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Hard Sends from Around the Globe

There is no doubt that standards are on the rise, climbers are sending big grades at both ends of the age-spectrum, from 61-year-old Fransisco Marin sending 5.14a to 14-year-old Kai Ligthner sending 5.14c, again. Kai Ligthner, 14, sends Lucifer, his second 5.14c, his first being
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Another Body Recovered on Everest

Another victim of the avalanche on Everest has been found, the death toll is now at 13. Early in the morning on April 18, an avalanche swept down the Popcorn Field and buried a number of Sherpa guides. Another three sherpas remained missing after the avalanche that struck early
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Updated: Everest Avalanche kills at least 12, no climbing for four days

An avalanche on Everest has killed a number of local guides in an area known as the Popcorn Field, just above Base Camp 5,800 metres. One of the worst tragedies for climbing, the Sherpa, Nepal and everyone involved.  We reported less than a month ago that Mingma Tenzing, a Sherpa
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New-age send on an old-school route — Mont Blanc

Jeff Mercier and Corrado Pesce have free climbed Chris Bonington and Lito Tegada-Flores’ 1965 route on the West Face of Aiguille du Plan, Mont Blanc. Urs Kallen, the Swiss-born Calgary climber who pioneered dozens of new routes in the Rockies in the 60s and 70s said, this
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Exclusive: El Cocuy – An Alpine Paradise in its Death Throw

El Cocuy, in northeastern Colombia is a park of staggering beauty, and alpine big walls that the world seems to know little about. Story and photos by Cory Hall Alien frailegon plants litter the sub-glacier landscape, their stocks pushing soft bunny-eared leaves skyward towards
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Sharma and Glowacz Send Into the Light

Chris Sharma and Stefan Glowacz have climbed their project Into the Light, a 13-pitch 5.14a in Oman. The route climbs the roof of one of the largest cave’s in the world, Majlis al Jinn, The Meeting Place of Genies. To reach the bottom from one of the three holes in the top
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Ski-Mountaineering First

Ski-mountaineering combines two extreme disciplines, mountain or alpine climbing and big, back-country skiing. Chris Brazeau and Jonny Simms climbed and made the first descent of the North Glacier on Mount Stephen in B.C. on March 13. Brazeau and Simms are two of Canada’s
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Tick Season!

Ticks are little critters that run wild in spring, especially in dry areas. They are sneaky little bugs which can bring about serious long-term health problems if not caught in time.  In Canada, we have approximately 40 species of tick, but fortunately, only a few of them can
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Cougar Creek Closed

Who remembers the Alberta flood of 2013? Because of ongoing construction to prepare for a potential 2014 flood, Cougar Creek in Canmore is closed until further notice.  From the Town of Canmore: Pursuant to Section nine of the Provincial Parks Act, General Regulations, all access
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Ontario’s Leslie Timms sends her first 5.14!

Lelsie Timms becomes the fourth Canadian woman to climb 5.14. First was Ellen Powick on Pipedream at Maple Canyon, then Josie Hetyie from Vancouver, the last year Vikki Weldon sent Eulogy, also at Maple Canyon and now Timms has sent Magnum Opus, 5.14a, in Lime Kiln Canyon near
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