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Canada’s First Psicobloc Competition Will be on July 5

Canadians will soon have their own psicobloc (deep water soloing) competition to brag about as organizers in Quebec prepare for their July 5 competition. The event will take place at Lac-Beauport, north of Quebec City and they are expecting over 250 competitors. The idea for the
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Alpine Warriors: the Story of Slovenian Climbing

Bernadette McDonald’s new book Alpine Warriors gives a glimpse into the rich, complicated, relatively unknown Slovenian climbing world, and its towering influence on the global mountaineering stage.  After the Second World War a period of relative calm began in Josip Broz
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Learn About the Rock Climbing Bears

Remember the video from last year showing black bears climbing a steep wall?  An amateur film of two bears climbing in a canyon in Santa Elanya, Texas went viral in March 2014. Watch the video here. National Geographic recently produced this short clip about how and why the bears
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Jakob Kronberger, 14, Sends 5.14d

Jakob Kronberger is a 14-year-old Austrian climber from St. Martin near Salzburg and has just climbed his first 5.14d, Klem Loskot’s Intermezzo XY gelöst, at Plombergstein. In this videoKronberger Jakob and his father Fred give us some insight into his character and
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The Story of Squamish’s University Wall

With the enthusiasm of youth and racks of borrowed pitons, they attacked.
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Arc’teryx Announces Speaker Series and Music Line-Up for Climbing Academy

Arc’teryx is proud to announce the keynote speakers and live music lineup that will highlight the upcoming Arc’teryx Climbing Academy from July 10 to 12 in Squamish. The popular climbing event expects to draw hundreds of climbing enthusiasts from around the world to
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Little Zen Monkey Has More Facebook Followers Than Sean McColl

Rachel Lee Farmer posted a video of her 19-month-old daughter climbing at the climbing gym. After the video went viral, Rachel wrote on her Facebook page: “I had no idea until recently but her last climbing video had over a half million views and was also somehow shared by
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Video: Contrast, Bouldering at Magic Wood

Watch Pete Edwards climb Dinos Don’t Dyno and Adrian Jehakumar on Hohenzone at Switzerland’s Magic Wood. “I realized that the problems contrast beautifully, so I tried to pick music to complement this as best as I could,” said Edwards, who produced the
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Watch Some Canadian Ice Climbing

Ruben Perez Blazquez spent the fall of 2014 climbing ice in Canada. Here is a video he made of his trip, which features Crista-Lee Mitchell, Jennifer Olson, Peter Holder and Martin Schoenherr.
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Bubba’s Alpine Album

The perfection of the climbing touched me. It was like my imagination had merged into reality and my dreams had left the vault of my mind to create the ice and granite that I was ascending.
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