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Big Trad – The Rockies Modern Game

What exactly is the traditional game today depends on who you talk to. Some old-school traditionalists who say the modern game has ruined climbing. The younger generation rush to embrace modern tactics and ethics in search of ever steeper ground and harder grades.
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A Bouldering Affair – Still in Love After All These Years

Against all the odds, as well as my cheating climbing heart and the endless mountain passes separating us, I'm still head-over-heels for the bouldering in Bishop, California.
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Climbing in the Land of Legends

Mount Yamnuska over the years has remained the heartbeat of the rockies trad scene. This summer marked the 60th year for technical rock climbing in the Rockies and it all got started on this great cliff. The mountain has stood witness to four generations of climbers. Many firsts
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Out of Nowhere – Nathan Kutcher

If you looked at the roster for the men's competition this past January, you probably wouldn't have picked first-time competitor Nathan Kutcher of St. Catharines to win top honors. "Nobody in the competition had ever even heard of this guy," competition director and Ouray Ice
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The Okanagan’s Bouldering Boom

Currently, the Okanagan boasts at least 10 bouldering areas with over 1000 established problems. The rock varies from Tuolumne-style, knobby granite to RMNP-esque boulder fields filled with ridiculously featured Monashee gneiss. Settings range from lakeside escapes to higher
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Route Develpment -The First Rule of Dig Club

I had broken the First Rule of Dig Club. The First Rule of Dig Club is: you do not talk about Dig Club. The First Rule prevents the public from seeing and reacting to the removal of vegetation and therefore maintains their naïve ideas about the origin of rock climbs. It also
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Canadian Rockies Lessons – From Novice to Intermediate

In 2011, I decided I wanted to experience a new place and to explore some of the Rockies' lengendary peaks and climbs. Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was in for. The Rockies werer bigger and badder then I expected.
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Jean-Pierre Ouellet -Addicted to Cracks

In the Belle Province, almost everyone who climbs knows Jean-Pierre 'Peewee' Ouellet. The crack phenom has been on the forefront of hard trad climbing for years, not only at home, but in the States as well. But his tick list goes beyond simply doing hard 5.13 cracks. He also
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Transformation on the Troll Wall. Rock Climbing in Norway.

Above the Great Wall we encountered a pitch called The Black Cleft. Neither of us in our combined months of climbing experience had ever climbed something so brutish, dank and unprotected And more past that, until dusk found us on a small ledge with just enough wet moss to suck
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