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Exclusive: El Cocuy – An Alpine Paradise in its Death Throw

El Cocuy, in northeastern Colombia is a park of staggering beauty, and alpine big walls that the world seems to know little about. Story and photos by Cory Hall Alien frailegon plants litter the sub-glacier landscape, their stocks pushing soft bunny-eared leaves skyward towards
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Ski-Mountaineering First

Ski-mountaineering combines two extreme disciplines, mountain or alpine climbing and big, back-country skiing. Chris Brazeau and Jonny Simms climbed and made the first descent of the North Glacier on Mount Stephen in B.C. on March 13. Brazeau and Simms are two of Canada’s
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Tick Season!

Ticks are little critters that run wild in spring, especially in dry areas. They are sneaky little bugs which can bring about serious long-term health problems if not caught in time.  In Canada, we have approximately 40 species of tick, but fortunately, only a few of them can
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Cougar Creek Closed

Who remembers the Alberta flood of 2013? Because of ongoing construction to prepare for a potential 2014 flood, Cougar Creek in Canmore is closed until further notice.  From the Town of Canmore: Pursuant to Section nine of the Provincial Parks Act, General Regulations, all access
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Everest 2014, off to a bad start

The commercial climbing season on Mount Everest is about to begin and it could not be off to a worse start. As teams prepare to arrive in Base Camp, there’s already been a fatality and accident on the South Side. Mingma Tenzing, a Sherpa with Peaks Freaks, passed away in
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Rolling Stones, Alpine Free on the Grandes Jorasses

The north face of the Grandes Jorasses is one of the most sought-after alpine walls. Slovenian climbers Luka Lindic and Luka Krajnc recently made a three-day, first free ascent on the 1,000-metre face, during a six-day car-to-car trip. With unstable weather plaguing alpine
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Roetzel and his Icy Solo Link-Up

David Roetzel  of Colorado soloed 15 pitches of mixed ice and rock terrain in one day. He climbed nearly 300 metres of climbing as difficult as WI5 in East Vail, Colorado.  Taking advantage of the soft spring ice, Roetzel put his 10-year plan into action which culminated with The
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Canadians Win 2014 Piolets d’Or

Canadians Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski, along with Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck, have won the 2014 Piolets d’Or. The Piolets d’Or jury has come to a decision based on the Piolets d’Or charter. The technical committee of the Piolets d’Or provided a list
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Alain Robert Climbs Ariane Tower

Alain Robert has soloed many of the world’s largest buildings and the 51-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.   Robert is a French rock climber from Digoin, Saone-et-Loire,Bourgogne, France. He is known as the French Spider Man or the Human Spider. He is famous for
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March Winds and April Ice Bring Forth May Sn’ice?

In the Rockies, the ice is growing. Don’t put the ice tools away yet, there is an extended forecast of below-zero temps and more snow.  The long winter is affecting early season rock climbing across Canada. Ontario has one of its longest ice seasons on record with
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