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Watch The Women`s Speed Record on El Capitan’s The Nose

In 2014, Libby Sauter and Mayan Smith-Gobat set the record for fastest female party up The Nose. The pair knocked 19 minutes off their record which was set four days before. They climbed The Nose in four hours and 43 minutes. 100 Years of Big Wall Free Climbing The men’s speed
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The Future of Topos?

Topos are an important tool in a climber’s kit. Often they can make or break a climb. The New York Times published an interactive online topo that might represent the future of climbing topos. From the early days of climbing there have been written descriptions of climbs.
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The Importance of Dawn Wall

As the days add up on the Dawn Wall, more and more news sources are getting wind of the climb and its importance. Gripped’s editor Brandon Pullan spoke with the nation-wide weather source, The Weather Channel, on Jan. 9 about the climb. The Weather Channel sent a reporter
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Kevin Jorgeson Sends Pitch 15

Kevin Jorgeson has climbed the last 5.14d pitch on the Dawn Wall. The world was watching and the media waiting to see if Jorgeson would send the last of the hardest pitches. Jorgeson had been battling the pitch for nearly a week. As Caldwell has freed beyond the 5.13 pitches past
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Three Dawn Wall Articles Worth Checking Out

With everyone in a frenzy to have the first and best story about the Dawn Wall, here are a few pieces written over the last two days that stand out from the rest. News on the Dawn Wall 1.  Freddie Wilkinson’s New York Times piece A main stream news source finally consults a
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Dawn Wall Bonus Footage

Tommy Caldwell has spent six years working to free climb The Dawn Wall, on the 1,000-metre El Capitan, in Yosemite. As the world waits for the latest updates from the attempt, here is a bonus clip from Valley Uprising. Along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, Caldwell is currently
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A Line Across the Sky

Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by a few, the Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 feet across snow and
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Dawn Wall’s Pitch 15: The Battle; The Project

Kevin Jorgeson has attempted pitch 15, a 5.14d traverse, on El Cap’s Dawn Wall project four times and each time he’s fallen off the two razor-sharp crimp-crux. Climbers and non-climbers alike are anxiously watching the historic project. Tommy Caldwell has free climbed
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Memoir of 1970’s Ontario Rock Climbing: Chaundy-Smart, A Youth Wasted Climbing

Dave Chaundy-Smart was one of the leading Canadian climbers in the 1980s. Along with Sam Cohen, Smart started Gripped Magazine in the late 90s. His forthcoming book titled A Youth Wasted Climbing will be available mid-2015. “Chaundy-Smart’s description of his youth has all the
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Dawn Wall: NPR Interview and Last Hard Pitch Sent

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are busy working on their Dawn Wall project. They talked to NPR’s Melissa Block from their ledges on Monday night.  Tommy Caldwell reported late Tuesday night that he’d sent the final 5.14 pitch. From Caldwell’s Facebook:
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