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Slesse’s Heart Of Darkness Climbed At Last!

Slesse Mountain is one of British Columbia’s must-climb peaks and still has a number of daring unclimbed lines. Perry Beckham, Greg Child and Joe Buszowski attempted the route in the early 1980s and dubbed the couloir between the Northeast Ridge and North Rib, the Heart of
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Joe Rockhead’s Tour De Bloc Nationals and CEC Regionals

On March 7 and 8, Joe Rockhead’s hosted the 2014/15 Tour De Bloc Nationals /CEC Regionals. Photos and Report by Aidas Odonelis Over 40 men and 20 women competed through a qualifying round with only eight climbers from each advancing to the final round. Full Results A
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Chris Sharma Sends New 5.15b/c

Chris Sharma has done it again, proving he is still one of the world’s strongest sport climbers. On March 7, Sharma made the first ascent of El Bon Combat 5.15b/c. He described the route as the The “King Line.” El Bon Combat is located at Cova de Ocell, about 40
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Newfoundland’s Huge New Mixed Route: Apocalypse Now

Will Mayo and Anna Pfaff have established one of Canada’s East Coast’s biggest and hardest mixed routes. Apocalypse Now WI7 M9 220 metres was climbed on March 7 after a number of working attempts. The route was an old project of local crusher Joe Terravecchia. Will
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Gallery: Tour de Bloc CEC National Series at Joe Rockhead’s Qualifier Action

The third of the CEC National Series Bouldering competitions, and Tour de Bloc stop, took place at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym in Toronto today. After this morning’s qualification rounds, eight women and nine men made it through to compete in the final round tonight
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Rarely Formed Rockies Route is Big and Classic

In the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies is a big ice climb, which has only formed a few times since the first ascent in the late 1990s. Conrad’s Coloumn is a nearly 500-metre ice climb near Mount Robson. Its tiered pitches offer mostly steep climbing with reportedly
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New Traditional Mixed Routes in Quebec

With spring only a few weeks away, it seems the long days are providing perfect conditions for new routing in Quebec. On March 5, Jean Francois Girard and Carl Darveau climbed two new mixed lines in La Vallée Du Bras Du Nord, Québec. By Jean Francois Girard Carl Sent me an email
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Video: Youth Bouldering Canada – 2015 Nationals Highlights

Top youth climbers across the country gathered at Climber’s Rock in Burlington, Ontario in February to vie for top honours at the 2015 Canadian National Youth Bouldering Competition. In total, eight national champions from eight categories claimed gold and a spot on the Canadian
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Karlee Hall: Canada’s Future Mixed Champion

Karlee Hall is a B.C.-based climber who’s being coached by one of Canada’s best and is now proving her future is bright in the winter sport of mixed climbing. Team Canada athlete Karlee Hall of Jaffray, B.C. competed at the UIAA’s World Cup Ice Climbing
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Janja Garnbreat Makes Historic Onsight

Slovenian Janja Garnbret has made her hardest onsight to date, Avatar 5.13d at Pandora in Croatia. The 15-year-old has won eight straight IFSC youth comps. She then sent Scat 5.14a in two attempts. Last year she climbed Pura Vida V12. She is possibly the youngest climber to
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