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Tour de Bloc at The Bloc Shop

The third Tour de Bloc of eastern Canada took place on the weekend at Montreal’s The Bloc Shop. Much like the first three events at Allez Up in Montreal, True North in Toronto and the CCC in Calgary, competitors climbed hard. Photos and story by Aidas Odonelis Montreal’s
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Leclerc links two huge Rockies ice routes by lunch

Marc-Andre Leclerc started ice climbing when he was 15. The now 22-year-old has made a name for himself by climbing fast and using a combination of solo/rope-solo techniques up many of Canada’s classic routes. Two of the main attractions during the Rockies’ ice
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Old Shannon Falls Route is Re-Cleaned

The rapid growth of vegetation in Squamish means routes must be kept up-to-date and climbed regularly or they’ll be lost beneath moss and shrubbery. Kris Wild recently unearthed Jump to Lightspeed near Shannon Falls in Squamish. “Just wanted to let folks know that I
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Honnold’s Squamish record you didn’t know about

Alex Honnold is one of the most well-known names in climbing. In 2014, he set a new speed record for Squamish’s Grand Wall. Not only has Honnold has climbed Sonnie Trotter’s testpiece, Cobra Crack 5.14, linked Free Grand 5.13b, Northern Lights 5.12a, Freeway 5.11 and
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Leclerc and Lavigne Climb Wild Thing

Squamish-based Marc-Andre Leclerc and Rockies-based Joshua Lavigne make a rare ascent of Wild Thing VI WI4 M7 1,500 metres on Mount Chephren. Leclerc has been visiting the Rockies for most of November. He climbed a new route with Jon Walsh, The Plum WI6 M7 120 m, soloed Sacre
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UPDATE: Tommy Caldwell Sends Dawn Wall Crux!

After six years of working on the crux-pitch of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell has sent it. Hello. As Caldwell wrote on his Facebook, “Oh my goodness!!! After six years, I finally sent this beast of a pitch. Inspired by Keven’s fight-to-the-death near
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The Kranj World Cup and Sean McColl’s top finish

The 2014 IFSC World Cup season wrapped up this November 15-16 in Kranj, Slovenia. Home country favorite Mina Markovic took gold before her home crowd and we crowned this season’s overall medalists in Lead. Just a stone’s throw from Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana, Kranj
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Watch Sonnie Trotter on Family Man 5.14

This is a short clip documenting Sonnie Trotter’s first ascent of Family Man, 5.14 in Skaha. As Trotter said, “For me, this climb was as much about getting outside with my family, as it was about trying hard. So, Thanks to everyone who helped make this ascent come to
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New Rockies Mixed Route: Warm Wet Comfort

Kris Irwin and Jay Mills have climbed a new one-pitch mixed route above Emerald Lake in the Rockies. Irwin, owner of Rockies Ice and Alpine Specialists, and Mills, owner of Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides, teamed up for the first ascent of this moderate, fun looking mixed route
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Pee Wee Sends Hard Desert Crack

Jean-Pierre (Pee Wee) Ouellet has sent his multi-week project in Indian Creek. He has climbed a number of text-piece cracks this fall. Since arriving in Moab over a month ago, Ouellet has climbed a half-dozen 5.13s, including two first ascents, one being Zebras and Moonbeams, and
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