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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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Adam Ondra Onsights 5.14d (again)

Adam Ondra, arguably the world’s best climber, has onsighted his second 5.14d, his first was La Cabane au Canada in Rawyl last year. UK Climbing reported Ondra onsighted Il Domani 5.14d, in the Baltzola cave, Basque country. Patxi Usobiaga watched Ondra make the ascent and
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Ashima and Kai light it up at the Ring of Fire

The 2014 Ring of Fire Climbing Competition’s final round was on May 3 at Central Rock in Watertown M.A. The two young crushers who have been making headlines of late, Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi, took top spots in the open category, an amazing performance by two
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Canadians climb Harvard Route, and other Alaska news

The Harvard Route is a classic in the Alaska Range. The Harvard is a  mixed route with steep aid climbing on some of the best granite in the range. Mount Huntington is one of the most aesthetic peaks in North America. On May 4, Canmore-based Bryce Brown and Thunder Bay climber
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Nalle Sends 13-Year Project, New V16

Finnish boulderer Nalle Hukkataival has linked a sit-start to Bugeleisen in Austria, one of the hardest boulder problems in the world at V16. Bugeleisen is Klem Loskot’s 2001 masterpiece in Austria’s Maltatal valley. The route has had little attention from top
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Sherpa Fund Raises $300,000

The Sherpa Fund was established after the tragic avalanche on Everest. A group of 10 photographers, with years of experience working with the Sherpa people, donated prints to be sold at $100 each, 3,000 have been purchased. One-hundred per cent of proceeds from the sale will go
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The Circus Won’t Go On

The spring avalanche that killed up to 16 Sherpas (13 confirmed) has left the world of climbing in the same position as the world of organized sports since the racist comments by Donald Sterling. The incidents have sparked outrage from athletes, spectators (armchair mountaineers)
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Alaska’s Revelations by Ian Welsted

For three weeks in April, three Rockies-based climbers ventured into the rarely visited Revelations range. Ian Welsted, who was recently awarded the Piolets d’Or, Kris Irwin, owner of Rockies Ice Specialists, and Darren Vonk, a climbing guide with Yamnuska Mountain School.
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