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The New Gripp’d

After 15 years of being Gripped, we have decided to move forward as Gripp’d. Yesterday, March 31, Arc’teryx announced they will be changing their name to Archaeopteryx, dropping the apostrophe for the full name of the “dead bird.” As Archaeopteryx states
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Canadians Win 2014 Piolets d’Or

Canadians Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski, along with Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck, have won the 2014 Piolets d’Or. The Piolets d’Or jury has come to a decision based on the Piolets d’Or charter. The technical committee of the Piolets d’Or provided a list
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Alain Robert Climbs Ariane Tower

Alain Robert has soloed many of the world’s largest buildings and the 51-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.   Robert is a French rock climber from Digoin, Saone-et-Loire,Bourgogne, France. He is known as the French Spider Man or the Human Spider. He is famous for
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Katy Whittaker Becomes Fourth British Woman to Climb 5.14

Katy Whittaker is one of the UK’s top female climbers, she recently became the fourth British woman to climb 5.14a with her ascent of China Crises at Oliana, Spain. She excels at indoor competitions, technical grit routes and hard sport routes. Born in Burnley, but grew up in
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Mirko Caballero is Youngest to Send V14

Mirko Caballero, the 13-year-old bouldering phenom, has just sent one V-grade higher than his age, his first V14. Welcome to being a teenager Caballero, and congratulations on being the youngest person to climb a V14. Paul Robinson made the first ascent of the sit-start in 2012,
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Wide Boyz II, Slender Gentleman

After their success climbing the world’s hardest offwidth, the Wide Boyz, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, embark on their next crack climbing mission. This time their sights are set on the thinner end of the crack climbing spectrum. Their goal is the mighty Cobra Crack in
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McColl Sends 14d on Second Try

Many climbers can climb V14, many climbers climb 5.14d, few climbers can climb both. Sean McColl is proving he is not only Canada’s top rock climber, he is one of the world’s top rock climbers. After an extended road trip where he focused on tackling blocs, he has
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Sharma and Glowacz go Into the Light

Stefan Glowacz and Chris Sharma climb Majlis al Jinn, the second-largest cavern in the world, 13 pitches of climbing up to 5.14. What goes up  must come down, well in this case, what goes down must come up. Chris Sharma and Stefan Glowacz descend beneath the earth’s surface
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Babsi sends Prinzip Hoffnung

Barbara Zangerl has made the fifth ascent and first female ascent of Beat Kammerlander’s Prinzip Hoffnung (Principle of Hope,) 5.14a, on the Burser Platte, Vorarlberg, Austria. Barbara “Babsi” Zangerl of Austria was the first woman to complete the “Alpine
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New Coire Dubious in the Rockies

The Rockies Lodder Peak has long been the scene of winter mixed climbing. The classic Coire Dubh Integral is one of the best 5.7, WI2+, 600-metre alpine-esque mixed routes in Canada. After a few hundred metres of easy ice, you climb corners and pockets to the saddle north of
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