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Ice Climbers Attacked by Grizzly Bear in Rockies

Visiting climbers were attacked by a grizzly bear after a day of ice climbing. U.K. climbers Greg Boswell and Nick Bullock are currently on a trip to Canada for ice climbing. On Nov. 29, after climbing a route called Dirty Love on Mount Wilson on the Icefields Parkway, between
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Top Climbers Visit and Send Rockies Ice

The ice climbing season is in full swing in the Canadian Rockies and many top climbers have been busy swinging tools into early season ice. The U.K. team of Nick Bullock and Greg Boswell, who have climbed many hard Canadian routes on previous trips, are currently based in
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Six Rockies Classic WI6 Ice Climbs

For forty years, the Rockies have been a world-class ice climbing destination and in the words of Bugs Mckeith,"(In the ) winter of 72-73 the seeds were planted of what was to blossom into one of the most exciting things that has happened in the Rockies since the big peadks were
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Katie Bono Sends Lightning, Sets New Standard

Katie Bono has climbed a number of hard mixed routes throughout North America. With her send of The Lightning M13, she becomes the first American woman to climb the grade. Canadian Sarah Hueniken became the first North American woman to climb M13 two years ago. The route is one
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Bozeman Ice World Cup Wall Damaged by Wind Storm

Word is spreading that the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup that was to be held in December in Bozeman, Montana, might be cancelled. Over the past few days, a number of storms have moved through the Canadian and American Rockies, bringing with them snow and wind. In Canada, from
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Early Season Ice Accidents Remind Us To Play Safe

One close call and one accident resulting in numerous injuries are reminders to play safe this winter.  On Murchison Falls WI4+ on the Icefields Parkway, two climbers were rappelling at the end a day last week. On the final rappel, one climber forgot to clip into the anchor and
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New Big Mountain Routes Climbed in Nepal

The season is in full swing in Nepal and a number of big new routes have been climbed. Most recently, Mingma Gyalie Sherpa summited the unclimbed Mount Chobutse in the Rolwaling Valley. He climbed the 6,685-metre peak solo and up its massive west face. The 29-year-old took a
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Winners of the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

The 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has wrapped up in the snowy Canadian Rockies. The Great Alone, directed by Greg Kohs, which captured the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey, has won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and
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Basecamp Podcast Discussion with Andrew Wexler

Andrew Wexler is an IFMGA Mountain Guide who splits his time between mountains in Europe and ski huts in Canada. Based in Canmore, Wexler lives the life of a mountain guide and goes to where the work is. In summer, that’s in Chamonix, France, and in winter it’s in the
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New Big Alpine Mixed Route in Rockies

Ian Welsted, Maarten Van Haeren and Jay Mills have have made the first ascent of Canoeing to Cuba on Mount Storm in the Canadian Rockies. The route is named in in honour of the former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s attempt to canoe to visit Castro in Cuba.
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