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Early Season Ice Accidents Remind Us To Play Safe

One close call and one accident resulting in numerous injuries are reminders to play safe this winter.  On Murchison Falls WI4+ on the Icefields Parkway, two climbers were rappelling at the end a day last week. On the final rappel, one climber forgot to clip into the anchor and
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Book Notes on Learning to Fly by Steph Davis

By Tom Gnyra Base jumping, like rock climbing, is an activity that requires a certain level of risk tolerance and mitigation. Even with a keen sense of safety and a lifetime of experience, some of the most accomplished and safest base jumpers have met their maker by pursuing an
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Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold Talk Bromance and Fitz Traverse

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are two of the world’s most well known climbers and they were recently at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. In February, Caldwell and Honnold spent five days completing the first Fitz Traverse 5.11d C1 5,000 m, which is a continuous
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Second Ascent of Hard El Cap Free Route ‘The Passage’

Pete Whittaker and Dan McManus have made the second ascent of the difficult El Cap route The Passage. The Passage is a 15-pitch 5.13cR that was first climbed in 2008 by Belgians Nico Favresse and Sean Villaneauva. The first ascent team climbed ground up, aided the pitches and
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New Big Mountain Routes Climbed in Nepal

The season is in full swing in Nepal and a number of big new routes have been climbed. Most recently, Mingma Gyalie Sherpa summited the unclimbed Mount Chobutse in the Rolwaling Valley. He climbed the 6,685-metre peak solo and up its massive west face. The 29-year-old took a
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Winners of the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

The 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has wrapped up in the snowy Canadian Rockies. The Great Alone, directed by Greg Kohs, which captured the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey, has won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and
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Tour de Bloc and Banff Film Fest This Weekend

The Tour de Bloc will be having its third and fourth events of the season and the Banff Mountain Fest will be wrapping up its 10 days of epicness. The first Tour de Bloc comp will be taking place at Joe Rockhead’s in Toronto on Nov. 7, where registration will be open at 8
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Andy Genereux’s 2015 Yamnuska Update

Andy Genereux is one of the Rockies leading route developers and despite a major climbing accident in 2014, he managed to complete a number of projects this summer. By Andy Genereux Just a quick note to update some of the new stuff up on Yam from this past summer. Last year was a
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The Cory Hall Memorial Expedition to Tangra Tower

Canadian Max Fisher and U.K. climber James Monypenny recently returned from their Cory Hall Memorial Expedition to Pakistan. By James Monypenny Last year when my good buddy, climbing partner and fellow adventurer Cory Hall passed away in a tragic climbing accident while on a
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Basecamp Podcast Discussion with Andrew Wexler

Andrew Wexler is an IFMGA Mountain Guide who splits his time between mountains in Europe and ski huts in Canada. Based in Canmore, Wexler lives the life of a mountain guide and goes to where the work is. In summer, that’s in Chamonix, France, and in winter it’s in the
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