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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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Ashima Shiraishi Sends in Norway

Ashima Shiraishi has been spending the first part of the summer in the Netherlands. With Kai Lightner, the pair visited the Flatanger Cave in Norway. The strong American duo had to deal with soaking wet holds that seeped uncontrollably. After a week of projecting difficult, and
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Haiyang World Cup, Two First-Time Champions

The second Asian 2015 IFSC World Cup Series took place in Haiyang on Friday and Saturday. Canadians climbed well, but no one advanced to semis. Stacey Weldon placed 21st after the qualifying round and wrote on her Facebook page: “Well, I made some pretty silly mistakes
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Daniel Woods Crushing in Rocklands

Daniel Woods is one of the world’s strongest boulderers and he’s been busy sending some of Rockland’s most difficult problems. This week, Woods climbed one of Alex Megos’ new routes called Devil Wears Prana V12, which was powerful V10 climbing to a V10
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Rock the Blocs Bouldering Festival 2015 a Huge Success

Three years after the first Rock the Blocs took place and this festival just keeps getting bigger and better. By Andy White – Rock the Blocs Founder and Organizer It’s strange to think that just a few years back, this event was hatched as a way to get a few more
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Sean McColl Wins Gold At China World Cup

Sean McColl finishes in first place as Canadians keep their momentum from the Vail World Cup moving in Chongqing this weekend. It was the first Asian stop of the 2015 IFSC World Cup and it took place in Chongqing on the summer solstice and despite some hot temperatures, athletes
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