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Ouray Ice Festival 2015

The 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival took place on Jan. 10 and some of the top winter climbers took part. The always strong Will Gadd walked away with the win. As always, there was lots of excitement before the event, more so this year with Sasha DiGiulian competing in her first
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Tour de Bloc Elevation Place

The first day of Tour de Bloc 2015 took place on Jan. 10 in Alberta and Ontario. Here are the results from Elevation Place in Canmore. Photos by Alex Roe, Pam Eveleigh and Evgenii Kremlev Elevation Place is a community centre in Canmore. Within its walls are a library, swimming
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Dawn Wall Day 15: Momentum! Jorgeson Sends Pitch 16 and 17

The Dawn Wall show continued on Jan. 10, as the climbers pushed hard on day 15. Kevin Jorgeson sent the last of the 5.14 pitches. As the days go by, more and more people are making the trip to watch Tommy Caldwell and Jorgeson project the Dawn Wall. Neither climber has stood on
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The Future of Topos?

Topos are an important tool in a climber’s kit. Often they can make or break a climb. The New York Times published an interactive online topo that might represent the future of climbing topos. From the early days of climbing there have been written descriptions of climbs.
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The Importance of Dawn Wall

As the days add up on the Dawn Wall, more and more news sources are getting wind of the climb and its importance. Gripped’s editor Brandon Pullan spoke with the nation-wide weather source, The Weather Channel, on Jan. 9 about the climb. The Weather Channel sent a reporter
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Kevin Jorgeson Sends Pitch 15

Kevin Jorgeson has climbed the last 5.14d pitch on the Dawn Wall. The world was watching and the media waiting to see if Jorgeson would send the last of the hardest pitches. Jorgeson had been battling the pitch for nearly a week. As Caldwell has freed beyond the 5.13 pitches past
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Three Dawn Wall Articles Worth Checking Out

With everyone in a frenzy to have the first and best story about the Dawn Wall, here are a few pieces written over the last two days that stand out from the rest. News on the Dawn Wall 1.  Freddie Wilkinson’s New York Times piece A main stream news source finally consults a
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Dawn Wall Bonus Footage

Tommy Caldwell has spent six years working to free climb The Dawn Wall, on the 1,000-metre El Capitan, in Yosemite. As the world waits for the latest updates from the attempt, here is a bonus clip from Valley Uprising. Along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, Caldwell is currently
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A Line Across the Sky

Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by a few, the Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 feet across snow and
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Canada’s Peak Freaks Cancel Everest 2015 Trip

The Canadian guiding company Peak Freaks, a Himalayan guiding company since 1983, announced canceling its 2015 trip up Mount Everest. They cited safety concerns and unpredictable changes in rules for mountaineering permits, changing weather patterns and political instability as
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