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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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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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