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New Rockies Hut is Missing Link on Wapta Icefield

The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) is working hard to complete the new Louise and Richard Guy Hut. The new hut is the missing link on the Wapta Icefield for skiers traveling along the east to west ski traverse between Bow Lake and Little Yoho Valley. Volunteers have been helping
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New Pitch on Half Dome’s Damaged Northwest Face

Less than one month after a major rock-fall left a classic American route damaged, climbers have established a new pitch. The rock-fall that sent some of pitches 11 and 12 from Half Dome’s Northwest Face crashing to the valley below left many wondering if the route was too
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Karakorum and Himalayan Success and Failure

As the 2015 climbing season wraps up in the Karakorum and Himalayas, we look back at a season of death, storms and few summits. It has been a hot summer on peaks above 6,000 metres, which has left many of the trade routes in the greater ranges in dangerous condition. A number of
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Brits Griffith and Houseman Summit Link Sar

Jon Griffith and Andy Houseman have made the first ascent of the 6,938-metre west summit of Link Sar in Pakistan. The Chamonix climbers named their northwest face route Fever Pitch. Link Sar is a 7,041-metre unclimbed mountain in the Charakusa Valley between K6 and K7. For
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Paraclimbing Team Summits Eiger

A team of three British paraclimbers have accomplished their 2015 goal of climbing the Eiger. John Churcher, Alex Taylor and Jay Owen have successfully climbed the West Flank Route, assisted by Mark McGowan and Colin Gourley. Their mission was to raise awareness of paraclimbing
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Speed Flyer Dies After Take-Off in Squamish

Kyle Wolochatiuk, 40, died on Sunday, July 25, during a flight from The Chief in Squamish. Speed flying is similar to paragliding, a sport that has become very popular over the past decade in Squamish, but utilizes a smaller wing. The BC Coroner’s Service said Wolochatiuk died
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Huge New Climb is First Ascent of the Mirror Wall in Greenland

One month ago, Leo Houlding and a small team left for a remote part of Greenland’s Renland to attempt a new wall. The Mirror Wall, which faces northwest, was first explored in 2012 by a Swiss Team that established two routes, one on either side of the main face. Visi
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Bad Weather Thwarts Karakorum Summit-Bids

Recent storms have shut down attempts on Broad Peak and K2. On July 24, the well-known climber Kami Sherpa was injured on K2 from a falling rock. He suffered fractures in his shoulder, forearm and hand, but will make a recovery and is now back to safety. He was climbing from
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Martijn Seuren Dies Attempting 82-Peak Alps challenge

Martijn Seuren was with Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck when he died from a fall on Mont Blanc. Steck has been on a mission to climb all 82 4,000-metre Alps’ peaks this summer, while Seuren hoped to accomplish the feat over years. Steck, 38, was with the 32-year-old Seuren on the
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New Big Rockies Route: Bucking Horse Rider

Three Squamish-based senders have climbed a new big route on the Rockies’ Mount Louis. Mount Louis is an iconic peak near the town of Banff and is part of the Sawback Range. The first ascent was nearly 100 years ago and despite what some might think, it is hardly climbed
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