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Reinhold Messner’s Advice to Younger Climbers

Reinhold Messner is acclaimed as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time. He was the first person to climb all 14 8,000-metre peaks—the tallest mountains in the world—and one of the first to climb Mount Everest without any supplemental oxygen. Hear Messner recount what it
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Top 15 Hard Rockies Must-Climb Multi-Pitch

The Canadian Rockies have some of the biggest walls in Canada and over the last 20 years climbers have been laboring to establish long, well protected routes. If you like steep, hard and challenging lines, look no further. These are the hardest long routes in the Rockies. The
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Watch Sean McColl’s Amazing Move at Nationals

Sean McColl headed into the National Bouldering Championships in Montreal as the reigning champion hoping to defend his title. On men’s problem number four, McColl pulled off one of the most memorable moves of the weekend. Complete Report and Photos from Nationals After a
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Bouldering Nationals: Qualifications Results

Qualifications for the Canadian Bouldering Championships in Montreal’s Bloc Shop went off perfectly. Today Montreal’s newest climbing gym, Bloc Shop, hosts the CEC bouldering nationals. This is the final stop of the CEC circuit for the year. All Canadian climbers who
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Words with West Coaster Hannah Block

Hannah Block took double gold in Difficulty and Junior Female at Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) Triple-Header at the Boulders Climbing Gym and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Gripped caught up with Hannah after the triple-header in January for a
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Sean Isaac’s Journey from Pro Climber to Musician

For anyone familiar with ice/mixed climbing in North America, the name Sean Isaac is synonymous with some of the sport’s hardest and earliest routes. Here’s the story of how Sean went from stein pulls to six strings. Away from the bolted caves and hard multi-pitch mixed
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Canadians Visit Chamonix to Prepare for Yukon Alpine

Canadians Jay Mills and Eamonn Walsh recently returned from Chamonix where they climb some classic routes. Mills and Walsh, along with Steve Holeczi, received the John Lauchlan Award in 2014 for their trip to a remote mountain range in the Yukon. Canadians Heading to Yukon in
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10 Things to Remember For Spring Climbing

It’s springtime, which means thousands of climbers will be exchanging the gym bag for the crag pack. Here are 10 things to remember when heading back outdoors. 1. Ticks, Bears and Other Bugs Ticks are gross little insects that love to hide at the base of warm crags. Their
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Too Close to God by Jeff Long

Jeff Long is one of the best mountain fiction writers of the last century. Based in Colorado, Long is an experienced climber who is currently visiting Canmore for the release of his most recent book. From the New York Times bestselling author, Jeff Long, winner of the 1993
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Canadian Bouldering Nationals: Three Days Away!

The Canadian Bouldering National Championships will be held at the Bloc Shop in Montreal and are only three days away.   It’s an event not to be missed, during which you can admire the performances of the best climbers in the country. On Saturday, March 21, nearly 200 competitors
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