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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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Squamish Buttress, new pitches

Two new pitches have been added to the top of the Squamish Buttress on the West Coast’s granite landmark. Drew Dochstader and Paul Ludolph have cleaned and climbed two 5.10 pitches above the last pitch of the classic route Squamish Buttress. From Squamish climbing: The new
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Yosemite’s Unemployment Line Freed

The Unemployment Line on Mount Broderick in Yosemite was first climbed 1982 by Alan Bartlett, Jim May and Stever Gerberding. Shaun Reed and Scott Nelson made the first free ascent of the route on April 24, Cedar Wright and James Lucas made the second free ascent a week later.
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New Route on Alaska’s Mount Johnson

Americans Ryan Jennings and Kevin Cooper climbed a new route on Alaska’s Mount Johnson from May 1 to 4.  Based on the Ruth Glacier, the pair climbed the Stairway to Heaven VI, A1, M6, WI4, AI5+X with support from the Mugs Stump Award. Jennings wrote on his socia
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New Route on Huntington by Mayo and Wharton

Mount Huntington has long been one of the most sought-after alpine peaks in Alaska. Canadians Nick Buda and Bryce Brown recently climbed The Harvard Route and reported great conditions. Will Mayo posted this on social media on May 12: “Josh Wharton and I climbed a new route
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Return to Everest (climbers fly to camp two)

After the April avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas on Everest, many people assumed no one would return to the Nepalese side of the mountain this year. Two climbers, from the U.S. and China, have flown by helicopter above the Khumbu Icefall, therefore passing the greatest objective
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Bad Alaska weather? Write a song! The Kichatna Blues debut

Renee Lavergne and Nancy Hansen were stuck in a tent in the Kichatna Mountains of Alaska, in the rain, for 17 days straight. They did not have a book or iPod. For entertainment, they wrote, performed and recorded a song called the Kichatna Blues. Hansen and Lavergne were hoping
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The 2014 Chamonix Mountain Festival

The second annual Chamonix Mountain Festival runs from June 29 to July 6, 2014.   The Chamonix Mountain Festival is a gathering for like-minded climbers: • Friendly atmosphere – organised by mountaineers for mountaineers • No age limit, no grade limit • One great all
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