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The Greenwood/Locke Gets a Second (Known) Winter Ascent

The Greenwood/Locke is one of Canada’s most classic alpine climbs. Alik Berg and Skiy DeTray have made the second winter ascent on record. It’s possible the route has been climbed in winter by others. The first winter ascent was by Raphael Slawinski and Ben Firth in
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Marc-Andre Leclerc and His Epic Patagonia Solo

Canadian Marc-Andre Leclerc has made one of the most wild solos ever in Patagonia. During his multi-month trip, he’s turned from a Patagonia rookie to a veteran of the South American destination. Leclerc has made the seventh solo ascent of Cerro Torre and the first solo of
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Ines Papert Repeats Hard Scottish Route

Ines Papert is perhaps the world’s best known German ice climber. She recently made the first female ascent of a very hard route in Scotland called The Hurting. Papert was in Scotland to speak at the Fort William Mountain Festival. Fresh off a repeat of Ritter der Kokonuss,
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Big New Ontario Ice Climbs and The Crown Jewel

Ontario has hundreds of ice climbs and despite decades of exploration there are still world-class routes being discovered close to the road. Algoma Ice Climbing By Dave Broadhead If one were to compile a small list of classic winter climbing areas then it would probably include
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YoungHye Kwon Climbs the World’s Hardest Mixed Routes

Korean mixed climber, YoungHye Kwon, recently traveled the world to climb the hardest mixed routes in one season. The routes he sent were Steel Koan M13+ in Cineplex Cave of Canadian Rockies, Mustang M14 in East Vail, U.S., IronMan M14+ in Eptingen, Switzerland, which is the
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Search Continues for Missing Climber

Parks Canada will resume their search today for the Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue Technician who went missing in an avalanche on Feb. 5. Mark Salesse was swept off a 60-metre ice pitch after a climber above triggered a small avalanche. Friday: Ice Climber Goes
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Ice Climber Goes Missing in Eerie Coincidence

A climber who went missing on the ice climb Polar Circus was on a winter training exercise with the Canadian military. He was caught in an avalanche Thursday night. Ice climber Mark Salesse, 44, went missing on the ice climb Polar Circus on the 33rd anniversary of the death of
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Leclerc and Haley Climb New Cerro Torre North Face Route

Marc-Andre Leclerc is quickly becoming one of Canada’s top alpinists. He’s been spending his 2014/15 winter in Patagonia. Colin Haley has long been one of the world’s best alpine climbers. They have established a new route on Cerro Torre’s north face.
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Ines Papert Repeats Hard Winter Route

Ines Papert has made the second ascent of Robert Jasper’s mixed winter climb Ritter der Kokosnuss M12 WI5 located high up on the Breitwangflue at Kandersteg in Switzerland. Ritter der Kokosnuss By Ines Papert For two years, I dreamed about repeating this incredibly steep
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The Mystery of Niagara Falls’ First Ascent

In 2014, a cold snap froze Niagara Falls. One year before Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken’s recent first ascent, a climber top-roped it. Had it been climbed before that? Gadd and Hueniken make the first known ascent of Niagara Falls Freddie Wilkinson spilled the beans on
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