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Sean McColl Onsights 5.14a

Sean McColl is hot off an impressive year of winning competitions left, right and centre. He is now settled into France and has been climbing at Col du Marocaz. On Oct. 2, McColl onsighted Putain Strates Offerts, his first 5.14 onsight. The following day, he made a one-day ascent
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Siegrist at Lion’s Head

Jonathan Siegrist spent some time this summer climbing at Ontario’s Lion’s Head. Gripped will have a full report and interview with him in the December/January issue. There is a very strong group of climbers who call Lion’s Head home, including Mark Smith, Greg
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Korra Pesce sessions the Grande Jorasses

Chamonix-based Korra Pesce has been at the cutting edge of alpine climbing in the Alps for years. This fall, he has focused on the Grande Jorasses and the great alpine conditions. Pesce started his season on the Grande with a solo of the 800-metre Polish Route M6 in just over two
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She does it again! Akalski sends

Marieta Akalski jumped onto headlines this summer after proving she is quickly becoming one of North America’s strongest women. The Toronto-based Akalski became the fifth Canadian woman to climb 5.14a when she sent Geminis in Rodellar, Spain. Five days later, on Oct. 6, she
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Brits climb Mount Alberta’s North Face

Visiting U.K. climbers make third ascent of route on Mount Alberta’s North Face. Nick Bullock and Will Sim have made a rare ascent of the north face of the 3,619-metre Mount Alberta via the 2008 route climbed by Steve House and Vince Anderson. Nick Bullock’s blog Will
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Marieta Akalski is fifth Canadian woman to climb 5.14

Toronto-based Marieta Akalski has committed the majority of 2014 to sport climbing. From Colorado to  Spain, she is leaving her mark everywhere she goes. On Oct. 1, Akalski sent her first 5.14a, the Rodellar  route is called Geminis. She became the fifth Canadian woman and second
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New Squamish 5.12 on The Pulpit

Paul McSorley and Will Stanhope have climbed a new route on The Pulpit, left of the Slhanny in Squamish. The route was a combination of efforts from a number of climbers. The new route called Industry Standard 5.12 climbs The Pulpit, a feature with a sharp prow on its left side
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New Dolomite Route (looks thin!)

Maurizio Zanolla has freed Pinne Gialle (Yellow Fin,) a new four-pitch route on Tognazza in Italy’s Dolomites. The Tognazza wall has a number of weaknesses that had been climbed, but the blank wall called to Zanolla to climb it. The route climbs through the lower wall on an
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Marieta Akalski is a Canadian Crusher

Marieta Akalski has shifted away from competition climbing to sport climbing. She started this spring with a trip to Colorado and is currently in Europe. Toronto-based climber Akalski is one of Canada’s leading female climbers. Having competed in a number of competitions
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Update: French Climber’s Execution

On Sept 22, French climber Herve Gourdel was kidnapped by a militant Islamic group and two days later he was executed. This is not the first time that climbers have been victims of a terrorist attack. On June 22, 2013, over a dozen militants attacked a basecamp on the 8,126-metre
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