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Hard New Mixed Route in Rockies by Walsh and Leclerc

A warm fall led to the latest start to a Canadian ice season in a few years, if not a decade. In the Rockies, a deep-freeze has got ice climbers finally swinging their tools. Jon Walsh and Marc-Andre Leclerc have established a hard new mixed route in Storm Creek. Walsh has been
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Interview with Jeff Lowe

Jeff Lowe  is considered one of the pioneers of waterfall and alpine ice climbing in North America. Jeff’s climbing career spans six decades and he is known for his visionary climbs and alpine style philosophy. Jeff has made over 1,000 first ascent. Jeff Lowe is in Banff
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Interview with David Lama

David Lama is one of the cutting-edge young alpinists of today. His bold free climbing and aid soloing have taken him to rarely visited areas and up many unclimbed walls. On Sunday, Nov. 2, Gripped caught up with Lama at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Over a few beers, coffees
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Six Early Season Ice Climbing Tips

Ice climbing season is right around the corner. This is a good time of year to get you and your gear ready for the season. Here are six ice climbing tips from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) pros at  at Rockies Ice Specialists in Banff. 1 – Start hanging off of
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Gripped is at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

The world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall in Banff. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre. Gripped will be
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Nanga Parbat: video of Moro’s and Gottler’s attempt

Simone Moro and David Göttler attempted to climb Nanga Parbat 8,125 m in the winter of 2014. The climbers left in December 2013 for one of the toughest expeditions on earth, during the coldest and most demanding season: the Nanga Parbat ascent. The ninth tallest mountain in the
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Climbing Vertical Chalk Cliffs with Ice Axes

Ten of the world’s best ice climbers took on the challenge of ascending sheer cliffs of chalk – one of the most difficult rock types to climb – as the first ever Red Bull White Cliffs competition came to the Isle of Wight. The U.K. is the only place where chalk cliffs can
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New route in Central Garhwal by Jim Elzinga and Steve House

The Alpine Mentors have been in India’s Central Garhwal for nearly a month. Despite some bad weather, they have climbed a new route. Jim Elzinga and Steve House have climbed the previously unclimbed southwest face of Brahamasar II, 1,000 metres. A message came from
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Rockies Earthquake Confirmed

A small earthquake has been confirmed near the mountain town of Banff, in the Bow Valley. The 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded roughly four kilometres southwest of the town site, about 20 kilometres west of Canmore. Natural Resources Canada says it happened today at 5:42
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Nepal Avalanche: 28 dead and search continues

The recent avalanche in Nepal has killed at least 28 people, including four Canadians. The search continues and Canadians anxiously await messages from loved ones. There are a number of people still missing. They are from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and a number of
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