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Canada’s Peak Freaks Cancel Everest 2015 Trip

The Canadian guiding company Peak Freaks, a Himalayan guiding company since 1983, announced canceling its 2015 trip up Mount Everest. They cited safety concerns and unpredictable changes in rules for mountaineering permits, changing weather patterns and political instability as
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Dawn Wall’s Pitch 15: The Battle; The Project

Kevin Jorgeson has attempted pitch 15, a 5.14d traverse, on El Cap’s Dawn Wall project four times and each time he’s fallen off the two razor-sharp crimp-crux. Climbers and non-climbers alike are anxiously watching the historic project. Tommy Caldwell has free climbed
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Memoir of 1970’s Ontario Rock Climbing: Chaundy-Smart, A Youth Wasted Climbing

Dave Chaundy-Smart was one of the leading Canadian climbers in the 1980s. Along with Sam Cohen, Smart started Gripped Magazine in the late 90s. His forthcoming book titled A Youth Wasted Climbing will be available mid-2015. “Chaundy-Smart’s description of his youth has all the
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Dawn Wall: NPR Interview and Last Hard Pitch Sent

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are busy working on their Dawn Wall project. They talked to NPR’s Melissa Block from their ledges on Monday night.  Tommy Caldwell reported late Tuesday night that he’d sent the final 5.14 pitch. From Caldwell’s Facebook:
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Dawn Wall: 50 Crazy Comments From Around The Web

Dozens of news sources that usually do not cover rock climbing are covering the Dawn Wall attempt. The results are almost a priceless collection of comments and quotes that are so out in left field, they’re funny.  Kelly Cordes summed it up best on a Facebook post on Jan.
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Updated|Canadian Climber’s Blogs To Follow In 2015

Before social media, blogs were king. Everyone had one or two and some people had three. Now, fewer people use them, but those who do are worth following. Be sure to check in to see what these top Canadian climbers are up in 2015. Marieta Akalski The Toronto-based massage
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Three Climbers Die in Mexico

Three separate incidents have led to the deaths of three men in Mexico. It is peak climbing season and thousands travel there in January. American climber Charles King, 25, was climbing Pico de Orizaba, a 5,636-metre peak that straddles Puebla and Veracruz, when he and three
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Dawn Wall – Tommy Sends Pitches 15 and 16

Since Dec. 27, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have been attempting to free the Dawn Wall. A project that is going into its seventh year. On Dec. 29, we reported that Caldwell and Jorgeson had climbed pitches one through nine, which are as follows: 5.12b, 5.13a, 5.13c, 5.12b,
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100 Years of Big-Wall Free Climbing

In light of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson making one of the most historic big-wall free ascents, let’s take a look back at the progression of the sport with select climbs. “It is a crest of granite… perfectly inaccessible, being probably the only one of the
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Jakob Schubert Climbs 5.15b

Jakob Schubert has become one of the few climbers to send the grade of 9b or 5.15b, including Bernabe Fernandez, Adam Ondra, Dani Andrada, Magnus Midtboe, Fred Rouhling and Chris Sharma. The 24-year-old Schubert made the third ascent of Fight or Flight in Oliana this week.
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