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Ueli Steck and the 82 Summits, Part One

For a decade, Ueli Steck has been setting international standards for fast and light climbing. In 2015, Steck climbed all 82 summits of 4,000 metres or higher in the Alps in only 62 days using only his own power from start to finsih. That means no driving between objectives. This
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Canadians Receive Mugs Stump Award

The recipients of the 2016 Mugs Stump Award were announced at the Bozeman Ice Festival on Dec. 9. The award was created in 1993 in memory of Mugs Stump, one of North America’s most visionary climbers. In the 24 years since its inception, the Mugs Stump Award has provided
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Canadians Strong at First Ice World Cup of Season

From Dec. 11 to 12, the first UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup of 2015 took place in Bozeman. The North American Championships were part of the event and of the six podium spots, Canadians claimed five. Congrats to Gord McArthur, Sarah Hueniken, Noah Beek, Karlee Hall and Nathan
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Canadians Dominate North America Ice Championships

The UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup is taking place in Bozeman this weekend. There are a number of events tangled up under the Ice Climbing World Cup title. There are lead and speed cups and the North America Championships. There is also the 19th annual Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival
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Bozeman Fest and Ice World Cup this Weekend, Watch Here!

The 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup starts tomorrow in Bozeman. A few weeks ago, the climbing structure that was built for the first World Cup of the season, fell over in a wind storm. After some serious rallying by organizers, the wall has been rebuilt and the show will go on.
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Legendary Climber Doug Tompkins Dies in Kayaking Accident

Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face, dies in kayaking accident in South America. Doug Tompkins, 72, was on a kayak trip to Gerneral Carrera Lake in Patagonia in southern Chile with Yvon Chouinard, Rick Ridgeway, Western Boyles, Jim Ellison and Lorenzo Alvarez. Strong waves
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Sarah Hueniken Sets Standard With M14 Send

Canadian climber and alpine guide Sarah Hueniken has become the first North American woman to climb M14. On Dec. 7, Hueniken made the fourth ascent Will Mayo’s testpiece at Vail called The Mustang P-51, which Will Gadd made the third ascent of the previous day.
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Watch Will Gadd Send M14 on Second Try!

Will Gadd returns to The Fang Amphitheater in East Vail, Colorado, after nearly 20 years away. Gadd had established classic and hard routes at the crag, such as Amphibian M9 and Reptile M10 many years ago. he has now made the third ascent of The Mustang P-51 M14- on his second
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Rockies Ice, Tainted Love, Rectal Squirrels and Grizzly Bears

Big new routes and grizzly bear attacks have made for an exciting week in the Canadian Rockies. In the spring of 2008, Jon Walsh and Raphael Slawinski made the first ascent of Dirty Love V M7 on Mount Wilson, it was Walsh’s third attempt and Slawinski’s first. It is
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The New VIMFF/MEC Adventure Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the new Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) and MEC Adventure Grant.  The VIMFF and MEC are proud to announce a new grant to enable local explorers and adventurers to undertake their dream expeditions. The MEC Adventure
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