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Third Ascent of Hard Font Problem

Alban Levier recently sent l’Alchimiste V15 in Fontainebleau for its third ascent. The route was first climbed by Marc Le Menestrel in 1996 at V13, but later a crucial hold was chipped off. In 2015, Nalle Hukkataival made the second ascent and first since the hold went missing.
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Tom Ballard Sends New European D15-

Tom Ballard has sent his new D15- project in the Italian Dolomites. Tom Ballard is the son of the famous alpinist Alison Hargreaves, who died on K2 in 1995 at the age of 33. Alison was pregnant with Tom with she climbed the north face of the Eiger. In the winter of 2014/15,
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Watch a 60-metre Squamish Rope Swing!

Watch this film by Kris and Ryan Harris of a massive 60-metre Squamish rope swing! iPhone6 – 200ft Rope Swing – Squamish Chief from Beacon Media Group on Vimeo.
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Watch a Squamish Climbing Video

Watch Mason Pitchel climb the classic Sesame Street and Andrew Mckean send his first V10, King Kong. INCREDIBLE NEW CRAG DISCOVERED IN SQUAMISH, BC from Mason Pitchel on Vimeo.
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The New Grivel Captive Carabiner

Stevie Haston presents the new Grivel Captive carabiner, the anti cross-loading carabiner. Cross-loading happens when a carabiner is stressed on its minor axis. Carabiners are strongest when stressed on their major axis meaning directly in line, vertically, along the spine. When
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Watch a Send of a Classic Squamish Line

Another great video from Stu Smith of a send from the Squamish Smoke Bluffs. The route was first climbed by Peter Croft and Tami Knight at 5.11b. As Smith wrote, “There were two bolts protecting the roof and lip, luckily they were chopped leaving a pure gear protected route
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Americans Visit Scotland and Send

American climbers Josh Wharton, Steve House and Mikey Schaefer visited Scotland at the start of January. Canadians Paul Bride, Marc-Andre Leclerc, Ian Welsted, Paul McSorley, Jon Walsh and Michelle Kadatz are currently on their way to Scotland for a few weeks of climbing. The
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Watch First Ascent of Squamish 5.12

Watch Stu Smith make the first free ascent of a hard route on a new wall at Squamish’s Smoke Bluffs. This route is called Magic Crystals 5.12b was established last summer by Ryan McNutt, but wasn’t freed. “The route, although short, is quite good and climbs a
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Canadian Crusher Thomasina Pidgeon Profile

Thomasina Pidgeon has spent the last 21 years as one of Canada’s top climbers. She is based in B.C. and makes regular trips to Europe and other international climbing locations. She was the first Canadian woman to climb V12 and has sent a number to date, including
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Nathan Hall Continues Sends into New Year

Nathan Hall is a West Coast climber who has been touring American boulders since late November. In December, Hall sent some hard problems at Bishop, the Kraft Boulders and Red Rocks, including Iron Fly V9, Angel Dyno V7, Timmy’s Problem V9, Fear of the Black Hat V9,
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