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Repeated! Overhead Hazard for Emmett and Premrl

Tim Emmett and Klemen Premrl have repeated Overhead Hazard, M13, 200 m, at Helmcken Falls, B.C. From January 28 to February 13, Will Gadd, John Freeman, Sarah Hueniken and Katie Bono spent countless hours establishing Canada’s biggest, wildest mixed climb, see here for more
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Hueco Tanks Roundup

The 2014 Hueco Rock Rodeo was a success, new routes were climbed and hard repeats went down. Canada’s Sean McColl placed third. The 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo had its highest turnout to date, with 175 competitors from all over the globe. The scoring works as such: the top
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Major Patagonia Traverse Completed

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have completed one of the most awe-inspiring traverses in the Americas. Patagonia has had its highs and lows in 2014, from the loss of Chad Kellogg on Fitz Roy to the first ascent of the Fitz Range traverse. Rolando Garibotti is the foremost expert
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Canada’s New “Big-Wall” Mixed Route at Helmcken

Will Gadd, Sarah Hueniken, John Freeman and Katie Bono have finished their mega-project at Helmcken Falls, B.C. The climbers spent two weeks in early 2014 establishing Overhead Hazard, Mhard, 200 metres, at the now-popular spray-ice climbing destination. “I first saw this
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Chad Kellogg Killed in Patagonia

American climber Chad Kellogg killed by rockfall while descending Fitz Roy. Kellogg was killed form a rock that was dislodged by a rope. Patagonian climber Rolando Garibotti wrote on Super Topo, “Over two days Chad Kellogg and Jens Holsten climbed the Afanassieff Route on the NW
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Free Online Squamish Topos

Quickdraw Publishing is well known for its Banff Mountain Film Festival award-winning guidebook, Squamish Select.  It is hard to believe that Squamish, one of the most climbed-at areas of North America, still has many new routes to be climbed. With each passing season, dozens of
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Honnold’s Mexican Big-Wall Solo, Full-length Clip

On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over three hours. The climb rises 750 metres to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history.
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National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award Goes to Kilian Jornet

The National Geographic Adventurer of the Year was awarded to Kilian Jornet, the record-setting ultra-runner from Spain. Kilian Jornet is the 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. In 2013, Jornet shocked many by setting speed records on the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
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Perfect Conditions on Foster’s Direttissima

Mount Colonel Foster is on Vancouver Island, B.C., At 2,135 metres it is the fourth highest peak on the island.  In Jan. 1978, Joe Bajan and Ross Nichol made the first winter ascent of Foster’s 1,000-metre east face while making the first ascent of Direttissima, V, AI5.
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Scotland, the “Core”

The land where no local or visiting climber will budge on bolts, the hardware-free walls offer hair raising belays, pounding spin-drift and edge-of-your-seat run outs. Scotland is the land of the hardcore climber.  “It’s not at all about gymnastic grades, or safety,
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