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Lee Cossey and His Difficult Project

Lee Cossey has been climbing for nearly 20 years, and for the last 12, he has been off-and-on trying The Red Project 5.14d. Cossey started climbing with his uncle who was a climbing guide and was very much into the traditional style of climbing. For years, Cossey wasn’t
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Logan Barber’s First Free Ascent of China’s Hardest Crack!

Some exciting news coming out of China – last week Australian Logan Barber sent The Firewall in Liming, at a grade of 5.13d+.  Photographer and writer, Garrett Bradley, touched base with us this week about a historical send by Logan Barber. “This is the third pitch of the
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Bouldering Competition for Nepal Event in Vancouver

On May 15, the Vancouver Rock Climbing Group will host an event at The Hive in Vancouver to raise funds for Nepal. On the Facebook event page, it reads, “Hello our dear climbing family. Let’s use our climbing power to support the Nepal earthquake relief.” The
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Watch Jorgeson’s Duracell Dawn Wall Bit and Where’s Caldwell’s Story?

Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell sent the Dawn Wall in January and Duracell jumped on board with a commercial featuring Jorgeson. Ever wonder where’s Caldwell’s side of the Dawn Wall story? There’s been dozens of stories and videos about Jorgeson online, but
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Watch the Trailer for the Starlight and Storm Project

Tom Ballard became the first to solo the six great north faces of the Alps in one winter as part of his Starlight and Storm project. The six great north faces are Grandes Jorasses, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Pizzo Badile, Matterhorn, Petit Dru and the Eiger. Follow Ballard on
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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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