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Rockies Ice, Tainted Love, Rectal Squirrels and Grizzly Bears

Big new routes and grizzly bear attacks have made for an exciting week in the Canadian Rockies. In the spring of 2008, Jon Walsh and Raphael Slawinski made the first ascent of Dirty Love V M7 on Mount Wilson, it was Walsh’s third attempt and Slawinski’s first. It is
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The New VIMFF/MEC Adventure Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the new Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) and MEC Adventure Grant.  The VIMFF and MEC are proud to announce a new grant to enable local explorers and adventurers to undertake their dream expeditions. The MEC Adventure
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Watch Two Climbers Send Chilam Balam 5.15

In November 2015, Dani Andrada and Edu Marín made the fourth and fifth ascents of Chilam Balam 5.15a/b. The route is 85 metres long and has 235 moves, it’s considered one of the most esthetic sport climbs in the world.
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Ice Climbers Attacked by Grizzly Bear in Rockies

Visiting climbers were attacked by a grizzly bear after a day of ice climbing. U.K. climbers Greg Boswell and Nick Bullock are currently on a trip to Canada for ice climbing. On Nov. 29, after climbing a route called Dirty Love on Mount Wilson on the Icefields Parkway, between
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Watch Some Burly Scottish Climbing

Scotland is renown for its bold and run-out climbing during very cold conditions. The rules in Scotland are simple, if a summer rock route is white with snow, neve or ice then you can strap on the crampons and bring the ice tools. Many climbs have summer and winter names and
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Watch the World Record Higline by Theo Sanson

On Nov. 15, 2015 Théo Sanson walked nearly 500 metres on a highline rigged from The Rectory to Castleton Tower in Castle Valley. Rigging the line is perhaps as significant a feat as walking it. ACROSS THE SKY – a world record slackline in the utah desert from Camp 4
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Barry Blanchard Wins Boardman/Tasker Award

Barry Blanchard’s memoir titled The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains has won the prestigious Boardman Tasker Award. Blanchard’s 2014 memoir is about a kid saved from juvenile delinquency by the mystery and challenge of the Canadian Rockies. Blanchard went on to
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Big Sends in Europe This Week by Top Climbers

Some of the world’s best climbers have been rounding off their 2015 years with big sends. Alex Megos climbed a new 5.14d in Frankenjura called Space Lap. “Might have been the last really good day in the Frankenjura,” said Megos. “And I made the best of it.
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Watch Ueli Steck Set New Eiger Speed Record

Ueli Steck has reclaimed the speed record for climbing the north face of the Eiger via the 1938 Heckmair Route. He climbed the massive wall in two hours and 23 minutes, which beat Dani Arnold’s 2011 record of two hours and 28 minutes. In 2007, Steck made headlines for
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Marc-Andre Leclerc Frees Big El Cap Route

Marc-Andre Leclerc, along with Brette Harrington and Alan Carne, have climbed the Muir Wall 5.13b/c on El Cap. They climbed Muir Wall via The Shaft variation during mid-November. Leclerc freed the entire route, while Harrington freed everything except one 5.12a move on pitch 29.
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