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Tour de Bloc Climber’s Rock: Brock and Briggs triumphs at Bloc Buster

Tour de Bloc kicked its 2015 season off in Burlington and Canmore on the Jan. 10/11 weekend. Here is a run-down of the high-energy comp at Climber’s Rock  More than 200 competitors gathered in Burlington to climb at the first Tour de Bloc competition of 2015, Climber
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Ouray Ice Festival 2015

The 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival took place on Jan. 10 and some of the top winter climbers took part. The always strong Will Gadd walked away with the win. As always, there was lots of excitement before the event, more so this year with Sasha DiGiulian competing in her first
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Tour de Bloc Elevation Place

The first day of Tour de Bloc 2015 took place on Jan. 10 in Alberta and Ontario. Here are the results from Elevation Place in Canmore. Photos by Alex Roe, Pam Eveleigh and Evgenii Kremlev Elevation Place is a community centre in Canmore. Within its walls are a library, swimming
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The Future of Topos?

Topos are an important tool in a climber’s kit. Often they can make or break a climb. The New York Times published an interactive online topo that might represent the future of climbing topos. From the early days of climbing there have been written descriptions of climbs.
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Tour de Bloc Jan. 12 Qualifiers

The Tour de Bloc is taking place in Canmore and Burlington today. Qualifiers are wrapping up and the finals will begin in a few hours. This weekends comp marks the kick-off for the 2015 Tour de Bloc comps. Climbers will be giving it their all today as the season is half over.
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Video: Bloc Shop’s New Kids on the Bloc

The Bloc Shop in Montreal hosted the third stop of the eastern tour of the Tour de Bloc before the New Year. Check out full results here Full Video Recap
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Top BC Climbers at The Boulders for SCBC Triple-Header This Weekend

Many of the top climbers in the province, will be on hand at The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich this weekend Jan. 10 to 11 for the Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) Triple-Header Competition. One of a number of stops on the 2014-2015 SCBC schedule
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Tour de Bloc: 2015 Kick-Off This Weekend

The Canadian bouldering series, Tour de Bloc, will be kicking off this weekend in Alberta’s Canmore and Burlington, Ont. If you’re in the area, stop by and take in some of the action. The first half of the above photos are from last year’s Tour de Bloc at
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Memoir of 1970’s Ontario Rock Climbing: Chaundy-Smart, A Youth Wasted Climbing

Dave Chaundy-Smart was one of the leading Canadian climbers in the 1980s. Along with Sam Cohen, Smart started Gripped Magazine in the late 90s. His forthcoming book titled A Youth Wasted Climbing will be available mid-2015. “Chaundy-Smart’s description of his youth has all the
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Will Mayo on Coaching Sasha DiGiulian for Ouray Ice Fest

Sasha DiGiulian is one of the world’s strongest rock climbers. She was the first North American female to climb 5.14d. She has been training for the Ouray Ice Festival. Her coach Will Mayo talks about the last week with Sasha on some of America’s classic ice and mixed
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