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Honnold’s Squamish record you didn’t know about

Alex Honnold is one of the most well-known names in climbing. In 2014, he set a new speed record for Squamish’s Grand Wall. Not only has Honnold has climbed Sonnie Trotter’s testpiece, Cobra Crack 5.14, linked Free Grand 5.13b, Northern Lights 5.12a, Freeway 5.11 and
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Leclerc and Lavigne Climb Wild Thing

Squamish-based Marc-Andre Leclerc and Rockies-based Joshua Lavigne make a rare ascent of Wild Thing VI WI4 M7 1,500 metres on Mount Chephren. Leclerc has been visiting the Rockies for most of November. He climbed a new route with Jon Walsh, The Plum WI6 M7 120 m, soloed Sacre
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UPDATE: Tommy Caldwell Sends Dawn Wall Crux!

After six years of working on the crux-pitch of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell has sent it. Hello. As Caldwell wrote on his Facebook, “Oh my goodness!!! After six years, I finally sent this beast of a pitch. Inspired by Keven’s fight-to-the-death near
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The Kranj World Cup and Sean McColl’s top finish

The 2014 IFSC World Cup season wrapped up this November 15-16 in Kranj, Slovenia. Home country favorite Mina Markovic took gold before her home crowd and we crowned this season’s overall medalists in Lead. Just a stone’s throw from Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana, Kranj
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Watch Sonnie Trotter on Family Man 5.14

This is a short clip documenting Sonnie Trotter’s first ascent of Family Man, 5.14 in Skaha. As Trotter said, “For me, this climb was as much about getting outside with my family, as it was about trying hard. So, Thanks to everyone who helped make this ascent come to
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New Rockies Mixed Route: Warm Wet Comfort

Kris Irwin and Jay Mills have climbed a new one-pitch mixed route above Emerald Lake in the Rockies. Irwin, owner of Rockies Ice and Alpine Specialists, and Mills, owner of Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides, teamed up for the first ascent of this moderate, fun looking mixed route
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Pee Wee Sends Hard Desert Crack

Jean-Pierre (Pee Wee) Ouellet has sent his multi-week project in Indian Creek. He has climbed a number of text-piece cracks this fall. Since arriving in Moab over a month ago, Ouellet has climbed a half-dozen 5.13s, including two first ascents, one being Zebras and Moonbeams, and
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Revolution and Pusher Close Their Doors

The owner of the Cordless group which includes Pusher and Revolution, Clark Shelk, announced they will be closing their North America division on Dec. 19, 2014. In a blog post, Shelk went into details about the companies history and decision behind the closing. “By the end of
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A look back at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival

Another Banff International Film and Book Festival has come and gone. There were some heart-felt films, adrenaline rush clips and lots of memorable moments during the #NineEpicDays. By Brandon Pullan The nine-day event, which takes place in the heart of the Rockies at the Banff
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Sonnie Trotter attempts to free the North America Wall

The history of big wall free climbing can be witnessed on the walls of Yosemite. Canadian Sonnie Trotter recently tried to add to that history by making the first free ascent of the original North America Wall. The North America Wall was first climbed by Yvon Couinard, Tom Frost,
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