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An Interview with World Champion Jain Kim

Korea’s Jain Kim, 26, is ranked number one in the world and was recently interviewed by the IFSC.  Kim‘s climbing life started when she was 12 years old and was heavily influenced by her parents. “My parents enjoy hiking and climbing, and they actually met and
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New Pitch on Half Dome’s Damaged Northwest Face

Less than one month after a major rock-fall left a classic American route damaged, climbers have established a new pitch. The rock-fall that sent some of pitches 11 and 12 from Half Dome’s Northwest Face crashing to the valley below left many wondering if the route was too
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Karakorum and Himalayan Success and Failure

As the 2015 climbing season wraps up in the Karakorum and Himalayas, we look back at a season of death, storms and few summits. It has been a hot summer on peaks above 6,000 metres, which has left many of the trade routes in the greater ranges in dangerous condition. A number of
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Brits Griffith and Houseman Summit Link Sar

Jon Griffith and Andy Houseman have made the first ascent of the 6,938-metre west summit of Link Sar in Pakistan. The Chamonix climbers named their northwest face route Fever Pitch. Link Sar is a 7,041-metre unclimbed mountain in the Charakusa Valley between K6 and K7. For
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Paraclimbing Team Summits Eiger

A team of three British paraclimbers have accomplished their 2015 goal of climbing the Eiger. John Churcher, Alex Taylor and Jay Owen have successfully climbed the West Flank Route, assisted by Mark McGowan and Colin Gourley. Their mission was to raise awareness of paraclimbing
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Speed Flyer Dies After Take-Off in Squamish

Kyle Wolochatiuk, 40, died on Sunday, July 25, during a flight from The Chief in Squamish. Speed flying is similar to paragliding, a sport that has become very popular over the past decade in Squamish, but utilizes a smaller wing. The BC Coroner’s Service said Wolochatiuk died
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Huge New Climb is First Ascent of the Mirror Wall in Greenland

One month ago, Leo Houlding and a small team left for a remote part of Greenland’s Renland to attempt a new wall. The Mirror Wall, which faces northwest, was first explored in 2012 by a Swiss Team that established two routes, one on either side of the main face. Visi
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Adam Ondra Crushing Between World Cups

Adam Ondra has been performing consistently well during the IFSC bouldering world cup season. On his days off, he has been busy making hard sends outdoors. Before the Birancon world cup, Ondra onsighted Face Bouc 5.14b on a hot day. In Ceuse, he made the second ascent of Chris
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Jan Hojer Crushed at Silvretta

Austrian world champion Jan Hojer recently joined Julian Wurm for some hard bouldering. Hojer and Wurm were climbing at Silvretta in Austria when they put away some difficult problems. Hojer managed to flash Freerunner V13 and Golden Gate V13. He also sent sent Momento V14, More
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Bad Weather Thwarts Karakorum Summit-Bids

Recent storms have shut down attempts on Broad Peak and K2. On July 24, the well-known climber Kami Sherpa was injured on K2 from a falling rock. He suffered fractures in his shoulder, forearm and hand, but will make a recovery and is now back to safety. He was climbing from
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