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Squamish Fire Smokes Out Climbers

A fire that broke out on Thursday night at the Squamish Terminals deep water port is contained, but there is major damage. The District of Squamish issued a warning after the fire started warning people to stay in their homes. The inferno began on the east dock around 6 p.m. All
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Pamela Pack: Bold New R-Rated Splitter

American offwidth master Pamela Pack climbed a new four-pitch crack that has been given 5.13R. “I’m excited to have completed a project that’s been a tremendous mental and physical battle for two seasons now. The American Horror Story 5.13 R/X is a spectacular
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Frank Slide Is Alberta’s Bouldering Hot Spot

The Frank Slide near Crowsnest Pass in Alberta has been a hotbed of activity over the last few years for bouldering. In 2015, there’s been a number of new hard problems sent. Over 100 years ago, the north face of Turtle Mountain collapsed and covered the valley floor with
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The 2015 Piolets d’Or Awards Ceremony

On April 11, the awards of the 2015 Piolet d’Or were accepted by this year’s recipients in Courmayeur, Italy. It was an evening to remember. Remember in 2014 when Canadians Raphael Slawinski and Ian Welsted won the Piolets d’Or along with Ueli Steck. The Piolets
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Akiyo Noguchi Crushed in Bishop

World champion Japanese comp climber, 25-year-old Akiyo Noguchi spent the last two weeks in Bishop and sent some of the area’s testpiece routes. Noguchi arrived during the last week of March and made quick ascents of Seoul Slinger V9 and Fly Boy V8. She then went to work
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Jakob Schubert Sends His First V15

Jakob Schubert wasted no time in repeating Austria’s first V15, which was established by Nalle Hukkataival in 2014. Schubert has been sampling some of Maltatal, Austria’s boulders for the last few weeks. A week ago, Schubert announced he’d sent Bügeleisen V14
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Alex Puccio’s Big Day in RMNP

Alex Puccio has been setting new standards for female bouldering the past year. On April 12, she continued her steady streak of impressive climbs while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). “Here is a shot of me from @joelzerr on my send go of Low Left Veritas
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Smith Rocks’ Classic Gets New Hardware

Good hardware is important for good climbing and many of America and Canada’s classic routes are due for an update. In 1992, Jean-Baptiste Tribout, at the age of 31, established what was the hardest route in North America with his send of Just Do It 5.14c. Tribout started
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Carlo Traversi’s Strong Start to Spring

There was a time when 5.14d (9a) was big news and everyone stopped in their tracks when such a grade was sent. In 2015, 5.14d is more of a sign of things to come, a means to an end.   Joining the 9a club (climbers who’ve sent 5.14d or harder) is a rite of passage for many
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Sean McColl: Two V14s in a Day!

Sean McColl is well into his trip to Fontainebleau and continues to climb some of the harder test-pieces at the world-class location. McColl’s Fontainebleau trip started about a week ago and he’s sent Neverland V11, Atresie Assis V13, Atresie V11, Big Golden Assis V11, Big Golden
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