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Kyle Dempster climbing in Basaseachic National Park

Kyle Dempster recently spent time in Sierra Madre’s Basaseachic National Park and found some “big o’ rocks to climb, yummy tacos, and friendly rancher folks.” As a co-owner of a coffee shop, Higher Grounds, in Salt Lake City, Dempster has a routine of
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Everest 2014, off to a bad start

The commercial climbing season on Mount Everest is about to begin and it could not be off to a worse start. As teams prepare to arrive in Base Camp, there’s already been a fatality and accident on the South Side. Mingma Tenzing, a Sherpa with Peaks Freaks, passed away in
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Rock the Blocks Boulderfest

The second annual Rock the Blocks will be taking place June 21 and 22 in the Okanagan Valley, B.C. Andy White is an Okanagan bouldering enthusiast. He has written a guidebook to the bouldering in the Boulderfields near Kelowna, and is currently working on a guide for the
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IFSC Names Climbers Against Cancer as its Official Charity

Lancashire, England – Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) is pleased to announce that the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has named CAC as its Official Charity. The move was announced March 27, 2014 by the IFSC Executive Board and IFSC Secretary General
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Patagonia Promise, a film about Sean Leary

In honour of Sean “Stanley” Leary, who passed away in a B.A.S.E. accident earlier this month, here is the full length version of Patagonia Promise, an episode from the six-part Sender Films series First Ascent. The film details Stanley’s 2008 pilgrimage to South
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1911 Climbing Film

Mario Piacenza, April 1884 to April 16, 1957, was a fascinating man. He was an avid mountaineer and director of the Museum of the Mountain of Turin . This film documents the ascent of Piacenza and his partners to the Giant’s Tooth. The video is a reversal of the restored
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Panama Rock Climbing

This short film chronicles the life of the first Panamanian rock climber, Cesar Augusto Melendez Castillo, as well as the history of rock climbing in a country that had never heard of it until he pioneered it.  
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Leary and Emmett in the Cirque

From July 26 to Aug. 6, 2013, Sean “Stanley” Leary and Tim Emmett wanted to climb and jump off of the infamous Lotus Flower Tower. This is their story. The Cirque of The Unclimbable’s from Chad Copeland on Vimeo.
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Ian Dory’s, Strong

In Feb. 2012, Daniel Woods established a problem on bear lake road in RMNP called Paint it Black v15. The problem climbs out a 60-degree overhanging ships prow. The moves are tenuous and aggressive. Ian Dory demonstrates this ethic with his battle on Paint it Black.   
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Sean Leary Dies in BASE Accident

 Sean “Stanley” Leary died in a BASE accident in Zion National Park, Utah, on March 13.  Leary was regarded as one of the best big-wall climbers in America. With dozens of ascents of El Capitan, including the speed record on Salathe Wall with Alex Honnold, The Nose
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