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Sean McColl

Interview with Sean McColl on 2015 Comp Season

An interview with Sean McColl from the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Chongqing where he talks about switching into “lead mode” now that the bouldering season is winding down. Sean McColl has had another banner year at speed and bouldering World Cups. With impressive
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Half Dome Rock Fall Scars Classic Route

Less than a few months after a large rockfall event on The Chief in Squamish, a Yosemite route suffers from massive geologic event. Yosemite has had its fair share of rockfall events over the past century, but the most recent occurred on one of the valley’s most popular
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Four Bighorn Highway Alpine Rock Moderates

The Bighorn Highway has long been an Alberta go-to climbing destination. Bighorn Highway is the name given to the 66-kilometre Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country that runs north to south from Barrier Mountain to King Creek. Kananaskis Country is a system of 10 provincial parks in
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Getting Gripped On Granite In The Pyrenees, Spain

The Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France have dozens of excellent bouldering and sport climbing areas. Most of the crags are single-pitch, but the Terradets is 500 metres and Cavallers is 120 metres. The Cavallers area has over 300 routes that range from well-bolted to run
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Film: Bolt War in Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is a climbing area in Colorado next to Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods is small park, around the size of Red Rocks, with interesting sandstone formations. The “crags” are jagged looking and range from white and orange to red. Some of the
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Kelowna’s Myra Canyon is Area’s Newest Crag

Myra Canyon is a new-ish sport climbing area near Kelowna, B.C. and has a number of hard routes. The area has undergone a lot of development from the focused energy of a few dedicated individuals in Chris Phillips, Adam Tutte and Craig Lingley. Myra Canyon may become known for
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Gnarly Offwidth, Jihad, Gets Third Ascent

The famous 5.11 Vedauwoo offwidth was repeated by Anthony Johnson who onsighted it in June 2015. The first ascent was by Bob Scarpelli in 1988, who pioneered a number of difficult offwidths in his day. Scarpelli graded the crack 5.11d. The second ascent was 25 years later by
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First Female Ascent of Denali Grade Six

Chantel Astorga and Jewell Lund have returned from their first female ascent of the Denali Diamond. On June 24, the Denali National Park field report read, “This news just in of a notable ascent: American climbers Chantel Astorga and Jewell Lund made the first female ascent
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Watch Regan Kennedy Project a 5.14 Slab

Regan Kennedy, one of Canada’s strongest female climbers, attempts Ojas 5.14a and talks about the climbing lifestyle. To send Ojas is one of Kennedy’s goals for 2015. This short film was produced by Wiktor Skupinski and is about Kennedy’s climbing lifestyle and
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10 Great Ascents in Canada From the Past Century

No better way to celebrate Canada Day than to look back at 100 years and 10 great ascents on Canadian soil. In 1896, Ha Ling made the first ascent of the most westward peak in the Ehagay Nakoda range south of Canmore. The peak now has a number of classic route routes, read about
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