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Film: Bala Bala!

A short film called Bala Bala tells the story about Klemen Becan’s contribution to the Slovenian climbing scene through developing a climbing area called Osp. Its most famous crag, where the hardest rock climbing routes are found, is called Pajkova Streha, which means
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Climbing in China

China is home to the world’s greatest concentration of karsts: rocky spires and spillways shaped over time by the elements. For some climbers, scaling these challenging natural sculptures is the experience of a lifetime.
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Gabriele Moroni repeats Italian test-piece

In 2010, 17-year-old Adam Ondra established Goldrake 5.15a. In October, 2014 the route was finally repeated. Gabriele Moroni projected the route longer than he’d ever projected a route before. The 27-year-old has climbed 12 5.14ds and this is his second 5.15a. Moroni
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Nanga Parbat: video of Moro’s and Gottler’s attempt

Simone Moro and David Göttler attempted to climb Nanga Parbat 8,125 m in the winter of 2014. The climbers left in December 2013 for one of the toughest expeditions on earth, during the coldest and most demanding season: the Nanga Parbat ascent. The ninth tallest mountain in the
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Steve House and the Alpine Mentors

Alpine Mentors promotes alpinism by encouraging, coaching and climbing with technically proficient young alpinists who aspire to climb the world’s greatest mountains in a lightweight, low-impact style. Steve House became a climber thanks to a climbing mentor. From that
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New Yosemite Speed Record

American Libby Sauter and New Zealander Mayan Smith-Gobat have climbed their way to a new female speed record. They might head back up on Friday for another attempt. The pair knocked off 34 minutes from the old record and now stands at 5:02, despite some setbacks. El Cap Report
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Mick Fowler Climbs New Himalaya Route

Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden have made the first ascent of the northeast face Hagshu in the Indian Himalaya. Last year, the pair climbed the 6,451-metre peak Kishtwar Kailash. The mountain lies in a remote valley and is the highest peak in East Kishtwar. Fowler and Ramsden
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Alex Megos, Sonic Kaboom!

Alex Megos is proving time and time again that he is one of the world’s leading sport climbers. On Oct. 22, Megos nabbed the first ascent of Sonic Kaboom 5.14d in the Germany’s Frankenjura. Having attempted the route before his recent trip to Greece, conditions were
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Shoulder Season: Rockies ice is forming

The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the world’s most famous ice routes. A warm fall has postponed many of the early routes from forming on schedule. Many climbers have headed south for the fall shoulder season, in search of warmer temps. There are always a dedicated
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Climbing Vertical Chalk Cliffs with Ice Axes

Ten of the world’s best ice climbers took on the challenge of ascending sheer cliffs of chalk – one of the most difficult rock types to climb – as the first ever Red Bull White Cliffs competition came to the Isle of Wight. The U.K. is the only place where chalk cliffs can
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