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The Making of Frozen Titans

Imagine the worst possible conditions to make a film and you might come close to what the crew at Reel Water Productions went through to make Frozen Titans. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the cold, the wet, and the beauty of this amazing endeavour of the story of
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Will Mayo Repeats Legendary Vedauwoo Crack

Will Mayo is known for his difficult winter sends, but he is no stranger to the stone. Yasha Hai is a finger-sized roof crack that was among the first rock climbs in the world to be rated 5.13a (circa 1979). The first ascent was recorded as having been done by an anonymous
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Life Beyond Walls – Climbing in Siurana, Spain

Watch American crusher Jonathan Siegrist continue his exploration of Spain. After paying his dues on the Can Piqui Wall, J-Star sets his sights on some of the region’s more notoriously harder routes, Estado Critico, Era Vella, and Victimes del Passat.
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Watch Destination Magic Wood

Destination Magic Wood is the sequel to Destination Fontainebleau, one of the best films from 2014. Magic Wood is Switzerland’s must-visit bouldering destination. John Sherman once described it as, “It is a landslide of big boulders in a deep valley. It’s a
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Jam Rock, Chris Sharma’s Quebec Route

Watch Yanick Duguay climb Welcome to Jam Rock, one of Quebec’s hardest route. Welcome to Jam Rock was considered Quebec’s most difficult route until Chris Sharma came along and sent it. In 2010, Duguay repeated the steep route that climbs a crimpy 5.11 face to V11
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New Rockies Hut is Missing Link on Wapta Icefield

The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) is working hard to complete the new Louise and Richard Guy Hut. The new hut is the missing link on the Wapta Icefield for skiers traveling along the east to west ski traverse between Bow Lake and Little Yoho Valley. Volunteers have been helping
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Ben Moon on New Training Rungs and Rainshadow

Ben Moon has just produced some brand new campus rungs to help build a bit of power. The new rungs from Moon come in three widths, from 18 to 29 mm and are slightly longer than most conventional campus rungs to allow for a wider holding position. Another great feature of these
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An Interview with World Champion Jain Kim

Korea’s Jain Kim, 26, is ranked number one in the world and was recently interviewed by the IFSC.  Kim‘s climbing life started when she was 12 years old and was heavily influenced by her parents. “My parents enjoy hiking and climbing, and they actually met and
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Watch Ondra Climb Some Sandy Run-Outs

Watch this short film by FAKE House video production of Adam Ondra on an esthetic arete. Although he is probably most famed for his ascents in other European countries, Adam Ondra’s home crags of the Czech Republic also hold a special place for him. From time to time he
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New Pitch on Half Dome’s Damaged Northwest Face

Less than one month after a major rock-fall left a classic American route damaged, climbers have established a new pitch. The rock-fall that sent some of pitches 11 and 12 from Half Dome’s Northwest Face crashing to the valley below left many wondering if the route was too
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