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Watch Regan Kennedy Project a 5.14 Slab

Regan Kennedy, one of Canada’s strongest female climbers, attempts Ojas 5.14a and talks about the climbing lifestyle. To send Ojas is one of Kennedy’s goals for 2015. This short film was produced by Wiktor Skupinski and is about Kennedy’s climbing lifestyle and
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10 Great Ascents in Canada From the Past Century

No better way to celebrate Canada Day than to look back at 100 years and 10 great ascents on Canadian soil. In 1896, Ha Ling made the first ascent of the most westward peak in the Ehagay Nakoda range south of Canmore. The peak now has a number of classic route routes, read about
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Ashima Shiraishi Sends in Norway

Ashima Shiraishi has been spending the first part of the summer in the Netherlands. With Kai Lightner, the pair visited the Flatanger Cave in Norway. The strong American duo had to deal with soaking wet holds that seeped uncontrollably. After a week of projecting difficult, and
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Adventure on Mount Bute to Free 50-Pitch School of Rock

Jason Ammerlaan, Nathan MacDonald and Luke Neufeld have returned from B.C.’s remote Mount Bute after having freed the School of Rock. Ammerlaan, MacDonald and Neufeld spent two days on the 1,900-metre route climbing and a third day descending. “We were feeling lucky
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Difficult New Route Climbed on Remote Quebec Wall

Patrick Brouillard and Charles Lacroix have established the most difficult route on Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, north of Quebec City. Their new route is a 200-metre six-pitch 5.11 A0 called Contortions. The first few pitches follow cracks and chimneys at around 5.9. The
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Echo Canyon’s Radical Tall Storey Wall

Echo Canyon has become one of Western Canada’s premiere sport climbing destinations, from cragging to multi-pitch. Tall Storey is a 185-metre 5.11c that was established and climbed in 2009 by Chris Perry and his son, Ian. The route has become one of the most popular
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Wide Boyz Visit the Recovery Drink

Watch Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker have a go at what might be the world’s hardest crack climb. ”Last month, Pete and I were invited on a trip to Norway to lecture at the infamous Ballestein Festival,” said Randall. “What was even more exciting than the
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New Squamish Crag is Family Friendly

Tess Egan and her husband, Jason Robinson, have developed a new crag in Squamish called the Playground. Along the way, Kye Egan-Robinson, made one of the youngest first ascents ever. After discovering the potential crag, Tess had to convince her husband that it was worth the
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El Cap’s Newest Free Route: The Heart Route

Mason Earle, 26, has made the first free ascent of the Heart Route on El Capitan and his partner, Brad Gobright, 27, freed everything but a few metres. The 1970 route up the southwest face of El Cap was first climbed by Scott Davis and Chuck Kroger. The Heart formation is a
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Mount Logan Success, Storms and Helicopters

In May and June, three highly experienced climbers were attempting to traverse Mount Logan. After reaching the summit they were forced to spend a week above 5,000 metres in snow caves until a helicopter picked them up. Bryce Brown and his two partners flew on May 16 from the
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