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Watch Chris Sharma on Catalan Witness the Fitness

Watch Chris Sharma on the first ascent of Catalan Witness the Fitness V15. The big roof climb is at Cova del Ocell, which is close to Barcelona in Spain. Sharma wrote on his social media, “I’ve been trying this line on and off for quite some time, so it felt good to
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Sonnie Trotter’s Huge Totem Pole Send

Sonnie Trotter’s standard-setting send on Tasmania’s Totem Pole. Trotter managed to link all three pitches on the Ewbank Route into one 70-metre stretcher. The route was first climbed in 1968 by John Ewbank and Allan Keller at A3. It was the original route up the
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Out of This World at Helmcken Falls with Interstellar Spice

Interstellar Spice might be Canada’s longest and most difficult pitch of its kind. World-class climbers Klemen Premrl and Tim Emmett recently spent a week at Canada’s remote Helmcken Falls in B.C establishing Interstellar Spice. The area has been on the map for a few
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Watch Coastal B.C. Ice Climbing on the Duffey

The 2016 ice season has been off to a great start in the Coast Mountains. Loose Lady is a classic 150-metre WI4+ near Lilloet. First climbed in 1985 by Carl Austrom and John Howe, the long route is hard to spot from the road by a must-climb classic on the West Coast. Duffey Lake
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Jon Walsh and Michelle Kadatz Send Scottish Knuckleduster

For the past month, a number of Canadians have been sending hard routes in Scotland. Two of those Canadians are Michelle Kadatz and Jon Walsh. Having climbed a number of test-piece winter lines in the area before, the Calgary crushers knew the lay of the land before heading over
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New Ontario Rock Climbing Guidebook

Southern Ontario climbers will have a new guidebook this summer, the first in over two decades. The comprehensive guide will be published in two volumes. Focused around The Niagara Escarpment, Gus Alexandropoulos wrote: “the guide itself is a love letter to the area and its
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Big Bouldering Sends in Europe

It seems to be send season in Europe as many hard problems have been going down. James Webb made the first American ascent and fourth ascent overall of L’Alchimiste, which had two sends within a few weeks prior. After finishing second in the USA Bouldering Nationals, he
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Watch Send of Squamish’s Pixie Corner

Pixie Corner is one of Squamish’s most classic 5.8 cracks. The dual-crack climb that rises up a short corner is found at the Smoke Bluffs. It has long been a favourite among visiting climbers and locals on their solo circuits. It was first climbed in 1978 by Joe Buszowski
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The Patagonia Torre Traverse in a Day!

Colin Haley and Alex Honnold have sent the Torre Traverse in a day for its second ascent. The traverse of the Torre peaks in Patagonia was first done by Haley and Rolando Garibotti in January 2008. Eight years later, Haley teamed up with the Honnold, who last year made the first
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Canadians Sending in Japan, Scotland, Patagonia and Tasmania

Some of Canada’s top climbers have gone abroad for ice, rock and icy rock.  First was a trip to Scotland for the icy rock. Alpine climbers Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski were invited to the annual BMC winter festival. The two Piolet d’Or-winning climbers became
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