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White Cliffs Competition

Red Bull’s White Cliffs competition is taking place this weekend in the U.K. Some of the world’s best ice and mixed climbers have gathered to climb some of the wildest chalk routes on the planet. Over 100 metres of steep and pumpy chalk. We will have the full results
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Pee Wee climbs hard new crack

The Canadian crack-master, Jean-Pierre (Pee Wee) Ouellet, has climbed a new hard crack in Indian Creek. Pee Wee is one of the world’s best crack climbers. While visiting Indian Creek this fall, he’s managed to climb a new 5.13 crack. He named his hard new line Zebras
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Nepal Avalanche: 28 dead and search continues

The recent avalanche in Nepal has killed at least 28 people, including four Canadians. The search continues and Canadians anxiously await messages from loved ones. There are a number of people still missing. They are from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and a number of
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Urs Kallen wins Summit of Excellence 2014

Calgary’s Urs Kallen has been awarded the prestigious Summit of Excellence Award for his lifetime of achievements, contributions and mentorship in the world of climbing. Urs Kallen was born in Switzerland in 1943, and was an accomplished mountaineer by the time he arrived
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New Bugaboos Route by Olson and McAllister

Jen Olson and Tim McAllister have established a new route on the South Howser Tower. The great weather has led to excellent autumn conditions in the alpine. Olson and McAllister climbed Ethereal D+ 320 m M6 WI4R on Oct. 10, 2014. The new route climbs a nearly direct line up the
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Sean McColl Onsights 5.14a

Sean McColl is hot off an impressive year of winning competitions left, right and centre. He is now settled into France and has been climbing at Col du Marocaz. On Oct. 2, McColl onsighted Putain Strates Offerts, his first 5.14 onsight. The following day, he made a one-day ascent
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Siegrist at Lion’s Head

Jonathan Siegrist spent some time this summer climbing at Ontario’s Lion’s Head. Gripped will have a full report and interview with him in the December/January issue. There is a very strong group of climbers who call Lion’s Head home, including Mark Smith, Greg
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Korra Pesce sessions the Grande Jorasses

Chamonix-based Korra Pesce has been at the cutting edge of alpine climbing in the Alps for years. This fall, he has focused on the Grande Jorasses and the great alpine conditions. Pesce started his season on the Grande with a solo of the 800-metre Polish Route M6 in just over two
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She does it again! Akalski sends

Marieta Akalski jumped onto headlines this summer after proving she is quickly becoming one of North America’s strongest women. The Toronto-based Akalski became the fifth Canadian woman to climb 5.14a when she sent Geminis in Rodellar, Spain. Five days later, on Oct. 6, she
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Brits climb Mount Alberta’s North Face

Visiting U.K. climbers make third ascent of route on Mount Alberta’s North Face. Nick Bullock and Will Sim have made a rare ascent of the north face of the 3,619-metre Mount Alberta via the 2008 route climbed by Steve House and Vince Anderson. Nick Bullock’s blog Will
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