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Slacklife Gathers in Squamish

Slacklife B.C. Launches second Annual Assault on the Chief.  By Drew Copeland People from as far off as California and Montreal gathered at the North Gullies of the Stawamus Chief this weekend to walk the highlines.  The impetus behind the gathering is a group called Slacklife
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Wide Awake in the Bugs: stellar-looking new route

Jon Walsh is one of Canada’s leading alpine climbers. In our current issue (Aug/Sept,) he features the Bugaboos in a a photo essay. This summer he headed to the seldom-visited Pigeon Feathers and found a choice route on Wide Awake Tower. Walsh and Michelle Katadtz added
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Climbers die on Mont Blanc during tragic year

Six people went missing on the Mont Blanc massif and were discovered the following day, the group included one mountain guide. Death on Mont Blanc is unfortunatley an all-to-common occurrence. With over-eager guides and casual climbers crowding its slopes, the mountain is one of
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From Around the World: new routes and wild K2 stats!

Here is an update on what has been going on outside of Canada this summer. On May 29 and 30, American climbers John Frieh and Jess Roskelley made the first ascent of No Rest For the Wicked IV+ AI6 M7, a hard new route up the West Witches Tit in SE Alaska. For the full report
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Climbing Behind the Chief Threatened by Potential Logging

The balance between industry and recreation is always a struggle, especially in Squamish: Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. By Drew Copeland British Columbia Timber Sales (BCTS), which oversees logging in the area, is considering the sale of a timber licence for late this
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The Apocalyptic Wall: Climbed!

Jonny Simms and Chris Brazeau, both from Golden, B.C., have made the first ascent of an often-talked-about big wall on Mount Stephen in the Canadian Rockies. The Rockies have many unclimbed big walls, but few so close to the road. People have been talking about the large,
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Leclerc and Crew Rock the Waddington

Marc-Andre Leclerc has returned from a successful trip to the Waddington Range. Leclerc was in B.C.’s remote range for two weekes. He made solo link-up of Serra 5 and Asperity Mountain in an 18-hour return push from base camp, “So psyched to have completed the first
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The Cobra Lost Its Head

One of the iconic towers of the Utah desert is no more. Reports are that the Cobra Tower fell over during bad weather. The delicate pillar was first climbed at 5.11 by Jimmie Dunn in the 90s. Many climbers have encountered rock they question and most  knew the ancient rock
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Barry Blanchard’s The Calling is now available!

One of the most anticipated books of 2014, Barry Blanchard’s new book The Calling, is now available. Blanchard is not only one of Canada’s most accomplished climbers, he is also one of the most colourfull characters in the sport. In Canada, his first ascents include
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New Big Route in the Bugaboos

Tony McLane and Nathan MacDonald have climbed a new moderate on the North Howser Towers in Canada’s Bugaboos. On July 28, the pair climbed up the Shooting Gallery and crossed the Seventh Rifle to gain new ground. The route follows a large prow between The Real Mexcalito and
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