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Jan Hojer Crushed at Silvretta

Austrian world champion Jan Hojer recently joined Julian Wurm for some hard bouldering. Hojer and Wurm were climbing at Silvretta in Austria when they put away some difficult problems. Hojer managed to flash Freerunner V13 and Golden Gate V13. He also sent sent Momento V14, More
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The New Hive is All The Buzz in Vancouver

Though the gym has been operating for two weeks, the second Hive was “officially” opened last night on the North Shore in Vancouver.  By Drew Copeland The new 20,000 sq ft. location is over double the size of the Hive in downtown and offers a number of services beyond
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Recent Hard Sends by Canadians

Summer is in full effect in Canada and that means projects are going down from east to west. In Quebec, Olivier Turgeon has sent L’Italienne 5.13c and La Polonaise 5.13d at Kamarouska. In the fall of 2014, Turgeon sent his project of the year, Le Patient 5.14a at
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Sean McColl Finishes Top-Five at Briancon World Cup

The second stage of the 2015 Lead World Cup took place in Briancon, France on July 17 and 18. The athletes who competed at the Briancon World Cup weren’t put off by the scattered rain showers that fell on the outdoor event, which had two Canadians advance to semi-finals.
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Sean McColl in Finals at Briancon Lead World Cup

Watch the finals of the second stage of the 2015 #IFSCwc Lead World Cup in Briancon, France. Despite a close semi-finals, McColl, who was tied with  Domen Skofic and Loic Timmerans, advanced to the finals in eighth place because of qualifications’ results. Canadian Elan
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Nina Williams Climbs Her First V13

Nina Williams is one of the world’s strongest female boulderers and she recently had two major accomplishments in South Africa. Having spent the better part of the summer at Rocklands in South Africa, Williams has sent a number of hard problems, the most difficult was Ray
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Jamie Finlayson Sends His Hardest Problem To Date!

Squamish-based climber Jamie Finlayson has sent his first V13 and it was in challenging weather conditions. Finlayson sent Terminator V13 on July 9, despite less-than-perfect atmospheric conditions due to forest fires. After the send, Finlayson wrote, “There are very few
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Hard Sends in Africa and Europe

There have been a number of hard sends go down during the first week of July and here are a few. Jimmy Webb made the second ascent of Livin Large V15 in Rocklands, South Africa. After the send, Webb wrote on Instagram: “Proper last day best day! No words can fully describe
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Sean McColl

Interview with Sean McColl on 2015 Comp Season

An interview with Sean McColl from the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Chongqing where he talks about switching into “lead mode” now that the bouldering season is winding down. Sean McColl has had another banner year at speed and bouldering World Cups. With impressive
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10 Great Ascents in Canada From the Past Century

No better way to celebrate Canada Day than to look back at 100 years and 10 great ascents on Canadian soil. In 1896, Ha Ling made the first ascent of the most westward peak in the Ehagay Nakoda range south of Canmore. The peak now has a number of classic route routes, read about
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