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The 2015 Piolets d’Or Awards Ceremony

On April 11, the awards of the 2015 Piolet d’Or were accepted by this year’s recipients in Courmayeur, Italy. It was an evening to remember. Remember in 2014 when Canadians Raphael Slawinski and Ian Welsted won the Piolets d’Or along with Ueli Steck. The Piolets
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New Alpine Route in the Cascade Range

Colin Haley and Sarah Hart have climbed a new route on a well-known peak in Washington’s Cascade Range. Colin Haley has had a climbing-filled winter and spring with new routes in Patagonia, B.C. and now Washington. In 2013, Haley and Sarah Hart attempted to make the second
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Raphael Slawinski to Attempt Everest’s Northeast Face

Calgary-based Raphael Slawinski is one of Canada’s leading alpinists and in the spring of 2015, he’s traveling to attempt Mount Everest. Slawinski will be attempting a new route on the Northeast Face with German climbers David Gottler and Daniel Bartsch. Leaving on
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Sean Isaac’s Journey from Pro Climber to Musician

For anyone familiar with ice/mixed climbing in North America, the name Sean Isaac is synonymous with some of the sport’s hardest and earliest routes. Here’s the story of how Sean went from stein pulls to six strings. Away from the bolted caves and hard multi-pitch mixed
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Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold Among the 2015 Piolet d’Or Recipients

The 2015 Piolet d'Or will be awarded to three of the most outstanding climbs from 2014.
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Slesse’s Heart Of Darkness Climbed At Last!

Slesse Mountain is one of British Columbia’s must-climb peaks and still has a number of daring unclimbed lines. Perry Beckham, Greg Child and Joe Buszowski attempted the route in the early 1980s and dubbed the couloir between the Northeast Ridge and North Rib, the Heart of
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Newfoundland’s Huge New Mixed Route: Apocalypse Now

Will Mayo and Anna Pfaff have established one of Canada’s East Coast’s biggest and hardest mixed routes. Apocalypse Now WI7 M9 220 metres was climbed on March 7 after a number of working attempts. The route was an old project of local crusher Joe Terravecchia. Will
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Rarely Formed Rockies Route is Big and Classic

In the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies is a big ice climb, which has only formed a few times since the first ascent in the late 1990s. Conrad’s Coloumn is a nearly 500-metre ice climb near Mount Robson. Its tiered pitches offer mostly steep climbing with reportedly
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New Traditional Mixed Routes in Quebec

With spring only a few weeks away, it seems the long days are providing perfect conditions for new routing in Quebec. On March 5, Jean Francois Girard and Carl Darveau climbed two new mixed lines in La Vallée Du Bras Du Nord, Québec. By Jean Francois Girard Carl Sent me an email
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Karlee Hall: Canada’s Future Mixed Champion

Karlee Hall is a B.C.-based climber who’s being coached by one of Canada’s best and is now proving her future is bright in the winter sport of mixed climbing. Team Canada athlete Karlee Hall of Jaffray, B.C. competed at the UIAA’s World Cup Ice Climbing
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