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The Shadow gets a second female free ascent

Brette Harrington has become the second woman to climb the impressive Shadow pitch on The Chief. In 2012, Senja Palonen became the first woman to climb The Shadow. Palonen wrote on Sendage, “One of the most beautiful and iconic routes in Squamish, so fun.” Harrington
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Ondra is Lead World Champ

Canadian Sean McColl finished in sixth-place at the lead climbing World Championships. Adam Ondra took his second title of year. Less than a month after Adam Ondra became the world champion for bouldering, he stood on another podium in front of a full arena as the lead world
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Mayo Sends Summer Dry-Tool Line

Will Mayo has pieced together the long reaches of this new dry-tool problem in the Ghetto via headlamp. The Existensionalist looks like a like a great way to train for the upcoming mixed/ice season. The route climbs 30 metres along a roof in an abandoned mine near Colorado
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New Rockies Routes by Jay Mills and Friends

The Rockies have had over two feet of snow fall on them this week. Before the cold weather started, Jay Mills and friends climbed a number of new long moderates in and around Banff. Mills first climbed a new route on Mount Cory. The line takes easy ground up an easy rib between
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The Barbarian: Squamish’s newest hard big route

Luke Neufeld has made the first ascent of one of a route which will become one of Squamish’s test pieces. The Barbarian 5.13b/c climbs the aesthetic prow on Barbarian Wall left of the Slhanny. By Luke Neufeld This fall I finally managed to send a long-term project of mine.
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Video: Ontario’s Beaver Valley Climbing Festival

The 2014 Beaver Valley Climbing Festival took place at Metcalfe Rock in Ontario. This was the second annual event and was a great success with raising money for the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC). Leslie Timms and Jennie Elmslie were the masterminds behind the festival and have
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New Hard Route on Castle Mountain

During the summer of 2014, Sam Eastman and Sam Lambert bolted and climbed a new route on Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. Both climbers helped Sonnie Trotter with Castles in the Sky 5.14a in 2013 and were inspired by the solid dolomite of the mountain. The result of their
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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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