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Boulderfest 2014

This year’s Boulderfest will be taking place, as it always does, on the August long weekend. Boulderfest is the annual climber’s gathering on Dover Island in Nova Scotia. The event sells out every year so be sure to purchase your tickets early. Boulderfest 2014 early
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Keketuohai: Big Trad in Xinjiang, China

Waves of granite rise on either side of the Keketuohai Valley. The area has only been known to climbers for a few years, lots of potential. Keketuohai or Koktokay is in the southern Altai Range of China’s Xinjiang Province. The area is known as China’s Yosemite. There are
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Learning through sharing – the third Arc’teryx Academy takes place in Chamonix

Alpine enthusiasts from around the world gathered in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc from 13-15th June to hone their technical skills and learn from Europe’s top mountain guides at the third Arc’teryx Alpine Academy. With over 400 participants from over 20 countries in attendance, the
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Toronto and Vail by Udo Neumann

Udo Neumann brings us another great video, this time featuring the 2014 World Cups in Toronto and Vail. For the Toronto World Cup results see here. For the Vail World Cup results see here. 2014 World Cup Results outside of North America For results from the first World Cup see
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Brazil Big-Walling

In April, Mayan Smith-Gobat and Ben Rueck headed to Brazil for an attempt on Place of Happiness on Pedra Riscada. The 800-metre 5.12 was established by Stefan Glowacz and friends in 2009. Visit Mayan’s blog for more on the story, here is a quote from it: “On our
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Pou Brothers on La Tarrago

The Pou brothers take on the first free ascent of La Tarragó 5.14, 240 m on Montserrat, Spain. On a cold November day last year, Spanish climbers and mountaineers Eneko and Iker Pou added a new chapter to the history of climbing. The beautiful, otherworldly towers of Montserrat,
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Valley Uprising

Sender Films has had a regular presence at film festivals over the last several years with King Lines (2008), Alone on the Wall (2010) and Sketchy Andy (2012). Now, Sender principals Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen turn their attention to the epic history of climbing i
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Chamonix Dispatches, July 16 – Warming Up

Chamonix is nestled into the valley between the Aiguille Rouges and Aiguille du Midi. It is widely regarded as the birthplace of alpinism and is at the cutting-edge of modern mountain sports. Gripped editor Brandon Pullan is in Chamonix for a month, at first for the
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Arc’teryx Alpine Academy 2014

The 2014 Arc’teryx Alpine Academy was a huge success. With over 300 people taking part in one of a number of clinics, each clinic lead by an IFMGA mountain guide, Chamonix was buzzing with Archaeopteryx’s style and participants. The four-day festival entered 2014, its
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World Cup Slow Moments

On June 7, 2014 the Bouldering World Cup made it to Vail, Colorado. The GoPro Mountain Games provided a high alpine venue for the worlds best boulderers to show off their skills. Louder Than Eleven was on hand to capture some rare slow motion moments. Please enjoy high end
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