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New Hard Rockies Mixed Route

In the early 1980s, Jim Elzinga and party climbed a new route up the northeast face of Cirrus Mountain. Cirrus is famous for its west facing Polar Circus and Weeping Wall. In 2011, Elzinga and Gripped editor Brandon Pullan climbed a new route in the valley below the northeast
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Leclerc links two huge Rockies ice routes by lunch

Marc-Andre Leclerc started ice climbing when he was 15. The now 22-year-old has made a name for himself by climbing fast and using a combination of solo/rope-solo techniques up many of Canada’s classic routes. Two of the main attractions during the Rockies’ ice
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Leclerc and Lavigne Climb Wild Thing

Squamish-based Marc-Andre Leclerc and Rockies-based Joshua Lavigne make a rare ascent of Wild Thing VI WI4 M7 1,500 metres on Mount Chephren. Leclerc has been visiting the Rockies for most of November. He climbed a new route with Jon Walsh, The Plum WI6 M7 120 m, soloed Sacre
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New Rockies Mixed Route: Warm Wet Comfort

Kris Irwin and Jay Mills have climbed a new one-pitch mixed route above Emerald Lake in the Rockies. Irwin, owner of Rockies Ice and Alpine Specialists, and Mills, owner of Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides, teamed up for the first ascent of this moderate, fun looking mixed route
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A look back at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Another Banff International Film and Book Festival has come and gone. There were some heart-felt films, adrenaline rush clips and lots of memorable moments during the #NineEpicDays. By Brandon Pullan The nine-day event, which takes place in the heart of the Rockies at the Banff
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Hard New Mixed Route in Rockies by Walsh and Leclerc

A warm fall led to the latest start to a Canadian ice season in a few years, if not a decade. In the Rockies, a deep-freeze has got ice climbers finally swinging their tools. Jon Walsh and Marc-Andre Leclerc have established a hard new mixed route in Storm Creek. Walsh has been
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Interview with Jeff Lowe

Jeff Lowe  is considered one of the pioneers of waterfall and alpine ice climbing in North America. Jeff’s climbing career spans six decades and he is known for his visionary climbs and alpine style philosophy. Jeff has made over 1,000 first ascent. Jeff Lowe is in Banff
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Six Early Season Ice Climbing Tips

Ice climbing season is right around the corner. This is a good time of year to get you and your gear ready for the season. Here are six ice climbing tips from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) pros at  at Rockies Ice Specialists in Banff. 1 – Start hanging off of
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Gripped is at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

The world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall in Banff. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre. Gripped will be
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Stanley Headwall Action

Banff’s Kris Irwin hiked into the Stanley Headwall on Thursday Oct. 30 and found thin conditions. Nevertheless, Irwin and partner climbed a six-pitch mixed route at the end of the valley. “It isn’t in the guidebook, but it’s been climbed. There were old
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