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Watch Solo of Yosemite’s Big Ice Climb!

Vitaliy Musiyenko made the first known solo of the 300-metre Widow’s Tears WI5 in Yosemite at the start of 2016. The ice route rarely forms and was first climbed by Mark Chapman and Kevin Worrall over three days in 1975. Musiyenko has made a number of trips to Canada. In
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Words With University Bouldering Series President

The University Bouldering Series (UBS) is a relatively new comp circuit in Canada aimed at university students. Max Summerlee is the president and one of the co-founders of the UBS. Climbing for 20 years, he has spent time competing and climbed in the Tour de Bloc (TDB) nationals
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Nathan Kutcher Onsights a Colorado M12+

Nathan Kutcher has reported about his onsight of a hard mixed route in Ouray. A number of Canadians have made the trip to Colorado to compete in the upcoming Ouray Ice Festival, arguable North America’s most popular ice climbing event.. Kutcher, who won the Ouray Ice Fest
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Pete Woods Talks About Upcoming Alberta Comp

The first Alberta provincial competition will be taking place Jan. 16 at the Calgary Climbing Centre (CCC). The CCC’s Simon Villeneuve noted there are two head setters, Dustin Curtis is in charge of Open and Kaleb Thomas is in charge of Juniors. Assistants ar
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Happy 93rd Birthday Fred Beckey!

Fred Beckey is one of the world’s most accomplished climbers and turned 93 on Jan. 14, 2016. Born on Jan. 14, 1923, Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey has established new routes all around the world, authored a number of best sellers and continues to get out into the mountains. In
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Free Mountain-101 Course from U of A

University of Alberta is currently developing Mountains 101­­, a 10-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) teaching a comprehensive overview of Mountain Studies. Mountains 101 will cover an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical, biological and human
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New Mixed Route in Quebec

Matt Maddaloni climbed a new mixed route in Quebec at the start of 2016. The esthetic route is at the not-so-popular Sainte Adele and is called Jessica 4 Ever M8.
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Canadian Crusher Thomasina Pidgeon Profile

Thomasina Pidgeon has spent the last 21 years as one of Canada’s top climbers. She is based in B.C. and makes regular trips to Europe and other international climbing locations. She was the first Canadian woman to climb V12 and has sent a number to date, including
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Nathan Hall Continues Sends into New Year

Nathan Hall is a West Coast climber who has been touring American boulders since late November. In December, Hall sent some hard problems at Bishop, the Kraft Boulders and Red Rocks, including Iron Fly V9, Angel Dyno V7, Timmy’s Problem V9, Fear of the Black Hat V9,
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Patagonia, Psycho Vertical and a Second Ascent

Psycho Vertical on Torre Egger was first climbed nearly three decades ago. Korra Pesce reported on social media that he and four others made the impressive second ascent of the 1986 route. At the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, famous climber Simone Moro said that the
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