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Road Trip To Europe’s Best Crags: 13 Epidodes

Jen Randall and Alex Gorham searched far and wide on their hunt for Europe’s best crag. Seven months, 30,000 kilometres of driving, six countries and 12 climbing destinations. It wasn’t always easy but it was an incredible adventure and it’s sure to stir up your
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Monkey Goes Honnolding

Lucky Chance, better known as The Stunt Monkey solos the Wonderland in Australia’s Blue Mountains while dressed in full monkey get-up. This is one of the most entertaining videos about soloing of the year. Looks like more of a monkeying around climb than anything desperate.
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Four Granite Pillars of Lofoten Islands

Have you ever heard of the Lofoten Islands’ four pillars? Norway’s Lofoten Islands have four prominent granite pillars that stand between green landscapes and are surrounded by seas and fjords. Fire Pillaren: Four Pillars of Lofoten from Hidden Valley Films on Vimeo.
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Markus Pucher Makes Bold Cerro Torre Solo

Austrian alpinist Markus Pucher has made “one of the most harrowing ascent in Patagonian climbing history,” according to Rolando Garibotti. Pucher soloed the Ragni Route, the classic west face, in a full-on white out. In January 2013, he soloed the route in a stunning
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Elina Avramova: Route Setter and Comp Climber

Elina is no stranger to the competitive climbing scene and is one of The Hive’s strong female setters. She loves the challenges of route setting as well as challenging climbers to explore new movements with her problems. Also check out Pia Graham and Lucas Uchida Tour de
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Tommy Caldwell Sends Hard Routes At His Monastery

For over five years Tommy Caldwell has been attempting a free climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall with partner Kevin Jorgenson.  In training for this year’s attempt, Caldwell formulated an audacious goal that would bring him to his home crag in Colorado, where it all
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Wild Thing by Barry Blanchard

Mount Chephren is a peak in the Mistaya River Valley in Banff National Park. It was named after Chephren, the fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh. The mountain was originally named Pyramid Mountain in 1897 by J. Norman Collie, but it conflicted with an identically named peak in
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Lucas Uchida: a champion in the making

Since he started climbing and competing three years ago, 16-year-old Lucas Uchida has been one of the top junior competition climber in the country, and one of the most exciting young prospect for Canada to come along in some time. In June, Uchida made his World Cup debut in
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Film: The Hardest Line

In early 2014, Calum Muskett and Dave McLeod set out for Patagonia to repeat David Lama’s free Compressor Route on Cerro Torre. With pitches up to 8a and bold, committing climbing high on the mountain, it is probably one of the hardest alpine climbs in the world. But
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K2 Winter Climb Cancelled Because of Terrorists

Denis Urubko, Alex Txikon and Adam Bielecki had planned on attempting K2 from the north this winter. On Dec. 24, the climbers were certain they’d be heading to K2, but on Christmas Day, Urubko received a letter from the Chinese government. Dear Denis, I am very sorry to
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