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Seven days in the Verdon Gorge

Situated inland between Nice and Marseilles, the river Verdon cuts a deep limestone gorge, 100s of metres high, through the countryside. This area of France has long been an established as a classic rock climbing area that offers a wide variety of climbing, with over a 1,000
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Whittaker and Randall climb 125 routes in a day

At the stroke of midnight, with just a head torch each to guide them, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker launched onto the Peak District’s Eastern Edges. The two are nicknamed the Wide Boyz for their skills in off-widths. After travelling the world to conquer some of its most
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Petzl Roc Trip Stage Three: Macedonia

The 2014 Petzl Rock Trip across Eastern Europe started a few weeks ag0. Stage two took place in Macedonia. The 2014 Petzl RocTrip caravan stopped over in Prilep, Macedonia. Between dark clouds and sunny skies, RocTrippers were granted a rare and privileged experience, being some
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Petzl Roc Trip Stage Two: Bulgaria

The 2014 Petzl Rock Trip across Eastern Europe started a few weeks ag0. Stage two took place in Bulgaria. The second country on the 2014 Petzl RocTrip, Bulgaria reveals a land of contrasts. Whether it was the climbing or the weather, the base camp in Vratsa delivered it all.
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Two Canadians finish in top 10 at World Cup

The second round of the IFSC Asian circuit took place on Oct 17 and 18 in Wujang, China. Sean McColl finished fifth, a step up from his sixth-place finish last week. The big surprise was the presence of Canadian 19-year-old Elan Jonas McRae from Nanaimo, B.C, who finished 10th.
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Ontario Mixed Clinic by Nathan Kutcher

Nathan Kutcher, the dark horse winner at the renowned Ouray Ice Festival two years ago, and Rebecca Lewis will present a pre-season two-day outdoor clinic on mixed climbing as a fundraiser for their upcoming Ice World Cup season. To maximize the attention the participants should
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Frozen Titans: Helmcken Falls

With a team of three friends, Will Gadd heads to Canada’s wildest ice cave at British Columbia’s Helmcken Falls in the heart of winter. His goal is to put up an extremely difficult seven-pitch mixed climbing route through more than 150 meters of sketchy rock, hazardous ice, and
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New Canadian Men’s Speed Climbing Record in Korea

Robert Stewart-Patterson has set a new Canadian Men’s Speed Climbing record at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup event in Mokpo, Korea Stewart-Patterson, who finished in eighth place at the event, actually broke the Canadian record twice at the
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Frederica Mingolla is Italian Crusher!

Federica Mingolla has repeated Tom et je ris 5.14b in the Verdon Gorge, France. Mingolla is one of Italy’s strongest women sport climbers. Mingolla, the 20-year-old from Turin, has only been climbing for five years. She climbs between classes while studying sports sciences
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Hope Bouldering

Squamish’s Stu Smith has spent some time in Hope B.C. this year cleaning and climbing new boulders. Stu Smith said, “I’ve been doing a bit of development boulder wise in the beautiful area that is Hope for the past few days, I’m blown away with how much
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