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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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Nanga Parbat Avalanche, Climbers Injured

With time running out for a successful first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, two polish climbers are struck by an avalanche on their final attempt. The question now, will the rest of the team push on after nearly 80 days on the mountain. Planet Mountain reports that “on
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Sarah Hueniken sends Steel Koan

Steel Koan is one of the hardest mixed climbs in North America, the M13+ climbs up the Cineplex cave behind Panther Falls in the Rockies. Hueniken sent the route eight years after its first ascent. In April 2013, Hueniken became the first North American woman to climb M12 after
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Everest is cheaper, cleaner and safer?

“Climbers will have to bring down 8 kg of extra waste or face legal action as government tackles rubbish mountain in Himalayas.” said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti. Everest is an important revenue earner for Nepal, with hundreds climbing during the
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Okanagan’s Mythologic

The team of Lyle Knight and Marc Piche bagged the first ascent of Mythologic, a long difficult ice route on the Enderby Cliffs in the North Okanagan, in 2011. Knight described Mythologic WI6, 140 m as “a skinny version of Nemesis in the Rockies” with “consistently hard” climbing
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Crazy! Ice Climber Rides Falling Pillar, Walks Away Unharmed

Sub-Zero explores the souls of four top Canadian ice climbers and this time we meet John Freeman, a mountain guide and rope access supervisor living in Canmore, Alberta, Canada who was recently in the climbing news for establishing a new route at Helmcken Falls with Will Gadd
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