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Book Notes on Learning to Fly by Steph Davis

By Tom Gnyra Base jumping, like rock climbing, is an activity that requires a certain level of risk tolerance and mitigation. Even with a keen sense of safety and a lifetime of experience, some of the most accomplished and safest base jumpers have met their maker by pursuing an
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Tour de Bloc and Kranj World Cup Preview

This weekend, the Tour de Bloc and the Kranj World Cup will be be taking place and top Canadian climbers will be at each. The fifth stop of the 2015/16 Tour de Bloc will be at Rock Jungle in Edmonton. Last year, Jason Holowach and Stacey Weldon took first place at Rock Jungle.
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Second Ascent of Hard El Cap Free Route ‘The Passage’

Pete Whittaker and Dan McManus have made the second ascent of the difficult El Cap route The Passage. The Passage is a 15-pitch 5.13cR that was first climbed in 2008 by Belgians Nico Favresse and Sean Villaneauva. The first ascent team climbed ground up, aided the pitches and
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Winners of the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

The 40th Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has wrapped up in the snowy Canadian Rockies. The Great Alone, directed by Greg Kohs, which captured the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey, has won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and
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Tour de Bloc and Banff Film Fest This Weekend

The Tour de Bloc will be having its third and fourth events of the season and the Banff Mountain Fest will be wrapping up its 10 days of epicness. The first Tour de Bloc comp will be taking place at Joe Rockhead’s in Toronto on Nov. 7, where registration will be open at 8
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Andy Genereux’s 2015 Yamnuska Update

Andy Genereux is one of the Rockies leading route developers and despite a major climbing accident in 2014, he managed to complete a number of projects this summer. By Andy Genereux Just a quick note to update some of the new stuff up on Yam from this past summer. Last year was a
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Canadian Climbers in Kalymnos Rally to Support Arriving Refugees

Canadian climbers visiting Kalymnos, Greece, urge others to donate. Alex, Amanda and their son Dax Geary are on a climbing trip in Kalymnos. It is a trip thousands of Canadians have made in the past. Those there now, however, are witnessing first hand the Syrian refugee crisis.
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The Cory Hall Memorial Expedition to Tangra Tower

Canadian Max Fisher and U.K. climber James Monypenny recently returned from their Cory Hall Memorial Expedition to Pakistan. By James Monypenny Last year when my good buddy, climbing partner and fellow adventurer Cory Hall passed away in a tragic climbing accident while on a
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Stefano Ghisolfi Sends Italy’s First 5.15b

Italian climber Stefano Ghisolfi, 22, has established a new 5.15b at Andonno, Italy. Ghisolfi, a leading world cup competitor, linked Noia 5.14c and Anaconda 5.14b to establish Lapsus 5.15b. He had previously climbed three 5.15as. “Finally after long time and a lot of
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Quebec’s Axel Pic Sends His First 5.14

Axel Pic has climbed his first 5.14a at a popular crag about one-hour east of Montreal. Pic sent Alpha Beta 5.14a at Mount Orford on Oct. 1. The steep route was one of the first 5.14s in the province. The route climbs an overhanging wall and the slopey crux is right at the top.
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