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Florine Sets Yosemite Record

Hans Florine has made the first one-day solo ascent of Triple Direct on El Capitan. Fifty-year-old Florine climbed the route in temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. He started climbing just before 6 a.m. and rope-soloed each pitch except for the easy terrain. He reached the top
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Flashback to Rockies Golden Era and Trotter’s New Route

The Rockies are full of old projects, routes that were too technically difficult to free at the time. Urs Kallen told Sonnie Trotter about one such project. By Sonnie Trotter In 1975 three Rockies legends scoured The Bow Valley in search of the next great aid line. At the time,
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World Cup Briancon: finals cancelled due to weather

The IFSC Lead World Cup tour stopped in Briançon, France. Rich with history since its start as a Roman village, this small Alpine city and its famous citadel provide a picturesque background. A thunderstorm forced event organizers to cancel the final round of the Briancon World
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Squamish Mountain Festival: It’s about the journey

The Squamish Mountain Festival, presented by Arc’teryx, is taking place on Canada’s West Coast this weekend. Lauren Watson has been covering the event for Gripped and she reports that the event is a combination of inspirational talks mixed with hilarious
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New Rockies Route: Miner’s Waltz in C (hoss) Sharp (with a) Minor

Ian Welsted and Sam Eastman have established the first route up the north face of Lawrence Grassi Peak above Canmore. It is hard to believe that this big face has never seen an ascent. Climbers have tried it in winter, but with no luck. Welsted and Eastman climbed the back of Ha
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New Cheakamus four-pitch sport route

Conny Amelunxen and Tennessee Trent have established a new four-pitch 5.11 north of Squamish. The Dingo At My Baby 5.11a is a fun looking new 5.11 that was cleaned, bolted and climbed in the spring of 2014. The route is in Cheakamus Canyon between Squamish and Whistler. As
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Squamish: Big Route Discovered from Highline

A new six-pitch 5.11+ has been established to the left of the famous Rock On in Squamish. Stu Smith was walking his highline between the Opal and the top of the Apron three years ago when he spotted a potential route. In spring 2014, he returned and spent time cleaning the wall.
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World’s strongest female boulderer is 13: The Future is Here!

The 13-year-old bouldering phenom Ashima Shiraishi has sent the hardest v-grade by a female climber. The send has put her in top-spot as the world’s strongest female boulderer. UPDATE: Shauna Coxsey has sent New Base Line 8B+ (V14) becoming the third female to send the
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Hetyei makes hardest send by a Canadian Woman!

Josie Hetyei has become the first Canadian woman to climb 5.14b after sending one of Horne Lake’s hardest routes. By Jamie Chong Josie Hetyei started working ADATO last year after sending many of the other 5.14s at Horne Lake. She redpointed Northern Man last October, which
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Cory Hall (1989-2014)

Canadian climber Cory Hall has died in a climbing accident in Peru while climbing the 5,885-metre Mount Piramide. I first met Cory during one of his Rockies trips. He rolled into Canmore to climb some of the bigger mountains, some of the classic routes. I knew when I met him that
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