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Competition

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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National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award Goes to Kilian Jornet

The National Geographic Adventurer of the Year was awarded to Kilian Jornet, the record-setting ultra-runner from Spain. Kilian Jornet is the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. In 2013, Jornet shocked many by setting speed records on the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
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2014 Youth World Ice Climbing Championship

The inaugural youth ice climbing championship was in 2013 in Saas Grund, Switzerland.  The 2014 youth world ice climbing championship took place in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France.  “The support of the youth is very important for the development of the sport,” said
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Sochi Olympics and Ice Climbing

The opening ceremonies are today, Feb. 7, in Sochi, Russia. Competitive ice climbers on the UIAA World Cup tour have gathered in Sochi to take part in the event. Ice climbing is being showcased at the Olympic Park. Ice climbing is not a competitive sport at the Olympics, no
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Ice Climbing World Cup in Rabenstein, Italy, Cancelled

News Release From the UIAA: Event organizers cancel UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Rabenstein, Italy, due to bad weather February 4, 2014, Bern, Switzerland: The fifth stage of the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Rabenstein, Italy, which was to  be held this week, February
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Axe Wound Nearly Benches McArthur For Season

Gord McArthur is competing at the the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. Recently, he had a road-side operation at a gas station, one that might have saved his competition year. McArthur, along with Nathan Kutcher and Jen Olson, are travelling Europe and Asia competing at the ice
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Romania Ice Climbing World Cup

Canadians Gord McArthur and Nathan Kutcher made it to semi-finals, but did not make it to the final round. The UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Busteni, Romania took place at a ski resort about 130 kilometres north of the capital Bucharest. The finals came down to the last climber,
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Tour de Bloc, Climber’s Rock

January 11, 2014, a surprise appearance from world champion Sean McColl brought big energy to the first Tour de Bloc of 2014. Climber’s Rock, Burlington, was host to the Jan. 11th Tour de Bloc. A strong group of climbers faced off, leading the charge was Sean McColl who was
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