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Heerema Sends two Canadian V12s

The Phoenix is one of the Niagara Glen’s harder problems. Ontario climber David Heerema sent it, and a V12 in Quebec, during a week-long road trip this spring. Heerema, who is one of Canada’s strongest boulderers, wrote this about the climb “The Phoenix was a
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IFSC World Cup Grindelwald Results

The third round of the 2014 World Cup went down in Grindelwald, Switzerland on the weekend.  It was Canada’s Sean McColl’s first competition of the year and he did not make it to semi-finals, “First World Cup of the year didn’t go as I’
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Bad Alaska weather? Write a song! The Kichatna Blues debut

Renee Lavergne and Nancy Hansen were stuck in a tent in the Kichatna Mountains of Alaska, in the rain, for 17 days straight. They did not have a book or iPod. For entertainment, they wrote, performed and recorded a song called the Kichatna Blues. Hansen and Lavergne were hoping
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Squamish’s new Golden Nugget

The Golden Nugget is one of dozens of new crags that have been developed around Squamish the last few seasons. The Golden Nugget is hidden in the trees across the highway from Nightmare Rock in Murrin Park and right above the cliff hosting the ice climb Nintendo 64. New
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Anti-Poachers to Receive Climbing Training

The Anamalai Wildlife Sactuary anti-poachers will be trained in rock climbing and rappelling techniques. In 1976, the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary was established, to be renamed Anamalais (Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary) in 1987. It is home to the Parambikulum-Indira Gandhi
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The 2014 Chamonix Mountain Festival

The second annual Chamonix Mountain Festival runs from June 29 to July 6, 2014.   The Chamonix Mountain Festival is a gathering for like-minded climbers: • Friendly atmosphere – organised by mountaineers for mountaineers • No age limit, no grade limit • One great all
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Rock Divas, Climbing School for Girls

Rock Divas in Canning, N.S., is the first all girls climbing school on the east coast. The Annapolis Valley gym in the Canning Rec. Centre says, “It teaches girls physical and mental strength.” Erin Gullison, 14, said, “At first it didn’t seem like a good
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Drones Banned in Yosemite

The National Parks Service (NPS) which governs Yosemite has banned the use of drones as a result of the recent increase of their use for photography. In a statement, the NPS notes that there has been a recent increase in the use of drones to capture aerial footage and rock
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Discovery Channel Documentary: Everest Avalanche

The documentary features emotional and real time footage, capturing the mobilization efforts of Sherpas and rescuers as they rushed to search for survivors. Through eyewitness accounts, viewers will hear from those who experienced this horrible tragedy and aftermath including sit
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Big Wall Speed Climbing Comp, New Record

Croatia’s Paklenica 15th big wall speed comp took place Mar 3.  Brothers Jurica and his brother Perica Levatić won the event. When you think about speed climbing, you likely don’t think about Croatia. For 15 years, climbers have been gathering in Paklenica’s
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