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McColl and Sethna Win at Nationals

Sean McColl and Elise Sethna beat a talented field of athletes to finish first place at the 2014 Canadian Bouldering Championships at Coyote Rock in Ottawa. Report and photos by Aidas Odonelis Neither McColl or Sethna went into the finals in top spot, for the results of 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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Mirko Caballero is Youngest to Send V14

Mirko Caballero, the 13-year-old bouldering phenom, has just sent one V-grade higher than his age, his first V14. Welcome to being a teenager Caballero, and congratulations on being the youngest person to climb a V14. Paul Robinson made the first ascent of the sit-start in 2012,
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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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Wide Boyz II, Slender Gentleman

After their success climbing the world’s hardest offwidth, the Wide Boyz, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, embark on their next crack climbing mission. This time their sights are set on the thinner end of the crack climbing spectrum. Their goal is the mighty Cobra Crack in
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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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