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New Free-Solo Slackline World Record Set on West Coast

A new free-solo slackline record was set in Squamish on August 2nd. Spencer Seabrooke walked 64 metres un-tethered across a void 290 metres deep in the northern most gully of the Stawamus Chief. By Drew Copeland “I knew it was the right time; everything felt good,” said Spencer,
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The 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and #40EpicYears

The 40th annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival starts on October 31 and celebrates #40EpicYears. Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are known for their ascents of big walls, speed records and unflinching dedication to rock climbing.The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is
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New Route on B.C.’s Mystery Mountain

Paul McSorley, Mayan Smith-Gobat and Ines Papert have climbed a new route up the Southwest Buttress of Mount Waddington. Their new route is an 800-metre 5.11+ WI3 M5 and was climbed in mid-August. Their ascent was not the first attempt at the line. In Sept. 2011, Jason Kruk and
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New Hard Route on Squamish’s Sheriff’s Badge

Tony McLane and Jorge Ackermann have made the first ascent of The Daily Universe, a new 5.12b up the Sheriff’s Badge. The Daily Universe is an extension to the already classic 5.12a route on the Sheriff’s Badge called The Daily Planet. The new nine-pitch route is the first
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Eiger: Patience for La Paciencia and a Push for the Summit

On their first ever trip up the iconic north face of the Eiger, Sasha DiGiulian and Carlo Traversi are racking up for an ascent of La Paciencia 5.13b. The 23-pitch route was first concieved in 2001 by Raul Bayard and Stephan Siegrist. It wasn’t until 2008 that the Swiss
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New Alps Mountain Running Record

In August, 2015, famed Swiss 26-year-old mountain-runner Andreas Steindl set a stunning new record in a breath-taking setting. He ran up five 4,000-metre peaks within seven hours and 45 minutes – his kind of a perfect nine-to-five day in his alpine office. He improved his
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Bugaboos’ Tom Egan Memorial Route Sent!

Will Stanhope has freed the Tom Egan Memorial Route on Snowpatch Spire in the Bugaboos. From Aug. 11 to 14, Stanhope and his partner Matt Segal climbed the 1978 Daryl Hatten and John Simpson A3 on the East Face of Snowpatch Spire, Stanhope freeing every pitch. As Stanhope
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Watch an Interview with Jon Krakauer and Jimmy Chin

Two of the climbing world’s most iconic media figures engage in a conversation with the Huffington Post. Chin and Krakauer talk about the new film Meru and Everest regrets.
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Sasha DiGiulian and Carlo Traversi Have Eiger Dreams

Sasha DiGiulian and Carlo Traversi will be trying La Paciencia on the north face of the Eiger. The 23-pitch 5.13 is the hardest climb on the Eiger and was freed in 2008 by Ueli Steck and Stephan Siegrist. There are three 5.13 pitches and five 5.12 pitches. “We have been stopped
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Ueli Steck Completes 82 Summits Challenge

The Swiss Machine has completed the 82 summits challenge in only 62 days, which is not fast enough to beat the existing record. Climbing all 82 peaks over 4,000 metres in Western Europe in only 62 days is no small feat. Add to that, Steck used only his muscle power to travel
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