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Luke Zimmerman Crushing in Squamish

Luke Zimmerman is a West Coast-based climber who’s been putting in some time on the boulders. In December 2014, Zimmerman sent The Method V12 and then went on to send The Squaminator V11, The Perfect Cave V11 and he also just sent The Summoning Sit V12. “One of the
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Trapped on Everest: Evacuations and Rescues Continue

The chaos continues one day after the 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Over 60 survivors from an avalanche that leveled most of Base Camp on Mount Everest have been evacuated to the capital Kathmandu. At least 22 climbers are confirmed dead and some reports suggest 217 are missing.
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Everest Earthquake: Canadians Safe After Tragedy

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche that killed 17 people. A number of Canadian are in the Everest area and all are reported to be safe. It’s the deadliest disaster in the history of climbing on the world’s highest peak. There were over 60
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Era Vella’s Fourth Female Ascent

Belgium climber, 18-year-old Anak Verhoeven, made the fourth female ascent of the famous Chris Sharma route Era Vella 5.14d at Margalef, Spain. “Anak Verhoeven Climbing for Jesus” are the first words you read when visiting Verhoeven’s blog. Religion is often
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Ground Up’s Lifetime Membership A Great Deal

Squamish is the future home of a new, modern climbing gym called Ground Up that is expected to open in 2015. There’s currently an excellent opportunity to purchase lifetime memberships. Lauren Watson is the mastermind behind Squamish’s much-anticipated indoor training
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Watch Sharma Send His New 5.15!

On March 7, Sharma made the first ascent of El Bon Combat 5.15b/c. He described the route as the The “King Line.” El Bon Combat is located at Cova de Ocell, about 40 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. It was bolted by Martí Iglesias Galobart. Sharma’s been working the route since
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First Japanese Ascent of The Wild Thing

The Wild Thing is one of the Rockies’ most classic alpine routes. First climbed in 1987, the most recent and first Japanese ascent was by Yamada Toshiyuki and Takeshi Tani.   During the third week of Apil, Toshiyuki and Tani made what was likely the 12th ascent of the
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Angie Johnson is Youngest to Send 5.14b

Australian climber, 10-year-old Angie Scarth-Johnson, has set a new standard by becoming the youngest person to ever climb 5.14b. In only two years, the young crusher has gone from her first 5.12c to her first 5.14b with her recent send of Welcome to Tijuana 8c in Rodellar. She
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Samuel Tiukuvaara’s Val-David Sendathon

Samuel Tiukuvaara is an Ottawa-based climber who just had one of the strongest three hours ever at Val-David. Tiukuvaara, who had never sent a V11, climbed three of them at Val-David last weekend, including Cowboy Low, Ultra Belly and Bouddha Belly. Tiukuvaara’s Sendage
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Massive Rockfall in Squamish, Search Underway

In Squamish, there has been a huge rockfall on the Chief’s North Walls that occurred at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday. The rockfall could be heard throughout Downtown. “The damage is monumental,” said local Paul McSorley who was new-routing on the North Walls last week.
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