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Canada’s Future Behemoth Mixed Climb

Gord McArthur is one of Canada’s leading mixed climbers in competition and outdoor climbing.  McArthur discovered a massive cave near him hometown of Cranbrook, B.C. Over the last few seasons, between world cups, he’s been developing what he said will be one of the
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Watch a Send of Jason Lives at Back of the Lake

Watch Nathan Leblanc-Limoges climbing a classic 5.12d/13a at Lake Louise.  Jason Lives is a classic sport route at the quartzite crag, Back of the Lake, at Lake Louise. It was first climbed by Marc Dube in 1990. With only six bolts, you have to stick clip the first two off a
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Ellis Butler Barker is Brit’s New Sender

At only 18 years old, Ellis Butler-Barker has made the second ascent of Brian 5.14c at Anstey’s Cove. This potentially makes him the youngest Brit to have climbed the grade. The route was first climbed by Ken Palmer in 2003. Ellis wrote on his blog: “I never thought
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Skiers Find Bold Line on South Goodsir

With stable spring conditions and countless unskied lines, Ian Button and Trevor Sexsmith ventured to the remote South Goodsir 3,562 metres. Ian Button has dozens of first descents and is not stranger to the topography of the Rockies. He would never call himself a
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Second Rappelling Death In A Month

As the 2015 rock climbing season begins, we’re reminded of how tragic our sport can be. Nearly a month to the day of the death of Todd Jenkins, another climber has died after a rappelling accident. Jenkins died after he fell while rappelling at the Black Velvet Wall in
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Jo.Si.To is Where to Stay at Geyikbayiri

Since 2002, the Jo.Si.To. guesthouse has been the main camp and meeting point for both local and international climbers. Situated in the heart of the climbing area Geyikbayiri, Antalya, Turkey, which was recently saved from a new mine. Jo.Si.To writes on their website:
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Watch Alex Honnold Send a Squamish 5.13+

Alex Honnold lives in his van. Sometimes down by the river, sometimes not. In 2010, he and his van spent a considerable amount of time enjoying the granite of Squamish. Here is a video that Cedar Wright put together, which does an excellent job of developing Alex’s dry,
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Watch Jakob Schubert Climbing Fight or Flight

On Dec. 31, 2014 Jakob Schubert made the third ascent of Chris Sharma’s Fight or flight 5.15b in Oliana, Spain, on his 24th birthday. Fight or Flight was Schubert’s first 5.15b and he joined a very elite group that have climbed the grade. During one day in 2014 while
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Portrait of a Mountain: Mount Louis

A profile of Banff's Mount Louis, the scene of thousands of memorable ascents since 1916.
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Video: Wild New Climbing in Tuscany Part Two

For four days, climbers visited Isola d’Elba in Tuscany, Italy and discovered the bouldering and trad climbing potential. With climbers Luca Andreozzi, Martina Blanchet, Federica Mingolla, Alberto Gotta, Alessandro Palma, Marzio Nardi and Adriano Trombetta. Watch Part One
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