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A Review of Alex Honnold’s Book ‘Alone on the Wall’

By Tom Gnyra Alex Honnold may just be, for better or for worse, the current face of rock climbing. His ability to connect with a larger audience and bring a humble perspective to his many accomplishments makes him a great ambassador to the sport. Yet, due to his nonchalant
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Pirmin Bertle is On Fire with New 5.15b

German climber Pirmin Bertle is at the top of his game and has climbed a new 5.15b. After 150 attempts over 50 days, Bertle made the first ascent of Meoise 5.15b. The route links two of his previous routes called Chromosome Y and Chromosome X, which he made the first ascents of
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Josie Hetyei Sends 5.14s on Europe Trip

Josie Hetyei is one of Canada’s strongest female climbers and she recently sent difficult routes in Europe. Touring the popular sport climbing destinations of Europe, Hetyei set her sights on difficult 5.14 climbs. A few weeks ago, she became the second Canadian woman to
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Part II: Alex Geary and Family Climb Kalymnos, Help Refugees

Alex Geary writes about his time in Kalymnos, where, with his wife Amanda and son Dax, he has been assisting with Syrian refugee support. “Can I please pay my bill?” I asked the waitress politely. “No, you will sit down and I will bring dessert.” Ok, well that wasn’t exactly the
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The 2015 Golden Scrub Brush Awards

The Golden Scrub Brush Awards have been announced for 2015 after a community gathering in Squamish. Chris Small is the Squamish Access Society (SAS) director at large and has been an important member of the Golden Scrub Brush team. “Special Congratulations to our Fellowship
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Big Sends in Europe This Week by Top Climbers

Some of the world’s best climbers have been rounding off their 2015 years with big sends. Alex Megos climbed a new 5.14d in Frankenjura called Space Lap. “Might have been the last really good day in the Frankenjura,” said Megos. “And I made the best of it.
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Watch Ueli Steck Set New Eiger Speed Record

Ueli Steck has reclaimed the speed record for climbing the north face of the Eiger via the 1938 Heckmair Route. He climbed the massive wall in two hours and 23 minutes, which beat Dani Arnold’s 2011 record of two hours and 28 minutes. In 2007, Steck made headlines for
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Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi Visit Norway

Halfway through 2015, American crusher Kai Lightner and Ashima Shiraishi visited Flatanger, Norway. They climbed big and overhanging lines through the cave made famous by Adam Ondra’s routes, such as Change 5.15c, Move 5.15a, Thor’s Hammer 5.15a and Illusionist 5.14d.
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Marc-Andre Leclerc Frees Big El Cap Route

Marc-Andre Leclerc, along with Brette Harrington and Alan Carne, have climbed the Muir Wall 5.13b/c on El Cap. They climbed Muir Wall via The Shaft variation during mid-November. Leclerc freed the entire route, while Harrington freed everything except one 5.12a move on pitch 29.
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New Highline World Record is Half-a-Kilometre Long

Theo Sanson is known for his epic highlines and his most recent is almost unbelievable.  On Nov. 16, Sanson walked his 493-metre highline called Peace for the Great Bung-Holio. “Thanks a lot to Andy Lewis for the wonderful idea and the motivation and Renan Ozturk for
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