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Everest: Toronto’s Europe Bound Owner Says “I am done” After Second Attempt

Europe Bound owner, Joe Raftis, is a Toronto-based adventurer who’s been attempting to climb the seven summits. For the last two years, Raftis has spent his springs traveling to Mount Everest to become one of the hundreds who stand on top. In 2014, Raftis made his first
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Watch Ski Descents of Robson and Resplendent

Watch Joel McLay and Bradley Lorriman make early-spring ski descents of Robson’s Kain Face and Mount Resplendent on April 15 and 16. Robson Ski from Joel McLay on Vimeo.
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Half Dome Cables Open Early Due to Drought

California is parched and you don’t need to look beyond Yosemite to notice the effects. In March, Glacier Point Road opened. It was the first time the road has been opened before May in 20 years. Why? Because there’s no snow. That’s the same reason Half Dome is
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Alpinist Colin Haley Reports from Nepal

American Colin Haley was recently in the Langtang Valley in Nepal on a climbing trip when the devastating earthquake took place. Colin Haley reported on Facebook: “Well, my first trip to Nepal didn’t go as planned. The craziest experience of my life? Yes. A moment at
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The Siwash Rock Highline in Stanley Park

Overlooking the English Bay tankers, and a picturesque sunset beyond, three Vancouver-based slackliners strung up and walked a line between Siwash Rock and the cliff above Stanley Park’s Seawall. By Drew Copeland Many people traveling on the path beneath were curious about
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Everest: “Season Closed,” – Raphael Slawinski

Following the earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal that caused avalanches on and around Mount Everest that killed a number of people, the climbing season has been closed. The first word of the closing from the north side came to us from Raphael Slawinski, “We just came out of a
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Toronto Porn Theatre To Become Climbing Gym

Toronto’s newest climbing gym is set to open sometime in late 2015 at 677 Bloor Street West, the home of the once-popular Metro Theatre. The new Bloor Street climbing gym will be called Basecamp and climbers can expect a modern Walltopia-designed wall. With vertical to
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Crag Stewardship Day at Rattlesnake Point

On Sat., May 2 the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) will help preserve the environment at one of Ontario’s most popular crags, Rattlesnake Point. As in previous years, climbers of all abilities have a chance to give back to one of our biggest supporters, Conservation Halton,
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Watch Everest Basecamp Aftermath

This video provided by Elia Saikaly/6 Summits Challenge shows the devastating aftermath of the earthquake and avalanche at Mount Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after the earthquake.  
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Actor Russell Brand Ropes Up at The Castle

Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author and activist who has replaced sex with rock climbing. A number of news sources have reported that the pop icon’s decision to become celibate led him to find rock climbing. For now, the 39-year-old actor,
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