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Speed Flyer Dies After Take-Off in Squamish

Kyle Wolochatiuk, 40, died on Sunday, July 25, during a flight from The Chief in Squamish. Speed flying is similar to paragliding, a sport that has become very popular over the past decade in Squamish, but utilizes a smaller wing. The BC Coroner’s Service said Wolochatiuk died
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Huge New Climb is First Ascent of the Mirror Wall in Greenland

One month ago, Leo Houlding and a small team left for a remote part of Greenland’s Renland to attempt a new wall. The Mirror Wall, which faces northwest, was first explored in 2012 by a Swiss Team that established two routes, one on either side of the main face. Visi
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Adam Ondra Crushing Between World Cups

Adam Ondra has been performing consistently well during the IFSC bouldering world cup season. On his days off, he has been busy making hard sends outdoors. Before the Birancon world cup, Ondra onsighted Face Bouc 5.14b on a hot day. In Ceuse, he made the second ascent of Chris
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Watch Squamish 365 by Jamie Finlayson

Jamie Finlayson is a Squamish-based photographer and one of Canada’s most technical climbers. On July 24 was the Canmore Climbing Festival, which had Sonnie Trotter, Barry Blanchard and Raphael Slawinski give presentations. At the end of the evening was a photo contest that
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Sasha DiGiulian Repeats Legendary Ron Kauk Route

American crusher Sasha DiGiulian has repeated a difficult Ron Kauk route. The route is called Peace 5.13c/d and became well-known after Kauk appeared in one of the Masters of Stone videos climbing the 100-metre route. It was originally being climbed ground up by John Bachar, who
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New Big Rockies Route: Bucking Horse Rider

Three Squamish-based senders have climbed a new big route on the Rockies’ Mount Louis. Mount Louis is an iconic peak near the town of Banff and is part of the Sawback Range. The first ascent was nearly 100 years ago and despite what some might think, it is hardly climbed
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Kate Rutherford and Jasmin Caton Climb New Remote Alpine Routes

The Leaning Towers in are remote and rarely-visited granite peaks in B.C.’s interior. By Jasmin Caton Kate Rutherford and I just returned from a week-long trip to the Leaning Towers in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. We enlisted the services of Stephen Senecal as a
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Fair Island: Newfoundland’s Remote Bouldering

While Newfoundland’s Fair Island is 7,500 kilometres from Squamish, the two areas have a lot in common – both have world-class Canadian granite climbing. From July 3 to 5, climbers traveled to Fair Island as part of an Alpine Club of Canada Newfoundland/Labrador trip.
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Recent Hard Sends by Canadians

Summer is in full effect in Canada and that means projects are going down from east to west. In Quebec, Olivier Turgeon has sent L’Italienne 5.13c and La Polonaise 5.13d at Kamarouska. In the fall of 2014, Turgeon sent his project of the year, Le Patient 5.14a at
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Watch a Heady Deep Water Solo

One of the most incredible parts of deep water soloing is the thrill of exploration that the discipline offers. New routing above the ocean doesn’t require bags of equipment, logistical planning or technical know-how, but rather a pair of shoes and a curious spirit. It was
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