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Tour de Frank: New Alberta bouldering festival

On Sept. 20, the inaugural Southern Alberta Tour de Frank bouldering festival took place in the Frank Slide. By Jonas Gagnon Greeted by clear, blue skies over a field of grey limestone blocks, climbers dispersed into Frank Slide for the inaugural Tour de Frank outdoor climbing
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Proposed Route on Oregon Bridge

The city of Redmond in Oregon might allow climbers to turn a decommissioned bridge into a climbing wall. The Maple Avenue Bridge spans over the Dry Canyon recreational area. There are bridge over rivers and urban overpasses, but climbing over a city park might be a new concept.
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Don Whillan’s Last Climb, the Film

Don Whillan’s Last Climb was produced in 1984. Watch as he climbs with Joe Brown up a route they made the first ascent of 32 years before filming. Don Whillans, was a leading climber of his generation. He met Joe Brown in 1951 and they became good friends. Whillans climbed
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Messner turns 70: interview with Forbes

Climbing pioneer Reinhold Messner turned 70 on Sept. 17. The climber is arguably the most famous mountaineer of all time. Messner made a name for himself early in his climbing career. Between 1950 and 1965, he led over 500 ascents in Italy and France. In 1965, he climbed a new
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Curiosity by The North Face

“Chasing curiosity can lead us down a dangerous, challenging, and frightening path. It can also lead us to have the greatest experiences of our lives. Curiosity follows the stories of team athletes Rory Bosio, Timothy Olson and Hal Koerner in their constant pursuit of
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James Pearson climbs Rhapsody E11

The U.K.s James Pearson has made the fourth ascent of the notoriously run-out Rhapsody E11. Pearson first attempted Rhapsody in 2008, but did not send the route. He also made remarks about the route which led to him being scrutinized by the climbing community. Pearson moved to
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Reel Rock: Behind the Scenes

The Reel Rock Film Tour has been showcasing the exploits of the best climbers and explorers in the world for the last decade. Last year’s travel itinerary alone included Japan, Borneo, Morocco, the Swiss Alps, the Utah Desert, English Sea Cliffs and even Mount Everest. Their
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Bouldering in Kelowna

Selected as a finalist in the 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, The Fields is a short documentary film following the story of local climber Andy White. The Boulderfields, also known as the fields, is a potential world class bouldering area located south of
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James Webb is in Squamish

Bouldering superstar James Webb has made Squamish home for the foreseeable future. Knowing Webb’s history, it is anticipated that he will make quick work of the test-pieces and maybe add his own. Read about Webb’s second ascent of Nalle Hukkataival’s The
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Sheftel, 68, climbs 5.13b

Lee Sheftel of Colorado has climbed Maple’s Eulogy 5.13b. Sheftel is 68 and might be the eldest climber to send the grade. As 8a.nu reported today, Sheftel sent a 5.14a when he was 59. He later had both hips replaced. He’s still serious about climbing, trains
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