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Sean McColl Wins Gold at the Valence, France Competition

After placing first at the Canadian National Open Bouldering Championship’s at Bloc Shop, Sean McColl continues his run on the podium as he took home another gold at the Valence, France competition on Saturday May 9. In the qualifying round, McColl climbed all 10 boulders and
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Get to Know the Diggers

While steep, hard climbs are naturally cleaner, moderate routes are covered in vegetation. To become rock climbs, they require the work of the Diggers, a leaderless, non-organized collective of otherwise ordinary climbers.
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The Amazing Bouldering in Hope B.C.

Squamish’s Stu Smith invested some hours in 2015 into cleaning and climbing new boulders in Hope B.C. 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
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Niagara Glen Reforestation Project

The Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) is about more than just securing access to specific crags, there goal is to build relationships with everyone in the outdoor industry, including Forests Ontario. On Saturday May 2, the Niagara Parks Commission and Forests Ontario partnered up to
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Choriboulder -Chile’s Best Bouldering is Threatened by Mining

Found in the heart of the Chilean Andes, this quiet area has alot of potential for difficult problems and a keen local scene. Chilean climber, Carlos Lastra Barros, reached out to us to let us know that, “The area is currently threatened by a mining project that aims to
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Angie Scarth-Johnson: 10 Years Old and Crushing in Spain

Angie Scarth-Johnson has wrapped up a six-week trip to Spain where she sent dozens of hard routes, but really turned it up during the last week. “Today was my last day of climbing in Spain I managed to do another 5.13a La Sombra del Viento,” wrote Scarth-Johnson on
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Dean Potter Sets New Half Dome Running Record

Dean Potter has a number of records to his name, from speed climbing to highlining, and can now be known as a ultra runner or as Potter calls it, an “ultra climber.” On May 3, 43-year-old Potter started his journey at the Sierra Point Trailhead and two hours and 17
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Melloblocco 2015: Europe’s Biggest Bouldering Festival

The Melloblocco festival attracts climbers from all over Europe and even a few from farther afield. It’s hands down, the biggest and best climbing festival of the year. The EpicTV climbing daily team spent last weekend at the Melloblocco festival, the highlight of the
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Sean McColl on Comp Rituals, Cycling, Piano and 2015

Sean McColl has taken off 2015 on a great foot as he recently won the Canadian National Open Bouldering Championships, defending his title as one of Canada’s top rock climbers. McColl is an extremely well-rounded climber, having climbed hard routes like redpointing Dreamcatcher
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10 Awesome Photos of Canadian Climbing this Week

We are lucky in Canada to have such a diverse climbing landscape. From the west to the east, there’s thousands of routes from the easiest single-pitch to world-call difficult multi-pitch. Gripped recently joined the world of Instagram and in just over a week, we’ve
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