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Quebec’s New Wall is Big and Splitter

Quebec has some of the best rock climbing in Canada and while many think the potential has been tapped out, a new wall on Lac du Cap proves otherwise. Serge Alexandre Demers Giroux and friends explored a new wall, similar in appearance to Ontario’s Bon Echo, on May 16. The
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John Lauchlan Award Recipients Climb New Yukon Routes

The 2014 John Lauchlan Award recipients have returned from a successful trip to a remote part of the Yukon. Jay Mills, Eamonn Walsh and Carl Diehl (in place of Steve Holeczi) spent the better part of a month in the rarely-visited Kluane Mountains in the southwest corner of the
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Epic Climber Series: Watch Tommy Caldwell Climb an Ice-Covered Crack

EpicTV’s Epic Climber series is about to wrap up and for the final climb, they push some of our favourite climbing stars to the limit. The conditions might have seemed perfect as the four climbers arrive at the summit of Chamonix’s Aiguille du Midi, but on the rock,
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Squamish Rockfall: No Sign of Major Instability One Month Later

On April 19, Squamish experienced its biggest rockfall event in over 60 years and one month later, experts say the area is not in for any surprises. The rockfall occurred on the north walls of The Chief around mid-day on April 19. Luckily, no one was hurt from the event, but it
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New Route on Alaska’s Mount Lucifer

John Frieh has made a number of trips to Alaska’s Stikine Ice Cap and on almost every trip climbs a new route. In May 2015, Frieh was joined by Doug Shepherd for the first ascent of the north face of Mount Lucifer 2,300 metres. Frieh’s first trip to the Stikine was in
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Kogarashi: New Alpine Route on Northeast Face of Rockies’ Storm Mountain

Yamada Toshiyuki and Takeshi Tani have spent that last month alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and finished things off with a new route on Storm Mountain 3,191 metres. Toshiyuki and Tani climbed their new route up the northeast face of Storm Mountain this past weekend. They
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Update: Ethan Pringle on Jumbo Love 5.15b

A week ago, we reported that Ethan Pringle was busy projecting the Clark Mountain test-piece Jumbo Love, a route he first tried nearly five years ago. Update: DPM reports that Pringle sent Jumbo Love, the hardest route in America, on May 17. For the full story, visit here. Making
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Himalayas Drop in Height From Earthquake

The May 12 earthquake in Nepal not only shook the ground, but it moved the surrounding mountains. The Himalayas sank three feet and in many areas up to five feet, but geologists say the mountains will return to their pre-quake height. The European Space Agency captured before and
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Logan Barber’s First Free Ascent of China’s Hardest Crack!

Some exciting news coming out of China – last week Australian Logan Barber sent The Firewall in Liming, at a grade of 5.13d+.  Photographer and writer, Garrett Bradley, touched base with us this week about a historical send by Logan Barber. “This is the third pitch of the
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Another Earthquake in Nepal, Closer to Everest

It’s been less than a month since a 7.8-magnitude quake devastated the capital of Nepal and hundreds of smaller settlements throughout the country killing more than 8000 people. The epicentre of the 7.3-magnitude May 12 earthquake was 86 kilometres from Namache Bazar, the
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