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Bold Solo And A New Route Big Wall Route In China

He Chuan has completed a new big wall on a famous mountain in China. It took Chuan eight days, four more than planned, to climb the 20 pitches up the 700-metre South Peak of Mount Huashan in western China, which he named Climb Like You Are Dying 5.10R A3. The route is
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New Hard Free Climb on Squamish North Walls

Marc-Andre Leclerc has reported the first free ascent of an old aid route on the North Walls of The Chief. The Raven is an eight-pitch 5.9 A4 that was first climbed by Perry Beckham and Damien Kelly. While the route does no see as much attention as other Squamish aid climbs, such
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Will Mayo Repeats Legendary Vedauwoo Crack

Will Mayo is known for his difficult winter sends, but he is no stranger to the stone. Yasha Hai is a finger-sized roof crack that was among the first rock climbs in the world to be rated 5.13a (circa 1979). The first ascent was recorded as having been done by an anonymous
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Jam Rock, Chris Sharma’s Quebec Route

Watch Yanick Duguay climb Welcome to Jam Rock, one of Quebec’s hardest route. Welcome to Jam Rock was considered Quebec’s most difficult route until Chris Sharma came along and sent it. In 2010, Duguay repeated the steep route that climbs a crimpy 5.11 face to V11
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New Pitch on Half Dome’s Damaged Northwest Face

Less than one month after a major rock-fall left a classic American route damaged, climbers have established a new pitch. The rock-fall that sent some of pitches 11 and 12 from Half Dome’s Northwest Face crashing to the valley below left many wondering if the route was too
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Paraclimbing Team Summits Eiger

A team of three British paraclimbers have accomplished their 2015 goal of climbing the Eiger. John Churcher, Alex Taylor and Jay Owen have successfully climbed the West Flank Route, assisted by Mark McGowan and Colin Gourley. Their mission was to raise awareness of paraclimbing
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Speed Flyer Dies After Take-Off in Squamish

Kyle Wolochatiuk, 40, died on Sunday, July 25, during a flight from The Chief in Squamish. Speed flying is similar to paragliding, a sport that has become very popular over the past decade in Squamish, but utilizes a smaller wing. The BC Coroner’s Service said Wolochatiuk died
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Huge New Climb is First Ascent of the Mirror Wall in Greenland

One month ago, Leo Houlding and a small team left for a remote part of Greenland’s Renland to attempt a new wall. The Mirror Wall, which faces northwest, was first explored in 2012 by a Swiss Team that established two routes, one on either side of the main face. Visi
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Adam Ondra Crushing Between World Cups

Adam Ondra has been performing consistently well during the IFSC bouldering world cup season. On his days off, he has been busy making hard sends outdoors. Before the Birancon world cup, Ondra onsighted Face Bouc 5.14b on a hot day. In Ceuse, he made the second ascent of Chris
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Watch Squamish 365 by Jamie Finlayson

Jamie Finlayson is a Squamish-based photographer and one of Canada’s most technical climbers. On July 24 was the Canmore Climbing Festival, which had Sonnie Trotter, Barry Blanchard and Raphael Slawinski give presentations. At the end of the evening was a photo contest that
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