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Carlo Traversi’s Strong Start to Spring

There was a time when 5.14d (9a) was big news and everyone stopped in their tracks when such a grade was sent. In 2015, 5.14d is more of a sign of things to come, a means to an end.   Joining the 9a club (climbers who’ve sent 5.14d or harder) is a rite of passage for many
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Sean McColl: Two V14s in a Day!

Sean McColl is well into his trip to Fontainebleau and continues to climb some of the harder test-pieces at the world-class location. McColl’s Fontainebleau trip started about a week ago and he’s sent Neverland V11, Atresie Assis V13, Atresie V11, Big Golden Assis V11, Big Golden
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Johnny Dawes’ 1987 Route Finally Repeated

Many climbers have scene the footage of Johnny Dawes climbing his three-dimensional route called the Quarryman, but less have heard of Dawes’ Coeur de Lion on the same wall. It has taken 28 years for climbers to piece together Dawes’ Coeur de Lion and it’s no
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Nina Williams Sends World’s First V12

Nina Williams is one of the world’s strongest female boulderers and is based in Boulder, CO. In 2013, Williams sent her first V12, Last Action Hiro at Grampians in Victoria, Australia. Yesterday, she sent her most recent when she took down Trice V12 at Flagstaff Mountain,
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Alex Megos Establishes Australia’s Second 5.14d

Alex Megos’ road trip though Australia continued this week with a first ascent of only the second 5.14d in the country. Megos made the fist ascent of Australia’s first 5.14d in 2013 with he climbed Retired Extremely Dangerous in the Blue Mountains. Today, April 9,
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Andrew Funk is a Rising Canadian Rock Star

The next wave of strong Canadian climbers is starting to arrive and Andrew Funk is one of the few on top. With plans to compete at the World Youth Climbing Championships in Italy this summer, Funk is just getting started. The four provinces most involved with youth climbing are
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Frangos Sisters Send Hard Routes in Red Rocks

Canmore-based Becca and Sara Frangos are two of Alberta’s strongest young climbers.  The twin sisters recently spent spring break in Red Rocks with their family and friends. Fresh off an impressive competitive bouldering season, Becca and Sara put their training to good use
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Sonnie Trotter Sends Spanish 5.14d, “What an outrageous climb”

Canadian rock star Sonnie Trotter has been climbing in Siurana, Spain for the last few weeks and recently sent his project. Trotter has sent his 5.14d project Estado Critico with one week remaining in his trip. “Adam Ondra confirmed the grade when Alex Megos onsighted the
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Portrait of a Mountain: Mount Louis

A profile of Banff's Mount Louis, the scene of thousands of memorable ascents since 1916.
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Vikki Weldon Sends Hard Spanish Route

The route Los Humildes pa Casa 5.14a in Oliana is one of the more famous easy 5.14a in Spain. Squamish-based Vikki Weldon sent the route on Easter Sunday. Vikki became the third Canadian woman to climb 5.14a and two summers ago she made the second ascent of Yamnuska’s Blue
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