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New route in Central Garhwal by Jim Elzinga and Steve House

The Alpine Mentors have been in India’s Central Garhwal for nearly a month. Despite some bad weather, they have climbed a new route. Jim Elzinga and Steve House have climbed the previously unclimbed southwest face of Brahamasar II, 1,000 metres. A message came from
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Rockies Earthquake Confirmed

A small earthquake has been confirmed near the mountain town of Banff, in the Bow Valley. The 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded roughly four kilometres southwest of the town site, about 20 kilometres west of Canmore. Natural Resources Canada says it happened today at 5:42
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Nepal Avalanche: 28 dead and search continues

The recent avalanche in Nepal has killed at least 28 people, including four Canadians. The search continues and Canadians anxiously await messages from loved ones. There are a number of people still missing. They are from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and a number of
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UPDATED Nepal Avalanche: Four Canadians and over 20 others have died

Four Canadian trekkers are among 20 people who have died in an avalanche in Nepal’s Annapurna region. Rescue efforts are ongoing, but reports say over 100 are stranded and dozens are missing. The avalanche on Wednesday killed at least four Canadians in the Annapurn
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Urs Kallen wins Summit of Excellence 2014

Calgary’s Urs Kallen has been awarded the prestigious Summit of Excellence Award for his lifetime of achievements, contributions and mentorship in the world of climbing. Urs Kallen was born in Switzerland in 1943, and was an accomplished mountaineer by the time he arrived
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New Bugaboos Route by Olson and McAllister

Jen Olson and Tim McAllister have established a new route on the South Howser Tower. The great weather has led to excellent autumn conditions in the alpine. Olson and McAllister climbed Ethereal D+ 320 m M6 WI4R on Oct. 10, 2014. The new route climbs a nearly direct line up the
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Korra Pesce sessions the Grande Jorasses

Chamonix-based Korra Pesce has been at the cutting edge of alpine climbing in the Alps for years. This fall, he has focused on the Grande Jorasses and the great alpine conditions. Pesce started his season on the Grande with a solo of the 800-metre Polish Route M6 in just over two
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Brits climb Mount Alberta’s North Face

Visiting U.K. climbers make third ascent of route on Mount Alberta’s North Face. Nick Bullock and Will Sim have made a rare ascent of the north face of the 3,619-metre Mount Alberta via the 2008 route climbed by Steve House and Vince Anderson. Nick Bullock’s blog Will
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Greenland/Baffin Report

Nicolas Favresse, Olivier Favresse, Ben Ditto and Sean Villanueva have returned from their lengthy trip to Greenland and Baffin Island. The climbers had a run-in with a polar bear, experienced nasty conditions and climbed 10 new routes, all from their sailboat. On Planet
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New Squamish 5.12 on The Pulpit

Paul McSorley and Will Stanhope have climbed a new route on The Pulpit, left of the Slhanny in Squamish. The route was a combination of efforts from a number of climbers. The new route called Industry Standard 5.12 climbs The Pulpit, a feature with a sharp prow on its left side
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