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IFSC World Cup Grindelwald Results

The third round of the 2014 World Cup went down in Grindelwald, Switzerland on the weekend.  It was Canada’s Sean McColl’s first competition of the year and he did not make it to semi-finals, “First World Cup of the year didn’t go as I’
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Rock Divas, Climbing School for Girls

Rock Divas in Canning, N.S., is the first all girls climbing school on the east coast. The Annapolis Valley gym in the Canning Rec. Centre says, “It teaches girls physical and mental strength.” Erin Gullison, 14, said, “At first it didn’t seem like a good
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Big Wall Speed Climbing Comp, New Record

Croatia’s Paklenica 15th big wall speed comp took place Mar 3.  Brothers Jurica and his brother Perica Levatić won the event. When you think about speed climbing, you likely don’t think about Croatia. For 15 years, climbers have been gathering in Paklenica’s
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Ashima and Kai light it up at the Ring of Fire

The 2014 Ring of Fire Climbing Competition’s final round was on May 3 at Central Rock in Watertown M.A. The two young crushers who have been making headlines of late, Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi, took top spots in the open category, an amazing performance by two
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Results from Western Regional Finals

After an exciting competition at Cliffhanger climbing gym in Coquitlam B.C., the event wrapped up Easter evening. A strong field of competitors kept the comp interesting, Canmore finished with wins in four categories, Calgary in two, Coquitlam and Nanaimo with one each. Top three
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McColl and Sethna Win at Nationals

Sean McColl and Elise Sethna beat a talented field of athletes to finish first place at the 2014 Canadian Bouldering Championships at Coyote Rock in Ottawa. Report and photos by Aidas Odonelis Neither McColl or Sethna went into the finals in top spot, for the results of the
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Climbing News

The world of climbing is busy with competitions, hard repeats and first ascents. Here are a few of the stories making headlines. The Tepui  Rolando Larcer, Maurizo Ovigliz and Luca Giupponi made the first ascent up the North Face of Akopan Tepui in Venezuelza, Escalador
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Two Eight-Time Champs at ABS 15

Daniel Woods and Alex Puccio won their eighth titles at the 15th American Bouldering Society national championships. Some of America’s top boulderers gathered in Colorado Springs to compete at ABS 15. An exciting finish kept the audience on the edge of their seat.
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Hueco Tanks Roundup

The 2014 Hueco Rock Rodeo was a success, new routes were climbed and hard repeats went down. Canada’s Sean McColl placed third. The 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo had its highest turnout to date, with 175 competitors from all over the globe. The scoring works as such: the top
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Lucie Hrozova sends Baphomet, Hardest Mixed Route in Poland

Have you heard of Czech climber Lucie Hrozova? The 26-year-old is the strongest female mixed climber, anywhere. In 2013, Hrozova became the first women to climb M14 when she sent Robert Jasper’s Ironman at Eptingen, Switzerland. On Feb. 8, 2014 she sent her secon
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