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Brette Harrington Solos Patagonia Route

American alpinist Brette Harrington has arrived in Patagonia for the winter. On her Instagram, she reported soloing the classic route called Austriaca on Aguja de l’S. The route was first climbed in 1987 by Hans Bärnthaler and Ewald Lidl from Austria. Pataclimb.com has
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Big Sexy’s Yodel is Rockies Newest Mixed Route

Ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies is reaching mid-season and climbers are finding new ground to swing and scratch their way up. In B.C., a popular climbing area is the Yoho Valley Road where the big ice climb Takakkaw Falls is found. The area has dozens of mixed and pure ice
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Ice Climbing Welcomed at Youth Olympics 2016

The UIAA has announced that ice climbing will be part of the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. From Feb. 12 to 21, top youth athletes in a number of sports will be heading to Norway to compete. Ice Climbing will part of the Sjoggfest (meaning snow festival and
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David Lama and Conrad Anker Attempt Nepal Peak

In Nov. 2015, David Lama and Conrad Anker climbed to a new highpoint on the headwall of Lunag Ri, a 6,907-metre peak on the border of Nepal and Tibet. The Austrian-American team gave everything to be the first to reach the virgin summit. In the end, due to freezing temperatures
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New Fitz Roy Route and Patagonia Season Highlights

Like many Patagonia seasons previous, this is a busy one with a number of big sends. The most recent news is the big new route climbed by Quinn Brett, Max Barlerin and Michael Lukens. Called a “mega line” on Pataclimb.com, the new route climbs 13 pitches on the south
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Nanga Parbat Winter Team Calls it Quits

The Nanga Light team with a Canadian connection have turned around from camp four. In 2015, Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz were only 300 metres from the summit of the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat when they turned around. They were one of many teams who had attempted the first
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Colin Haley Solos Torre Egger in Patagonia

American alpinist Colin Haley has made a solo ascent of the 2,685-metre Patagonia peak Torre Egger. The ascent comes five years after his first solo of Aguja Standhardt and years of being a cutting-edge alpinist. It took Haley 16-and-a-half hours to climb Torre Egger and he made
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Short Story on Chris Snobeck’s Mustang M14- Send

Chris Snobeck from Denver recently sent The Mustang P-51, an M14- in Colorado. Story by Sam Sala Tying in, Chris flashes me the same laser-focused, yet serene smile I’ve seen so many times, the one that always seems to tell me this will be the go that counts. This burn, his
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Happy 93rd Birthday Fred Beckey!

Fred Beckey is one of the world’s most accomplished climbers and turned 93 on Jan. 14, 2016. Born on Jan. 14, 1923, Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey has established new routes all around the world, authored a number of best sellers and continues to get out into the mountains. In
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Free Mountain-101 Course from U of A

University of Alberta is currently developing Mountains 101­­, a 10-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) teaching a comprehensive overview of Mountain Studies. Mountains 101 will cover an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical, biological and human
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