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Speed Flyer Dies After Take-Off in Squamish

Kyle Wolochatiuk, 40, died on Sunday, July 25, during a flight from The Chief in Squamish. Speed flying is similar to paragliding, a sport that has become very popular over the past decade in Squamish, but utilizes a smaller wing. The BC Coroner’s Service said Wolochatiuk died
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Huge New Climb is First Ascent of the Mirror Wall in Greenland

One month ago, Leo Houlding and a small team left for a remote part of Greenland’s Renland to attempt a new wall. The Mirror Wall, which faces northwest, was first explored in 2012 by a Swiss Team that established two routes, one on either side of the main face. Visi
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Bad Weather Thwarts Karakorum Summit-Bids

Recent storms have shut down attempts on Broad Peak and K2. On July 24, the well-known climber Kami Sherpa was injured on K2 from a falling rock. He suffered fractures in his shoulder, forearm and hand, but will make a recovery and is now back to safety. He was climbing from
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Martijn Seuren Dies Attempting 82-Peak Alps challenge

Martijn Seuren was with Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck when he died from a fall on Mont Blanc. Steck has been on a mission to climb all 82 4,000-metre Alps’ peaks this summer, while Seuren hoped to accomplish the feat over years. Steck, 38, was with the 32-year-old Seuren on the
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New Big Rockies Route: Bucking Horse Rider

Three Squamish-based senders have climbed a new big route on the Rockies’ Mount Louis. Mount Louis is an iconic peak near the town of Banff and is part of the Sawback Range. The first ascent was nearly 100 years ago and despite what some might think, it is hardly climbed
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Kate Rutherford and Jasmin Caton Climb New Remote Alpine Routes

The Leaning Towers in are remote and rarely-visited granite peaks in B.C.’s interior. By Jasmin Caton Kate Rutherford and I just returned from a week-long trip to the Leaning Towers in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. We enlisted the services of Stephen Senecal as a
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Karakorum Storm: Death on Broad Peak and K2 Climbers Stalled

It is summit-push season in the high Karakorum and while climbers approach the tops of Broad Peak and K2, a storm is wreaking havoc. Heavy snows and warm temperatures are to blame for a recent avalanche below Camp 1 on Broad Peak that injured several climbers and took the life of
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The 2015 Arc’teryx Climbing Academy in Squamish

The Arc’teryx Climbing Academy took place in Squamish this past weekend with sold-out events and clinics at a number of outdoor and indoor venues. by Drew Copeland It isn’t often that menacing rain saves a climbing event in Squamish, but that’s how the
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Climbers Face the Flames and Extinguish Squamish Fire

On June 26, James Hillier, Jessie LaFleure, Andre Muller, Ava Gardner, Mike Shives, and mystery man Tucker, rappelled into a fire in Squamish and extinguished it. The June 26 blaze was one of many that’s been popping up around the world-class climbing destination, which has
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Half Dome Rock Fall Scars Classic Route

Less than a few months after a large rockfall event on The Chief in Squamish, a Yosemite route suffers from massive geologic event. Yosemite has had its fair share of rockfall events over the past century, but the most recent occurred on one of the valley’s most popular
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