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Robson Gmoser, Leading Ski Guide and Adventurer, Killed in Avalanche

On March 10, Robson Gmoser was caught in an avalanche and despite efforts by other skiers, he passed away shortly after. Robson, 45, was undoubtedly one of the finest ski guides in Western Canada. On Tuesday, he was guiding at the Sorcerer Lodge near Glacier National Park. Around
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Paul McSorley and Jesse Huey’s Big New Norway Ice Route

Canadians Jon Walsh and Paul McSorley were among a few of the world’s top ice climbers, including Jesse Huey, who visited Norway’s Senja Island in February. The climbers sampled some of the island’s biggest mixed routes including Finnammen M9+ and Finnkona WI6+.
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Heard of Ball’s Pyramid? It’s Pretty Epic

Deep in the Pacific Ocean stands a huge spire of stone rising from the water and guess what, it’s been climbed. The seven-million-year-old 562-metre formation is the remnant of a shield volcano and caldera that stands about 20 kilometres southeast of Australia’s Lord
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New Ontario Rock Climbing Film

This new film will get you fired up for summer. This great video features some of Ontario’s finest sport climbing along the escarpment. Southern Ontario limestone offers very technical and heady climbing. Over the last few years, a number of long, hard routes have been
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Sarah Hueniken Climbs Hard Vail Mixed Route

Canadian Sarah Hueniken, known for her strong sends around North America, has climbed one of America’s hardest mixed lines. Near the end of February, Ryan Vachon reported on his Instagram that Hueniken sent Stratofortress M13 at Colorado’s famous Rigid Designator
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Tick Season!

Ticks are little critters that run wild in spring, especially in dry areas. They are sneaky little bugs which can bring about serious long-term health problems if not caught in time.  In Canada, we have approximately 40 species of tick, but fortunately, only a few of them can
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Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold Among the 2015 Piolet d’Or Recipients

The 2015 Piolet d'Or will be awarded to three of the most outstanding climbs from 2014.
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Marc-Andre Leclerc Solos NE Buttress of Slesse in Winter

Marc-Andre Leclerc has made the first free and first solo winter ascent of Slesse’s Northeast Buttress. He had to drytool thin ice and neve on the crux headwall.  Over the last two years, Leclerc has proved to be one of North America’s finest alpinists with major new
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Slesse’s Heart Of Darkness Climbed At Last!

Slesse Mountain is one of British Columbia’s must-climb peaks and still has a number of daring unclimbed lines. Perry Beckham, Greg Child and Joe Buszowski attempted the route in the early 1980s and dubbed the couloir between the Northeast Ridge and North Rib, the Heart of
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Slipstream 2015 Gallery

Slipstream is one of the world’s most famous ice climbs. At nearly 1,000 metres from glacier to summit, the modest WI4+ grade is trumped by the commitment, and objective hazards. First climbed in 1979 by Jim Elzinga and the late John Lauchlan, it is known by many as the
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