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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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New Big Alpine Mixed Route in Rockies

Ian Welsted, Maarten Van Haeren and Jay Mills have have made the first ascent of Canoeing to Cuba on Mount Storm in the Canadian Rockies. The route is named in in honour of the former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s attempt to canoe to visit Castro in Cuba.
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First Ascents of Snowy Himalayan Peaks

Climbers have been busy in the Himalayas this fall as two new mountains have been climbed. Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden made the first ascent of Gave Ding 6,4000 metres in Nepal’s Himalaya. Planet Mountain reported the British climbers reached the summit of the remote
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Pierre Lemire Awarded 2015 Summit of Excellence

Pierre Lemire is an accomplished photographer and well-known mountain guide. Lemire has been awarded the 2015 Summit of Excellence, which is an annual honour presented at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Lemire’s first mountain experiences were on Mount
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Basecamp Podcast Conversation With Ed Douglas

Ed Douglas is a U.K.-based writer and journalist who has written numerous biographies of well-known climbers. In this episode of Basecamp from the Banff Centre, Gripped editor Brandon Pullan talks with Douglas about Mount Everest, the climbing world and more. One of
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Canadians Send Hard Routes in Autumn Temps

From coast to coast, Canadians have been busy sending boulders and hard sport routes this month. Climbers have been taking advantage of the fall weather windows to tick their long-standing projects. In the Grand Wall Boulders, Jamie Finlayson, who recently had a baby boy, sent
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