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New Route on Kooshdakhaa Spire

In Feb. 2014, we announced that Canadian Max Fisher and American Erik Bonnett won the Copp-Dash Award for the  first ascent of a 700-metre spire that forms the southern summit of Kooshdakhaa in the eastern Alaska/northern Yukon Coast Mountains. By Max Fisher Over the past 21 days
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Chamonix Dispatches, July 16 – Warming Up

Chamonix is nestled into the valley between the Aiguille Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. It is widely regarded as the birthplace of alpinism and is at the cutting-edge of modern mountain sports. Gripped editor Brandon Pullan is in Chamonix for a month, at first for the
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New Denali Speed Record

The Catalan mountain Ultrarunner Kilian Jornet set a new speed record on Denali, beating the old one by more than five hours. Jornet, 26, made the roundtrip from bottom to top, about 50 km in 11 hours and 40 minutes. The old record was held by Ed Warren at 16 hours and 46
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Yamnuska Rescue

On Friday June 6, a climber was injured on Missionary Crack after a large block fell. Kananaskis Parks made an impressive heli-sling rescue to bring the man to safety and to the medical help he needed. The Kallen 34 route was originally graded 5.9, but was upgraded to 5.10b in
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Mount Rainier Tragedy

Six climbers have fallen on Mount Rainier and are presumed dead, it is one of the worst accidents ever on the Washington peak. A helicopter spotted camping and climbing gear in the avalanche-prone area. It is believed the group fell 1,000 metres from their last known whereabouts
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Quebec Climber Rescued in Colorado

Quebec’s Samuel Frappier was rescued Wednesday from Broadway Ledge on Long’s Peak, Colorado. It took 28 rescue workers to reach the ledge where the 19-year-old was. Frappier contacted park rangers with his cellphone Tuesday night, telling them he got stuck on Broadway
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Youngest Girl to Climb Everest

On Sunday May 25, 13-year-old Malavath Purna from Andhra Pradesh in India made history when she became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Purna was accompanied by 16-year-old Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar. The expedition, led by 10 Nepalese guides, took a total of 52 days and
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Japan Creates Holiday to Celebrate Mountains

Japan has more national holidays than any of its developed peers and it recently added Mountain Day to the list. Parliament passed a bill designating Aug. 11 as a day to celebrate the nation’s peaks bringing the number of holidays to 16. “Central to Japanese culture are the ocean
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Spring Link-up on Yam

Raphael Slawinski and Jesse Huey teamed up for an impressive link-up of two of Yamnuska’s classic routes. Urs Kallen and Billy Davidson climbed CMC Wall and Yellow Edge in the early 70s. The routes are the two hardest lines on the Kallen 34 list, both committing 5.11s.
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New Mexico Mountains are new National Monument

The Organ Mountains are an iconic part of the Mesilla Valley, New Mexico. This week they will be given the status of national monument. The Las Cruces Sun reports: “President Obama will sign a proclamation Wednesday establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National
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