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Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2014

17TH ANNUAL VIMFF STAYS TRUE TO ITS CLIMBING ROOTS The 17th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) gets under way on February 7, celebrating nine days of fantastic adventure films and presentations. The festival seems to grow in size each year, with 23
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The Anchor Guru

Brent Peters is a climbing guide and guidebook author of Icelines, but he is also leading the charge on updating anchors on ice climbs. From Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, climbers rely on pre-placed bolts as anchors. Anchor standards have changed over the last four decades.
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MEC Ice Climbing Festival

 Western Canada’s Premier Ice Climbing Festival Banff is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. With three ski hills within an hour drive and dozens of world class ice climbs it is no wonder why Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is having their ice climbing festival
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Patagonian Peak Gets First Ascent by Canadian/American Team

Squamish locals Will Stanhope, Paul McSorely and Marc-Andre Leclerc, along with American Matthew Van Biene have summitted a new peak. Despite a bad season around southern Patagonian peaks such as Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, northern Patagonia was in great condition in early January
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Vancouver Rescue Leader Dies on Mount Seymour

North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones passes away at Vancouver’s Mount Seymour. A North Shore Rescue (NSR) press release on January 19 said, “Tim passed away on the trail on Mt. Seymour after completing team business at our cabin. We extend our deepest condolences to
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Canadians Climb Patagonia’s Newest Must-Climb Route

January 2014, Super Domo, WI5, M6, 500 metres. The weather in Patagonia for the 2013-2014 season can be summarized as non-cooperative. Colin Haley’s recent blog says, “The 2013-2014 season in El Chalten continues to be a cold and stormy one. Since my arrival in mid
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Honnold Solos Mexican Big Wall

Alex Honnold starts 2014 with a 500-metre solo. Honnold soloed El Sendero Luminoso in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, in only three hours. Honnold and Cedar Wright climbed the route four times, cleaning it and rehearsing the moves. They added 300 metres of climbing to the true summit
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Nancy Hansen Receives Guy Lacelle Award

January 2014 In 2009, Arc’teryx, La Sportiva and Petzl came together to honour Guy Lacelle with the Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award. Nancy Hansen is an integral part of the Alpine Club of Canada and Banff Mountain Festivals. Hansen has made a number of difficult ascents in
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Happy Birthday Fred Beckey!

Fred Beckey turns 91. Born on January 14, 1923, Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey has become one of the most influential climbers ever. In 1961, Beckey played a large role setting the stage for hard alpine routes in Canada with the Beckey/Chouinard on the South Howser Tower in the
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Canadians Receive 2014 Mugs Stump Award

Ian Welsted and Jason Kruk will be attempting Nuptse’s South Face, awarded 2014 Mugs Stump Award. The Mugs Stump Award is given annually to climbers attempting alpine climbing objectives that exemplify fast, light and clean tactics. The awards are a tribute to the late Mugs
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