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Exclusive: El Cocuy – An Alpine Paradise in its Death Throw

El Cocuy, in northeastern Colombia is a park of staggering beauty, and alpine big walls that the world seems to know little about. Story and photos by Cory Hall Alien frailegon plants litter the sub-glacier landscape, their stocks pushing soft bunny-eared leaves skyward towards
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Sharma and Glowacz Send Into the Light

Chris Sharma and Stefan Glowacz have climbed their project Into the Light, a 13-pitch 5.14a in Oman. The route climbs the roof of one of the largest cave’s in the world, Majlis al Jinn, The Meeting Place of Genies. To reach the bottom from one of the three holes in the top
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Ski-Mountaineering First

Ski-mountaineering combines two extreme disciplines, mountain or alpine climbing and big, back-country skiing. Chris Brazeau and Jonny Simms climbed and made the first descent of the North Glacier on Mount Stephen in B.C. on March 13. Brazeau and Simms are two of Canada’s
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Tick Season!

Ticks are little critters that run wild in spring, especially in dry areas. They are sneaky little bugs which can bring about serious long-term health problems if not caught in time.  In Canada, we have approximately 40 species of tick, but fortunately, only a few of them can
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Cougar Creek Closed

Who remembers the Alberta flood of 2013? Because of ongoing construction to prepare for a potential 2014 flood, Cougar Creek in Canmore is closed until further notice.  From the Town of Canmore: Pursuant to Section nine of the Provincial Parks Act, General Regulations, all access
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Ontario’s Leslie Timms sends her first 5.14!

Lelsie Timms becomes the fourth Canadian woman to climb 5.14. First was Ellen Powick on Pipedream at Maple Canyon, then Josie Hetyie from Vancouver, then last year Vikki Weldon sent Eulogy, also at Maple Canyon and now Timms has sent Magnum Opus, 5.14a, in Lime Kiln Canyon near
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Everest 2014, off to a bad start

The commercial climbing season on Mount Everest is about to begin and it could not be off to a worse start. As teams prepare to arrive in Base Camp, there’s already been a fatality and accident on the South Side. Mingma Tenzing, a Sherpa with Peaks Freaks, passed away in
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Hazel Findlay is first British woman to climb 5.14b

Hazel Findlay has become the first British Woman to climb 5.14b with her redpoint of Fish Eye at Oliana, Spain. Findlay is known for her bold ascents around the globe, from E9 trad routes to Golden Gate on El Capitan, Yosemite. Four British woman had climbed 5.14a before Findlay
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Rolling Stones, Alpine Free on the Grandes Jorasses

The north face of the Grandes Jorasses is one of the most sought-after alpine walls. Slovenian climbers Luka Lindic and Luka Krajnc recently made a three-day, first free ascent on the 1,000-metre face, during a six-day car-to-car trip. With unstable weather plaguing alpine
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The New Gripp’d

After 15 years of being Gripped, we have decided to move forward as Gripp’d. Yesterday, March 31, Arc’teryx announced they will be changing their name to Archaeopteryx, dropping the apostrophe for the full name of the “dead bird.” As Archaeopteryx states
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