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Pete Whittaker Flashes El Cap

Pete Whittaker has flashed the famous route, Freerider 5.12d. He climbed it with Tom Randall in mid-October. U.K. strongman Whittaker has spent much of the later half of 2014 in Yosemite. He said that he is surprised by the lack of progression in big wall climbing. By that, he
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New El Cap Speed Records

Yosemite’s big walls have long been the scene of speed ascents. Records are  kept for the times of each route’s ascent. For example, on March 9, David Gealy and  Jim Reynolds climbed The Nose in 17.5 hours. It was the youngest combined age Nose-in-a-day on record,
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Mina LW Sends 5.14b

A short video of Mina Leslie-Wujastyk repeating Mecca Extension 5.14b at Raven Tor in the Peak District. This was the first female ascent of this classic 5.14b and the first 5.14b by a british woman in the U.K. “It was super inspiring to see the effort she put into the
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Italy’s first 5.14d repeated by Ghisolfi in 2014

Watch Stefano Ghisolfi climb Ground Zero, the famous 5.14d at Tetto di Sarre (Sarre Roof) in Aosta Valley, first redpointed by Alberto Gnerro on Sept. 11 2002. The route has had a number of repeat ascents. Gnerro said of his send, “Ground Zero is a name that evokes sad
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Alex Huber’s new hard route

On Sept. 18, 2014 Alexander Huber and Michi Althammer made the first free ascent of Wetterbock on Wetterbockwand’s Goll East Face in Austria’s Berchtesgaden Alps. Huber reports he’s climbed one of the more demanding alpine routes he’s sent. The 1,000-metre
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Sasha DiGiulian is first female to climb this 300-metre 5.14

Sasha DiGiulian teamed up with Edu Marin to become the first woman to climb Viaje de los Locos 5.14a in Gole di Gorropu, Sardinia, Italy. The seven-pitch sport route was first climbed by Dani Andrada and Daniel Du Lac and means The Madman’s Journey. Full report from Red
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Angy Eiter and her Austrian Hercules

Angela Eiter is not only Austria’s strongest female climber, she is the best female lead competition climber in history. The 28-year-old, who was born in Arzl im Pitztal, Austria has been making headlines since she was a teenager. With four lead world champion titles to her
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New boulders at Devil’s Lake

Ian Cotter-Brown took advantage of some nice fall weather to climb a couple of first ascents at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wyoming. “With the perfect fall weather, I managed to put down a couple projects out at Devil’s Lake State Park yesterday,” said
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North Face of Pizzo Arera

Pizzo Arera is a 2,512-metre peak in the Bergamo Alps of northern Italy. Watch this short film by Claudio Capitanio about climbing the north face. The route was first climbed in 1931 by G.B. Cortez, E. Goria, P.A. Rigoli on Aug. 30. More on the area Route description (in Italian)
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Tying the Knot: a rockin’ wedding

Brian and Mandy left their home on bicycles and rode 30 km, hiked into the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming’s Wind River Range about 40 km, climbed the northeast face of Pingora Peak, got married and reversed the approach. On their wedding day they were awake and moving for
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