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Akiyo Noguchi Crushed in Bishop

World champion Japanese comp climber, 25-year-old Akiyo Noguchi spent the last two weeks in Bishop and sent some of the area’s testpiece routes. Noguchi arrived during the last week of March and made quick ascents of Seoul Slinger V9 and Fly Boy V8. She then went to work
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Jakob Schubert Sends His First V15

Jakob Schubert wasted no time in repeating Austria’s first V15, which was established by Nalle Hukkataival in 2014. Schubert has been sampling some of Maltatal, Austria’s boulders for the last few weeks. A week ago, Schubert announced he’d sent Bügeleisen V14
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Alex Puccio’s Big Day in RMNP

Alex Puccio has been setting new standards for female bouldering the past year. On April 12, she continued her steady streak of impressive climbs while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). “Here is a shot of me from @joelzerr on my send go of Low Left Veritas
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Smith Rocks’ Classic Gets New Hardware

Good hardware is important for good climbing and many of America and Canada’s classic routes are due for an update. In 1992, Jean-Baptiste Tribout, at the age of 31, established what was the hardest route in North America with his send of Just Do It 5.14c. Tribout started
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Carlo Traversi’s Strong Start to Spring

There was a time when 5.14d (9a) was big news and everyone stopped in their tracks when such a grade was sent. In 2015, 5.14d is more of a sign of things to come, a means to an end.   Joining the 9a club (climbers who’ve sent 5.14d or harder) is a rite of passage for many
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Sean McColl: Two V14s in a Day!

Sean McColl is well into his trip to Fontainebleau and continues to climb some of the harder test-pieces at the world-class location. McColl’s Fontainebleau trip started about a week ago and he’s sent Neverland V11, Atresie Assis V13, Atresie V11, Big Golden Assis V11, Big Golden
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New Alpine Route in the Cascade Range

Colin Haley and Sarah Hart have climbed a new route on a well-known peak in Washington’s Cascade Range. Colin Haley has had a climbing-filled winter and spring with new routes in Patagonia, B.C. and now Washington. In 2013, Haley and Sarah Hart attempted to make the second
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Johnny Dawes’ 1987 Route Finally Repeated

Many climbers have scene the footage of Johnny Dawes climbing his three-dimensional route called the Quarryman, but less have heard of Dawes’ Coeur de Lion on the same wall. It has taken 28 years for climbers to piece together Dawes’ Coeur de Lion and it’s no
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Nina Williams Sends World’s First V12

Nina Williams is one of the world’s strongest female boulderers and is based in Boulder, CO. In 2013, Williams sent her first V12, Last Action Hiro at Grampians in Victoria, Australia. Yesterday, she sent her most recent when she took down Trice V12 at Flagstaff Mountain,
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Climbers Stranded on Remote Alaska Glacier

A group of Alaskan climbers have been stranded on Knik Glacier for nearly a week because of extreme weather conditions. Two men and one woman were dropped off on April 3 and expected out two days later, according to a release from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
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