcalito and
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Finlayson’s New Working Man 5.14

Jamie Finlayson has climbed many of the West Coast’s hardest routes and recently added a new 5.14b. The July heatwave is providing perfect conditions for hard sends in Squamish. Read about Ben Harnden’s second ascent of The Bull 5.14R here. Finlayson bolted the route
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BBC Hand Documentary

As climbers, we rely on our hands. Watch this documentary which dissects a real hand, taking it apart layer by layer to reveal what makes it unique in the animal kingdom. Discover what gives our hands an unrivalled combination of power and precision. Fast-forward to about 11
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K2 Success!

A record number of climbers stood on K2 on July 26. Despite the near-perfect conditions, one climber has died at Camp Four. K2 is located on the border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang,
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New Route: Bare Essentials

For all those purists out there, check out this first ascent by Adrian Laing, nearly nude.   
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