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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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Garnbret sends Katakombe

Slovenian Janja Garnbret, 15, has made an ascent of Katakombe 5.14a in Kotecnik, Slovenia. She had previously climbed a number of 5.13+ routes and had attempted Katakombe in 2013. She is currently a European youth champion in lead an bouldering. For more awesome photos, click the
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New Route on Alaska’s Mount Johnson

Americans Ryan Jennings and Kevin Cooper climbed a new route on Alaska’s Mount Johnson from May 1 to 4.  Based on the Ruth Glacier, the pair climbed the Stairway to Heaven VI, A1, M6, WI4, AI5+X with support from the Mugs Stump Award. Jennings wrote on his socia
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New Route on Huntington by Mayo and Wharton

Mount Huntington has long been one of the most sought-after alpine peaks in Alaska. Canadians Nick Buda and Bryce Brown recently climbed The Harvard Route and reported great conditions. Will Mayo posted this on social media on May 12: “Josh Wharton and I climbed a new route
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Adam Ondra. Crushing.

Adam Ondra is arguably the best sport climber in the world and now he has the numbers to back it up. The much-loved 8a.nu, which recently passed three-million documented ascents, reported that Ondra has climbed 96 routes graded 5.14d or harder, more than anyone else who uses the
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Heerema Sends two Canadian V12s

The Phoenix is one of the Niagara Glen’s harder problems. Ontario climber David Heerema sent it, and a V12 in Quebec, during a week-long road trip this spring. Heerema, who is one of Canada’s strongest boulderers, wrote this about the climb “The Phoenix was a
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