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The Barbarian: Squamish’s newest hard big route

Luke Neufeld has made the first ascent of one of a route which will become one of Squamish’s test pieces. The Barbarian 5.13b/c climbs the aesthetic prow on Barbarian Wall left of the Slhanny. By Luke Neufeld This fall I finally managed to send a long-term project of mine.
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Video: Ontario’s Beaver Valley Climbing Festival

The 2014 Beaver Valley Climbing Festival took place at Metcalfe Rock in Ontario. This was the second annual event and was a great success with raising money for the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC). Leslie Timms and Jennie Elmslie were the masterminds behind the festival and have
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New Hard Route on Castle Mountain

During the summer of 2014, Sam Eastman and Sam Lambert bolted and climbed a new route on Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. Both climbers helped Sonnie Trotter with Castles in the Sky 5.14a in 2013 and were inspired by the solid dolomite of the mountain. The result of their
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Arco Rock Master: Bouldering Results

The Arco Rock Master hosted the Rock Master Boulder K.O. competition, a fast-paced contest which weeds out the weakest climber fast. Rock Master Festival describes the competition as such: “Boulder KO System. Put in other words, bouldering Rock Master style. An extremely
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Honnold Free Solos Univesity Wall

Alex Honnold made the first free-solo ascent of University Wall, one of Squamish’s most iconic routes, last week. Tim Auger, Hamish Mutch, Dan Tate and Glenn Woodward made the first ascent of University Wall over a number of sessions between 1965-1966 . In 1982, Peter
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New Official Speed Record

New Official Speed World Record of 5.76 seconds set by Libor Hroza. This is fast!
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Video: Highlights from the Bouldering World Championships in Munich 2014

Highlights from the recent World Championships in Munich from Held Niklas. For results see here.    
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Rampage Bouldering Heads to Squamish

Over 100 people arrived to participate on Aug. 24 in Rampage Bouldering at the Grand Wall Boulders. Story and photos by Drew Copeland “It’s the first ever bouldering competition of this scale in Squamish and we’ll try to do it on a yearly basis,” said event organizer
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Baffin Island: Canadians climb new routes on big granite!

Four Canadians have returned from a month-long expedition into the heart of the Sam Ford Fjord. Crosby Johnston, Joshua Lavigne, Paul McSorley and Tony Richardson spent the better part of July and August in the Walker Arm of the Sam Ford Fiord on Baffin Island in Nunavut. By Paul
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World Bouldering Championships Finals

An exciting finish to the multi-day event that drew thousands to watch and the world’s best to compete. Canadians Sean McColl finished ninth and Jason Holowach finished 19th.  Adam Ondra and Juliane Wurm won the 2014 Bouldering World Championships in Munich, Germany. Both
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