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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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Shin Fei, 11, Sends The Grand Hustle V13

We should expect by now that at least once a week there will be a teenager, or in this case an 11-year-old, who makes the headlines. Shin Fei is the second youngest boulderer to climb V13, the first was 10-year-old Ashima Shiriashi. Wills Young recently summed it up very well
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Mike Doyle Continues Sending Spree in Smith

Our current cover boy, Mike Doyle, isn’t living in the glory from his big send of Necessary Evil 5.14c, instead he’s putting himself through the ringer over and over, only this time in Oregon. Fresh from a successful trip to the Virgin River Gorge, Doyle moved his
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Evan Hau, Top Canadian Sport Climber Aims High in 2015

Evan Hau is a Calgary-based climber who is among the top sport climbers in the country with some of the Rockies’ hardest routes under his belt. Over the last few years, Evan has racked up one of the most impressive scorecards on Sendage.com. With four 5.14 first ascents
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The 2015 Status of Ontario Climbing Access

With summer around the corner, everyone is wondering where they can and can’t climb. In Ontario, access is a big issue and luckily the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) puts in the effort to get the information our to climbers. The Ontario Climbing Area Access Status listing
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