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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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Gord McArthur on Getting Ready for the Ice Climbing World Cup

Gord McArthur is one of Canada’s leading competitive climbers. His specialty is ice and mixed climbing. He currently flew to Korea for the second round of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. He will be making regular updates to his Youtube page. McArthur’s athletes win gold
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Cobra Crack’s FFA

In June, 2006 Sonnie Trotter climbed the first free ascent of Cobra Crack 5.14. Trotter worked the overhanging, thin-finger crack 30 to 40 times over the previous few years, often rope-soloing the route to dial the moves, before completing it all-free. Trotter said,
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The “Model” Climber

Sierra Blair-Coyle is a professional climber and model who two Junior Speed National Championships and a large audience on social media. Sierra started climbing at eight years old. Now, the 20-year-old climber from Scotsdale, AZ has recovered from a serious back injury to become
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Recap: Adam Ondra’s Stellar Year

Adam Ondra had great 2014. In addition to onsighting 5.14d—something he did twice in 2014—he’s redpointed Biographie/Realization 5.15a 9a+ and won both the bouldering and lead climbing World Championships. Never before has anyone won championships in both disciplines in the
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Climbing in Little Cottonwood

Miswired is a short story about Peter Vintoniv and his bold ascents of some of Little Cottonwood Canyon’s hardest mixed sport and trad routes.  After having ticked off most of the Canyon’s hardest routes, Peter was looking for a new challenge and decided to start
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North America’s Junior Ice Championships: Canadians Win Gold

The first-ever North American Junior Ice Climbing Championships took place Durango, CO. on Dec. 30 and 31, 2014. In Durango, two Canadians finished with gold medals. Noah Beek and Karlee Hall are from Cranbrook, B.C., they’ve have been coached by Canadian champ Gord
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