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Sean Isaac’s Journey from Pro Climber to Musician

For anyone familiar with ice/mixed climbing in North America, the name Sean Isaac is synonymous with some of the sport’s hardest and earliest routes. Here’s the story of how Sean went from stein pulls to six strings. Away from the bolted caves and hard multi-pitch mixed
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Canadians Visit Chamonix to Prepare for Yukon Alpine

Canadians Jay Mills and Eamonn Walsh recently returned from Chamonix where they climb some classic routes. Mills and Walsh, along with Steve Holeczi, received the John Lauchlan Award in 2014 for their trip to a remote mountain range in the Yukon. Canadians Heading to Yukon in
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10 Things to Remember For Spring Climbing

It’s springtime, which means thousands of climbers will be exchanging the gym bag for the crag pack. Here are 10 things to remember when heading back outdoors. 1. Ticks, Bears and Other Bugs Ticks are gross little insects that love to hide at the base of warm crags. Their
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Too Close to God by Jeff Long

Jeff Long is one of the best mountain fiction writers of the last century. Based in Colorado, Long is an experienced climber who is currently visiting Canmore for the release of his most recent book. From the New York Times bestselling author, Jeff Long, winner of the 1993
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Canadian Bouldering Nationals: Three Days Away!

The Canadian Bouldering National Championships will be held at the Bloc Shop in Montreal and are only three days away.   It’s an event not to be missed, during which you can admire the performances of the best climbers in the country. On Saturday, March 21, nearly 200 competitors
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Results From Newfoundland’s Biggest Comp

Newfoundland’s biggest competition, the Outfitters Rockfall Climbing Competition 2015, took place at Wallnuts. Newfoundland’s Alpine Club of Canada takes a leading role in youth climbing in Newfoundland and were proud to announce member Nick Collins and 14-year-old
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Knut Rokne is Retiring after 15 Years of Dedicated Coaching

Knut Rokne has been coaching in Calgary for 15 years. As one of the most respected and experienced Canadian climbing coaches, Knut is currently the head coach of the competitive team at the Calgary Climbing Centre (CCC). He is set to retire from coaching at the end of March. Knut
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Game of Thrones Ice Climbing Scene

In 2013, a Game of Thrones episode named The Climb featured the show’s characters ice climbing a man-made wall. At one point in the episode, Jon Snow and the Wildlings climbed the Wall, a 220-metre barrier that separates the continent. The Wildlings climbed in groups of
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Canadian Bouldering National Championships

Quebec welcomes this year’s 2015 Canadian Bouldering Nationals. It will be held in Montreal on March 21 and 22. It’s an event not to be missed, during which you can admire the performances of the best climbers in the country. The event is organized by the Bouldering Montréal
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Marc-Andre Leclerc Wins 2015 Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award

Marc-Andre Leclerc has shown that he is one of Canada’s, if not the world’s, leading alpinists. His astounding list of firsts made the Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award committee’s decision easy. Ever since athlete and friend Guy Lacelle was tragically killed in an
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