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Out of This World at Helmcken Falls with Interstellar Spice

Interstellar Spice might be Canada’s longest and most difficult pitch of its kind. World-class climbers Klemen Premrl and Tim Emmett recently spent a week at Canada’s remote Helmcken Falls in B.C establishing Interstellar Spice. The area has been on the map for a few
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Watch Coastal B.C. Ice Climbing on the Duffey

The 2016 ice season has been off to a great start in the Coast Mountains. Loose Lady is a classic 150-metre WI4+ near Lilloet. First climbed in 1985 by Carl Austrom and John Howe, the long route is hard to spot from the road by a must-climb classic on the West Coast. Duffey Lake
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Black Diamond Carabiner Recall

Black Diamond Equipment has voluntarily issued a recall, subject to user inspection, of carabiners, quickdraws and nylon runners because of the possibility of product irregularities. In some carabiners, the gate rivets (in solid gate carabiners) and wire ends (in wiregate
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Canadians Sending in Japan, Scotland, Patagonia and Tasmania

Some of Canada’s top climbers have gone abroad for ice, rock and icy rock.  First was a trip to Scotland for the icy rock. Alpine climbers Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski were invited to the annual BMC winter festival. The two Piolet d’Or-winning climbers became
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Canadians at Final Ice World Cup of 2016

The final Ice Climbing World Cup of 2016 has wrapped up in Rabenstein, Italy. A number of Canadians made the trip to Italy for the big event. The overall winners were Korean Han Na Rai Song for the women and Slovenian Janez Svoljsak for the men. For Canadian women in
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Big Sexy’s Yodel is Rockies Newest Mixed Route

Ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies is reaching mid-season and climbers are finding new ground to swing and scratch their way up. In B.C., a popular climbing area is the Yoho Valley Road where the big ice climb Takakkaw Falls is found. The area has dozens of mixed and pure ice
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Ice Climbing Welcomed at Youth Olympics 2016

The UIAA has announced that ice climbing will be part of the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. From Feb. 12 to 21, top youth athletes in a number of sports will be heading to Norway to compete. Ice Climbing will part of the Sjoggfest (meaning snow festival and
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Tom Ballard Sends New European D15-

Tom Ballard has sent his new D15- project in the Italian Dolomites. Tom Ballard is the son of the famous alpinist Alison Hargreaves, who died on K2 in 1995 at the age of 33. Alison was pregnant with Tom with she climbed the north face of the Eiger. In the winter of 2014/15,
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New Fitz Roy Route and Patagonia Season Highlights

Like many Patagonia seasons previous, this is a busy one with a number of big sends. The most recent news is the big new route climbed by Quinn Brett, Max Barlerin and Michael Lukens. Called a “mega line” on Pataclimb.com, the new route climbs 13 pitches on the south
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Watch Climbing on B.C. Ice Bergeron Falls

Bergeron Falls is a 100-metre route set in a one-of-a-kind amphitheatre close to Tumbler Ridger, B.C. This Northern B.C. route is must-climb for those looking to tick Canadian classics off their list.
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