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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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Fast Dani Arnold “Sprints” Up Big Ice

Swiss climber Dani Arnold soloed Crack Baby WI6, 380 m in only 27 minutes. The climb is on the Breitwangflue in Switzerland.  Arnold is best known for his current speed record on the Eiger North Face, which he climbed in 2 hours and 28 minutes on April 20, 2011. As a mountain
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Katy Whittaker Becomes Fourth British Woman to Climb 5.14

Katy Whittaker is one of the UK’s top female climbers, she recently became the fourth British woman to climb 5.14a with her ascent of China Crises at Oliana, Spain. She excels at indoor competitions, technical grit routes and hard sport routes. Born in Burnley, but grew up in
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Dolomite North Face Trilogy

Ueli Steck and Michi Wohlleben climbed the three North Face routes on Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites, the first winter link-up of all three walls, in only 16 hours. The two climbers had no plan the morning they set out, but by the end of the day they had linked three of
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McColl Sends 14d on Second Try

Many climbers can climb V14, many climbers climb 5.14d, few climbers can climb both. Sean McColl is proving he is not only Canada’s top rock climber, he is one of the world’s top rock climbers. After an extended road trip where he focused on tackling blocs, he has
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Babsi sends Prinzip Hoffnung

Barbara Zangerl has made the fifth ascent and first female ascent of Beat Kammerlander’s Prinzip Hoffnung (Principle of Hope,) 5.14a, on the Burser Platte, Vorarlberg, Austria. Barbara “Babsi” Zangerl of Austria was the first woman to complete the “Alpine
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New Coire Dubious in the Rockies

The Rockies Lodder Peak has long been the scene of winter mixed climbing. The classic Coire Dubh Integral is one of the best 5.7, WI2+, 600-metre alpine-esque mixed routes in Canada. After a few hundred metres of easy ice, you climb corners and pockets to the saddle north of
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