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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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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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Mar Álvarez: second female ascent of Era Vella

Spanish climber Mar Alvarez has sent the classic Margalef climb Era Vella 5.14d and become the second woman to do so. In 2012 Sasha DiGiulian sent the route which was established in 2009 by Chris Sharma. The route has been climbed nearly two dozen times. This is Alvarez’s
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New Routes in B.C.’s Leaning Towers

The Leaning Towers are a remote range of peaks in southeastern B.C. The area is seldom visited due to the long bushwhacking approach.   During mid-August, Michelle Kadatz, Katie Bono and Hannah Preston ventured in for their first trip. Despite bad weather, they managed to
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Beaver Valley Climbing Festival

The Beaver Valley Climbing Festival will be taking place in Ontario’s Beaver Valley this weekend (Aug 23). The Beaver Valley Climbing Festival is approaching so be sure to buy your tickets today and support the Ontario Access Coalition that fight to keep climbing open in
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Slacklife Gathers in Squamish

Slacklife B.C. Launches second Annual Assault on the Chief.  By Drew Copeland People from as far off as California and Montreal gathered at the North Gullies of the Stawamus Chief this weekend to walk the highlines.  The impetus behind the gathering is a group called Slacklife
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Wide Awake in the Bugs: stellar-looking new route

Jon Walsh is one of Canada’s leading alpine climbers. In our current issue (Aug/Sept,) he features the Bugaboos in a a photo essay. This summer he headed to the seldom-visited Pigeon Feathers and found a choice route on Wide Awake Tower. Walsh and Michelle Katadtz added
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Climbers die on Mont Blanc during tragic year

Six people went missing on the Mont Blanc massif and were discovered the following day, the group included one mountain guide. Death on Mont Blanc is unfortunatley an all-to-common occurrence. With over-eager guides and casual climbers crowding its slopes, the mountain is one of
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From Around the World: new routes and wild K2 stats!

Here is an update on what has been going on outside of Canada this summer. On May 29 and 30, American climbers John Frieh and Jess Roskelley made the first ascent of No Rest For the Wicked IV+ AI6 M7, a hard new route up the West Witches Tit in SE Alaska. For the full report
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