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Major Patagonia Traverse Completed

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed one of the most awe-inspiring traverses in the Americas. Patagonia has had its highs and lows in 2014, from the loss of Chad Kellogg on Fitz Roy to the first ascent of the Fitz Range traverse. Rolando Garibotti is the foremost expert
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Canada’s New “Big-Wall” Mixed Route at Helmcken

Will Gadd, Sarah Hueniken, John Freeman and Katie Bono have finished their mega-project at Helmcken Falls, B.C. The climbers spent two weeks in early 2014 establishing Overhead Hazard, Mhard, 200 metres, at the now-popular spray-ice climbing destination. “I first saw this
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Chad Kellogg Killed in Patagonia

American climber Chad Kellogg killed by rockfall while descending Fitz Roy. Kellogg was killed form a rock that was dislodged by a rope. Patagonian climber Rolando Garibotti wrote on Super Topo, “Over two days Chad Kellogg and Jens Holsten climbed the Afanassieff Route on the NW
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Everest Fee Reduced by More Than Half

The Nepalese government has slashed summit fees by more than 50 per cent, saving climbers tens of thousands of dollars. Nepal announced in 2013 that mountain fees would be reduced to promote climbing tourism. Hundreds of remote peaks have had their fees cut back, but the biggest
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Lucie Hrozova sends Baphomet, Hardest Mixed Route in Poland

Have you heard of Czech climber Lucie Hrozova? The 26-year-old is the strongest female mixed climber, anywhere. In 2013, Hrozova became the first women to climb M14 when she sent Robert Jasper’s Ironman at Eptingen, Switzerland. On Feb. 8, 2014 she sent her secon
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New West Coast Moderate Alpine

Conny Amelunxen has made numerous first ascents of big walls around the world, from Squamish to Baffin Island to Patagonia. In 1999, he and Sean Easton established Hoth, VI, 5.10+, A4, WI2/3, 1,100 m, 27 pitches, on the southeast buttress of the South Tower of Paine in 24 days,
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Honnold’s Mexican Big-Wall Solo, Full-length Clip

On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over three hours. The climb rises 750 metres to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history.
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National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award Goes to Kilian Jornet

The National Geographic Adventurer of the Year was awarded to Kilian Jornet, the record-setting ultra-runner from Spain. Kilian Jornet is the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. In 2013, Jornet shocked many by setting speed records on the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
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Perfect Conditions on Foster’s Direttissima

Mount Colonel Foster is on Vancouver Island, B.C., At 2,135 metres it is the fourth highest peak on the island.  In Jan. 1978, Joe Bajan and Ross Nichol made the first winter ascent of Foster’s 1,000-metre east face while making the first ascent of Direttissima, V, AI5.
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Scotland, the “Core”

The land where no local or visiting climber will budge on bolts, the hardware-free walls offer hair raising belays, pounding spin-drift and edge-of-your-seat run outs. Scotland is the land of the hardcore climber.  “It’s not at all about gymnastic grades, or safety,
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