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Alpine Club of Canada’s Jen Higgins Fund goes to…

The Jen Higgins Fund was established in 1997 “to promote alpine-related outdoor pursuits for young women.” Until her death at the age of 22, Higgins set an outstanding example for young women with her unique combination of “… a love of the outdoors,
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Canadians’ Success in Alaska’s Revelation Mountains

Ian Welsted, Darren Vonk and Kris Irwin are back to Talkeetna, AK, after three weeks in the rarely-visited Revelation mountains. The John Lauchlan supported expedition to the Revelations which departed on April 1, returned successfully to Talkeetna on April 23. The first recorded
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Climbing Continues on Everest North

As climbers and Sherpas are putting the pieces together after last week’s deadly avalanche above Everest’s Base Camp on the Nepal south side of the mountain, teams on the north (China) side continue to climb. The Chinese Base Camp is at 5,199 metres. Here is a list of
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Hard Sends from Around the Globe

There is no doubt that standards are on the rise, climbers are sending big grades at both ends of the age-spectrum, from 61-year-old Fransisco Marin sending 5.14a to 14-year-old Kai Ligthner sending 5.14c, again. Kai Ligthner, 14, sends Lucifer, his second 5.14c, his first being
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Update: Another Body Recovered on Everest

Another victim of the avalanche on Everest has been found, the death toll is now at 13. Update on Monday April 21: Search operations called off for the three remaining Sherpa.  Lakpa Sherpa of the Himalayan Rescue Operation announced from Everest Base Camp, “We have called
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Updated: Everest Avalanche kills at least 12, no climbing for four days

An avalanche on Everest has killed a number of local guides in an area known as the Popcorn Field, just above Base Camp 5,800 metres. One of the worst tragedies for climbing, the Sherpa, Nepal and everyone involved.  We reported less than a month ago that Mingma Tenzing, a Sherpa
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New-age send on an old-school route — Mont Blanc

Jeff Mercier and Corrado Pesce have free climbed Chris Bonington and Lito Tegada-Flores’ 1965 route on the West Face of Aiguille du Plan, Mont Blanc. Urs Kallen, the Swiss-born Calgary climber who pioneered dozens of new routes in the Rockies in the 60s and 70s said, this
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Exclusive: El Cocuy – An Alpine Paradise in its Death Throw

El Cocuy, in northeastern Colombia is a park of staggering beauty, and alpine big walls that the world seems to know little about. Story and photos by Cory Hall Alien frailegon plants litter the sub-glacier landscape, their stocks pushing soft bunny-eared leaves skyward towards
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Sharma and Glowacz Send Into the Light

Chris Sharma and Stefan Glowacz have climbed their project Into the Light, a 13-pitch 5.14a in Oman. The route climbs the roof of one of the largest cave’s in the world, Majlis al Jinn, The Meeting Place of Genies. To reach the bottom from one of the three holes in the top
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Ski-Mountaineering First

Ski-mountaineering combines two extreme disciplines, mountain or alpine climbing and big, back-country skiing. Chris Brazeau and Jonny Simms climbed and made the first descent of the North Glacier on Mount Stephen in B.C. on March 13. Brazeau and Simms are two of Canada’s
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