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Trotter, Caldwell and Wharton climb new route in Sicily

Sonnie Trotter, Tommy Caldwell and Josh Wharton have climbed a new six-pitch line on Sicily’s Monte Monaco. The name of the route was decided after a shout out on social media generated some 50 responses, one of which was chosen.  The trio named their new route, You Cannoli
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Reserved! Sasha DiGiulian walks away from project

We have all had to stopped and waited while someone poses for a photo, but what about postponing a multi-pitch project in Spain while camera crews film a fellow sponsored athlete. Sasha DiGiulian decided to call off plans to project the Pou brother’s Orbayu 5.14 on Naranjo
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7 El Cap Routes in 7 Days!

Alex Honnold and Dave Allfrey have completed seven El Cap routes in seven days. They set four new speed records and had to get up at 4 a.m. each day to avoid the heat. They climbed between 6,000 and 7,000 metres of granite during their El Cap blitz. “A great adventure with
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Jonny Dawes meets the men who rescued him after Feb. injury

Johnny Dawes fell while climbing on Stanage Edge in Derbyshire in February, resulting in an open fracture to a leg. Dawes, one of Britain’s best known rock-climbers, met his rescuers who helped to save his leg after he suffered serious injuries in a fall earlier this year. He
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Youngest Girl to Climb Everest

On Sunday May 25, 13-year-old Malavath Purna from Andhra Pradesh in India made history when she became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Purna was accompanied by 16-year-old Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar. The expedition, led by 10 Nepalese guides, took a total of 52 days and
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Toronto World Cup: 5 days away

The Toronto World Cup will run from May 31 to June 1, here is Monday’s news and flashback. The World Cup is held in Hamilton, Ontario, but it is known as the Toronto World Cup. Read about Gravity climbing gym’s history here. Route setting begins today. Athletes have
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Spring Link-up on Yam

Raphael Slawinski and Jesse Huey teamed up for an impressive link-up of two of Yamnuska’s classic routes. Urs Kallen and Billy Davidson climbed CMC Wall and Yellow Edge in the early 70s. The routes are the two hardest lines on the Kallen 34 list, both committing 5.11s.
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New Mexico Mountains are new National Monument

The Organ Mountains are an iconic part of the Mesilla Valley, New Mexico. This week they will be given the status of national monument. The Las Cruces Sun reports: “President Obama will sign a proclamation Wednesday establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National
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Squamish Buttress, new pitches

Two new pitches have been added to the top of the Squamish Buttress on the West Coast’s granite landmark. Drew Dochstader and Paul Ludolph have cleaned and climbed two 5.10 pitches above the last pitch of the classic route Squamish Buttress. From Squamish climbing: The new
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Yosemite’s Unemployment Line Freed

The Unemployment Line on Mount Broderick in Yosemite was first climbed 1982 by Alan Bartlett, Jim May and Stever Gerberding. Shaun Reed and Scott Nelson made the first free ascent of the route on April 24, Cedar Wright and James Lucas made the second free ascent a week later.
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