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Toronto World Cup Countdown

The next IFSC World Cup will be a solo Bouldering competition held in Toronto (Hamilton)  from May 31 to June 1, after a well deserved two-week break for the athletes.  The first North American competition also marks the start of the second half of the 2014 IFSC Boulder World Cup
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Japan Creates Holiday to Celebrate Mountains

Japan has more national holidays than any of its developed peers and it recently added Mountain Day to the list. Parliament passed a bill designating Aug. 11 as a day to celebrate the nation’s peaks bringing the number of holidays to 16. “Central to Japanese culture are the ocean
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Spring Link-up on Yam

Raphael Slawinski and Jesse Huey teamed up for an impressive link-up of two of Yamnuska’s classic routes. Urs Kallen and Billy Davidson climbed CMC Wall and Yellow Edge in the early 70s. The routes are the two hardest lines on the Kallen 34 list, both committing 5.11s.
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New Mexico Mountains are new National Monument

The Organ Mountains are an iconic part of the Mesilla Valley, New Mexico. This week they will be given the status of national monument. The Las Cruces Sun reports: “President Obama will sign a proclamation Wednesday establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National
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Results from the Nationals

The Canadian Nationals for lead and speed climbing were held on the weekend at Allez Up in Montreal. The next major competition in Canada will be the Toronto World Cup, see here for details. Men’s Open 1. Marshal German 2. Nicolas Fournier 3. Mike Doyle Women’s Open
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Squamish Buttress, new pitches

Two new pitches have been added to the top of the Squamish Buttress on the West Coast’s granite landmark. Drew Dochstader and Paul Ludolph have cleaned and climbed two 5.10 pitches above the last pitch of the classic route Squamish Buttress. From Squamish climbing: The new
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Yosemite’s Unemployment Line Freed

The Unemployment Line on Mount Broderick in Yosemite was first climbed 1982 by Alan Bartlett, Jim May and Stever Gerberding. Shaun Reed and Scott Nelson made the first free ascent of the route on April 24, Cedar Wright and James Lucas made the second free ascent a week later.
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Garnbret sends Katakombe

Slovenian Janja Garnbret, 15, has made an ascent of Katakombe 5.14a in Kotecnik, Slovenia. She had previously climbed a number of 5.13+ routes and had attempted Katakombe in 2013. She is currently a European youth champion in lead an bouldering. For more awesome photos, click the
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Watch Live! World Cup Innsbruck

On Friday, May 16 the fourth stage of the World Cup will take place in Innsbruck, Austria. A record number of participants have signed up to compete. There are 71 females and 85 males who will try to qualify in the Innsbruck which is a new record of participants. Adam Ondra,
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Everest Illegal, two women at camp two without permission

There were 40 expeditions planned to climb Everest from the Nepalese side of the mountain before the April 18 avalanche which killed 16 Sherpas. Last week we reported that two climbers rented a helicopter and flew to camp two, which is also called the Valley of Silence. Born in
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