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Stuck in a Jam

An Australian rock climber spent the night trapped in the boulder problem known as Squeeze Rock at Mount Arapiles. If you don’t like tight squeezes, this problem is not for you. The 24-year-old was forced to spend the night in “very cold” conditions as rescuers
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Why Bolting…

A week ago, Matthieu Lienart went bolting in Horai, Japan. Many people asked him why he was bolting when there were already a number of routes to climb, here is his answer… For information about rock climbing in Horai see: tozai-trek.com/en/2013/05/horai-information  
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Watch the CEC Western Regionals Live!

Athletes from British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will converge on Cliffhanger Coquitlam to see how they stack up against the competition, all in the hopes of securing a spot for the Canadian finals in Montreal. The gym will play
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New-age send on an old-school route — Mont Blanc

Jeff Mercier and Corrado Pesce have free climbed Chris Bonington and Lito Tegada-Flores’ 1965 route on the West Face of Aiguille du Plan, Mont Blanc. Urs Kallen, the Swiss-born Calgary climber who pioneered dozens of new routes in the Rockies in the 60s and 70s said, this
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Francisco Marin is first 61-year-old to climb 5.14

Francisco Marin is a 61-year-old climber and the only known person in the world to climb at this level at his age. He sent 5.14a in 2012, and now has a 5.14b as a project, in Rodellar, Spain. Francisco is a lifelong climber, and even his son Edu Marin is a professional climber.
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Fontainbleau

A short and simple edit of some problems from a week in Fontainebleau in April 2014. Fontainebleau is surely the most full package bouldering area in the world, combining climbing at all levels, food, culture and scenery in such a perfect blend that makes you want to stay forever.   
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Revival In The Waddington

A story of injury and recovery in the mountains.  
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Save the Cave

Canmore Bouldering Cave in Immediate Need of Funding, Will Close if Fundraising Deadline Missed. CANMORE, AB.—The Canmore Bouldering Cave, the fledging climbing gym founded two years ago to support the Canmore Junior Climbing team, is in dire need of more members and more funds
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Kyle Dempster climbing in Basaseachic National Park

Kyle Dempster recently spent time in Sierra Madre’s Basaseachic National Park and found some “big o’ rocks to climb, yummy tacos, and friendly rancher folks.” As a co-owner of a coffee shop, Higher Grounds, in Salt Lake City, Dempster has a routine of
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