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Chris Sharma Sends New 5.15b/c

Chris Sharma has done it again, proving he is still one of the world’s strongest sport climbers. On March 7, Sharma made the first ascent of El Bon Combat 5.15b/c. He described the route as the The “King Line.” El Bon Combat is located at Cova de Ocell, about 40
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Newfoundland’s Huge New Mixed Route: Apocalypse Now

Will Mayo and Anna Pfaff have established one of Canada’s East Coast’s biggest and hardest mixed routes. Apocalypse Now WI7 M9 220 metres was climbed on March 7 after a number of working attempts. The route was an old project of local crusher Joe Terravecchia. Will
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Gallery: Tour de Bloc CEC National Series at Joe Rockhead’s Qualifier Action

The third of the CEC National Series Bouldering competitions, and Tour de Bloc stop, took place at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym in Toronto today. After this morning’s qualification rounds, eight women and nine men made it through to compete in the final round tonight
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Rarely Formed Rockies Route is Big and Classic

In the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies is a big ice climb, which has only formed a few times since the first ascent in the late 1990s. Conrad’s Coloumn is a nearly 500-metre ice climb near Mount Robson. Its tiered pitches offer mostly steep climbing with reportedly
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New Traditional Mixed Routes in Quebec

With spring only a few weeks away, it seems the long days are providing perfect conditions for new routing in Quebec. On March 5, Jean Francois Girard and Carl Darveau climbed two new mixed lines in La Vallée Du Bras Du Nord, Québec. By Jean Francois Girard Carl Sent me an email
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Video: Youth Bouldering Canada – 2015 Nationals Highlights

Top youth climbers across the country gathered at Climber’s Rock in Burlington, Ontario in February to vie for top honours at the 2015 Canadian National Youth Bouldering Competition. In total, eight national champions from eight categories claimed gold and a spot on the Canadian
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Karlee Hall: Canada’s Future Mixed Champion

Karlee Hall is a B.C.-based climber who’s being coached by one of Canada’s best and is now proving her future is bright in the winter sport of mixed climbing. Team Canada athlete Karlee Hall of Jaffray, B.C. competed at the UIAA’s World Cup Ice Climbing
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Janja Garnbreat Makes Historic Onsight

Slovenian Janja Garnbret has made her hardest onsight to date, Avatar 5.13d at Pandora in Croatia. The 15-year-old has won eight straight IFSC youth comps. She then sent Scat 5.14a in two attempts. Last year she climbed Pura Vida V12. She is possibly the youngest climber to
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PEI’s New Rock Climbing Wall

Prince Edward Island has its first climbing gym thanks to some local climbers who had no where to train in the winter. The new climbing wall is in Stratford, PEI and is the first year-round climbing facility on the island. Red Rock Climbing Wall The project was headed by Daniel
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Alex Johnson Sends Her Project The Swoop

The strong American boulderer Alex Johnson has sent her Red Rocks project and called it The Swoop. Alex Johnson wrote on her Facebook page: “The Swoop is a project no more. I stuck this move for the first time ever on Friday and took it to the top. This was my baby, I found
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