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Powerlifter Climbs Europe’s Highest Mountain Carrying Barbell!

Russian powerlifter Andrey Rodichev recently became the first person to climb Mount Elbrus 5,642 metres, Europe’s highest peak, carrying a barbell. The barbell weighed 75 kilograms, which is a heavy load to be pushing around in your local gym, let alone climbing a mountain
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Nobukazu Kuriki Abandons Everest Attempt

Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki has abandoned his bid to be the only person to summit Everest in 2015. Kuriki, 33, announced his decision to turn around on Facebook, saying, “I tried hard taking all my energy, but it took too much time to move in deep deep snow.”
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New Hard Route on the Eiger is the Hardest Up the Nordwand

Three European senders have teamed up to establish the hardest route on the classic north face. Roger Schaeli, Robert Jasper and Simon Gietl have established Odyssee, a 1,400-metre 5.13c that includes a number of serious pitches. Schaeli and Jasper had been working on the route
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Brette Harrington on Soloing Patagonian 5.11

Free soloing is far from being a widely practiced aspect of climbing and the number of climbers who could be described as ‘soloists’ is pretty small. The number of people who can claim to have soloed a Patagonian peak is even smaller and that’s not just because
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Everest’s Southwest Face Climbed 40 Years Ago Today

On Sept. 24, 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston made the first ascent of the Southwest Face of Mount Everest. The strong British team were the sixth attempt on the face and after their successful summit had to endure a bivy over 8,000 metres. Expedition leader Chris Bonington
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Americans Climb New Alpine Route in India

Three American women have climbed a new 600-metre route on Tare Parvat in India. Rachel Spitzer, Lisa Van Sciver and Anna Pfaff have climbed a new 5.6 M4 AI4 WI3 called Unattached up Tare Parvat in Zansker, India. They climbed their new alpine route in a single push without
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Watch the Jumbo Wild Trailer from Patagonia

Jumbo Wild is a gripping, hour-long documentary film by Sweetgrass Productions. The film tells the true story of the decades-long battle over the future of British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley and highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and the backcountry
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New Three-Pitch Slab Crag on Banff’s Sulphur Mountain

Sulphur Mountain is a tourist attraction in Banff for its gondola ride to the summit and now has a new three-pitch alpine crag. The west-facing crag called Sistine Slab is high on Sulphur Mountain near Banff and while it is often windy, it gets plenty of sun. There are currently
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The 2015 Banff Book Festival Finalists Announced

In less than two months, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival will take place at The Banff Centre in the Rockies. While pre-screeners and film jurors work their way through the hundreds of entered videos, the final long-list for the book festival has been announced. A number
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Happy 71st Birthday Reinhold Messner!

Climbing pioneer Reinhold Messner turned 71 on Sept. 17. The climber is arguably the most famous mountaineers of all time. Messner made a name for himself early in his climbing career. Between 1950 and 1965, he led over 500 ascents in Italy and France. In 1965, he climbed a new
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