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Pete Whittaker Flashes El Cap

Pete Whittaker has flashed the famous route, Freerider 5.12d. He climbed it with Tom Randall in mid-October. U.K. strongman Whittaker has spent much of the later half of 2014 in Yosemite. He said that he is surprised by the lack of progression in big wall climbing. By that, he
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Marieta Akalski sends 5.14b!

Toronto-based Marieta Akalski has committed the majority of 2014 to sport climbing. She has spent the last little while in  Spain and has made history, again. Akalski just sent Florida 8c (5.14b) in Rodellar. Her first of the grade. She has become the third Canadian woman to
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Sonnie Trotter sends new 5.14 and Skaha’s hardest line!

Sonnie Trotter has climbed his project at the Skaha Bluffs near Penticton, B.C. and named it Family Man. Trotter climbed the 5.14b line on Oct. 21, 2014. Trotter’s been busy balancing his climbing life with being a new father, which doesn’t seem to have slowed him
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New route in Central Garhwal by Jim Elzinga and Steve House

The Alpine Mentors have been in India’s Central Garhwal for nearly a month. Despite some bad weather, they have climbed a new route. Jim Elzinga and Steve House have climbed the previously unclimbed southwest face of Brahamasar II, 1,000 metres. A message came from
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Old Baldy is OPEN to climbers

After many years of being off-limits, Old Baldy access has been secured by the Ontario Access Coalition. Southern Ontario has more people than anywhere else in Canada, but limited places to climb. To make issues worse, some of the crags suffer from ongoing access issues. The
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White Cliffs Competition

Red Bull’s White Cliffs competition is taking place this weekend in the U.K. Some of the world’s best ice and mixed climbers have gathered to climb some of the wildest chalk routes on the planet. Over 100 metres of steep and pumpy chalk. We will have the full results
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Pee Wee climbs hard new crack

The Canadian crack-master, Jean-Pierre (Pee Wee) Ouellet, has climbed a new hard crack in Indian Creek. Pee Wee is one of the world’s best crack climbers. While visiting Indian Creek this fall, he’s managed to climb a new 5.13 crack. He named his hard new line Zebras
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Nepal Avalanche: 28 dead and search continues

The recent avalanche in Nepal has killed at least 28 people, including four Canadians. The search continues and Canadians anxiously await messages from loved ones. There are a number of people still missing. They are from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and a number of
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Urs Kallen wins Summit of Excellence 2014

Calgary’s Urs Kallen has been awarded the prestigious Summit of Excellence Award for his lifetime of achievements, contributions and mentorship in the world of climbing. Urs Kallen was born in Switzerland in 1943, and was an accomplished mountaineer by the time he arrived
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New Bugaboos Route by Olson and McAllister

Jen Olson and Tim McAllister have established a new route on the South Howser Tower. The great weather has led to excellent autumn conditions in the alpine. Olson and McAllister climbed Ethereal D+ 320 m M6 WI4R on Oct. 10, 2014. The new route climbs a nearly direct line up the
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