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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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Into the Light, Episode Two

Into the light is a title about an unprecedented, unique climbing project. However it is not set to be just another climbing project. The stage is set in the Hadschar Mountains, Oman. In many ways, this place is one of the unique places in the world. The exactly place and route
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Everest is cheaper, cleaner and safer?

“Climbers will have to bring down 8 kg of extra waste or face legal action as government tackles rubbish mountain in Himalayas.” said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti. Everest is an important revenue earner for Nepal, with hundreds climbing during the
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Okanagan’s Mythologic

The team of Lyle Knight and Marc Piche bagged the first ascent of Mythologic, a long difficult ice route on the Enderby Cliffs in the North Okanagan, in 2011. Knight described Mythologic WI6, 140 m as “a skinny version of Nemesis in the Rockies” with “consistently hard” climbing
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Piolets d’Or 2014 Nominations

Canadians Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski have been nominated for their ascent of K6 West. The jury of the 22nd Piolets d’Or selected the following five ascents from a list of 76, no easy task. The president, George Lowe, together with Catherine Destivelle, Erri de Luca,
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