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New Hard Bugaboo Free Route is Reinhold Pussycat

The Bugaboos have been been abuzz this year with a number of hard new free routes. The latest was by Bruce Miller and Chris Weidner and it’s called Reinhold Pussycat 5.12c, which they first climbed in 2006 at 5.11 A2. In the 2007 American Alpine Journal, Weidner wrote,
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A List of Hard and Steep Canadian Routes

Canada has some hard routes, from burly to long and technical 5.14s. Here is a select list of some of the hardest. By Sophia Vlahos Canadian climbing legend, Sonnie Trotter, has largely influenced the world of climbing in Canada by establishing and making first ascents on
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New Bigwall 5.13 in Norway is Splitter

Dave MacLeod, Jacob Cook and Calum Muskett have made the first free ascent of Disco 2000 on Blåmman, near Tromso in the northern part of Norway. The 13-pitch 5.13 was freed over three days, after aid climbing and working the lower part of the route. MacLeod wrote the following on
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Hard Repeats and Big First Ascents

From 5.15 repeats in Europe to V15 second ascents in South Africa and new 5.14s in Canada, climbers have been getting after it in August. At the Ramirole crag in the Verdon Gorge, Seb Bouin has made the first ascent of A Muerte Bilou 5.14d. The route climbs a wild 50-metre line
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Jamie Finlayson Sends Silent Menace/Smell the Glove

Jamie Finlayson is one of Canada’s strongest climbers and he recently sent a long-time project in Squamish. By Jamie Finlayson I tried this route off and on for four years, but the nearby route, Dreamcather 5.14d, had always distracted me. This season, I decided to put some
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Climbing Fitness #4: Love Thy Ankles

This is the fourth installment of a new series on how to stretch and strengthen those climbing muscles. It is brought to you by Ashley Edwards and Kate Evans, co-founders of City Yogis in Toronto. As climbers we need strong, stable, and flexible ankles to improve climbing
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Watch Roland Hemetzberger Send Delirium

As the standard of sport climbing has risen, room is running out at classic crags for climbers to make their mark on classy lines.  Over the past decade, many young climbers are taking their 5.14 skills to big alpine walls. Watch Roland Hemetzberger climb a new 5.14 in the Kaiser
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Everest Open for Autumn Business

Despite Mount Everest’s popular season being in the spring, the fall season often has a number of expeditions aiming for the summit. The Nepalese Sherpa Icefall Doctors have started to “repair” the route through the Khumbu Icefall between Basecamp and Camp One.
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Alex Megos Nabs Second Ascent of Norway 5.15

Alex Megos has made the second ascent of Thor’s hammer 5.15a in Flatanger Cave in Norway. The 60-metre pitch was first climbed by Adam Ondra in 2012 after being equipped by Magnus Midtbo. Megos only needed three days to send the monster route. “Felt harder then the other
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The 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and #40EpicYears

The 40th annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival starts on October 31 and celebrates #40EpicYears. Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are known for their ascents of big walls, speed records and unflinching dedication to rock climbing.The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is
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