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Kai Lightner is World Champion

The Youth World Championships are taking place in Noumea, New Caledonia between Sept. 19 and Sept. 23. American Kai Lightner won for the Youth Male B climbers making him the world champion for his age group. Lightner is one of North America’s strongest climbers and is
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Puccio climbs Wheel of Chaos V14

Alex Puccio has climbed the 25-move Wheel of Chaos in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. It only took Puccio two days to send her second V14. The Wheel of Chaos was first climbed by Daniel Woods in 2013 as a variation to Wheel of Life in the Upper Chaos Canyon. In August, Puccio
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New Mount Louis line up stunning corner

Mount Louis seems to have endless potential for those seeking a new route. Homage to the Spider climbs the most attractive corner on the northeast wall, but many corners remain. Raphael Slawinski and Steve Holeczi have finished a project started in the early summer. Their route
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New Ontario 5.13s, courtesy of Mark Smith

Mark Smith was busy this summer establishing new test-pieces at Ontario’s Lion’s Head. Greg Williamson is one of the most knowledgeable climbers in the area. He recently told Gripped, “Yes, it was a pretty good summer for new development. Smith sent an old
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The Shadow gets a second female free ascent

Brette Harrington has become the second woman to climb the impressive Shadow pitch on The Chief. In 2012, Senja Palonen became the first woman to climb The Shadow. Palonen wrote on Sendage, “One of the most beautiful and iconic routes in Squamish, so fun.” Harrington
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Ondra is Lead World Champ

Canadian Sean McColl finished in sixth-place at the lead climbing World Championships. Adam Ondra took his second title of year. Less than a month after Adam Ondra became the world champion for bouldering, he stood on another podium in front of a full arena as the lead world
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Mayo Sends Summer Dry-Tool Line

Will Mayo has pieced together the long reaches of this new dry-tool problem in the Ghetto via headlamp. The Existensionalist looks like a like a great way to train for the upcoming mixed/ice season. The route climbs 30 metres along a roof in an abandoned mine near Colorado
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New Rockies Routes by Jay Mills and Friends

The Rockies have had over two feet of snow fall on them this week. Before the cold weather started, Jay Mills and friends climbed a number of new long moderates in and around Banff. Mills first climbed a new route on Mount Cory. The line takes easy ground up an easy rib between
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The Barbarian: Squamish’s newest hard big route

Luke Neufeld has made the first ascent of one of a route which will become one of Squamish’s test pieces. The Barbarian 5.13b/c climbs the aesthetic prow on Barbarian Wall left of the Slhanny. By Luke Neufeld This fall I finally managed to send a long-term project of mine.
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Video: Ontario’s Beaver Valley Climbing Festival

The 2014 Beaver Valley Climbing Festival took place at Metcalfe Rock in Ontario. This was the second annual event and was a great success with raising money for the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC). Leslie Timms and Jennie Elmslie were the masterminds behind the festival and have
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