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Robinson on FA spree in South Africa

American Paul Robinson has been part of a group of boulderers establishing a new area near Rocklands in South Africa. Robinson reported on 8a.nu that he made 35 first ascents  up to 8C (V15) at the newly developed Three Corners area: “First of all this line was an amazing
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Watch Siegrist Climb Realization

Jonathan Siegrist has sent Realization in Ceüse, France, the route that became popular after Chris Sharma made the historic first ascent. Siegrist wrote about Realization on his blog, read about it here. After five weeks of projecting the climb, Siegrist made the eighth ascent on
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Tom Randall’s new 5.14+ crack

Tom Randall has sent  Pura Pura 8c+ (5.14c) in Italy’s Valle dell’Orco. The route links the bouldering traverse The Green Shadow to Greenspit. It is one of two projects Randall made for himself, the other is the Gondo Crack. In July, 2013 Randall sent Anna Kournikova
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Ama Dablam Solo Record! (video included)

The 22-year-old German climber Jost Kobusch climbed Ama Dablam 6,812 m free solo and broke the world record in being the youngest person who ever soloed the peak.  Follow Jost Kobusch on Facebook here. Watch the video of the record-breaking ascent below:
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Mason Earle on the FFA of Psycho Bitch

Crack climbing maestro Mason Earle spent a stint in Yosemite Valley last year, where he managed to make the first free ascent of an old project on Schultz’s Ridge.  
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Sends from around the globe

Jimmy Webb and Sasha DiGiulian are no stranger to the headlines. Recently they both made strong sends, one in Africa and one in the U.S. Jimmy Webb has been cleaning and climbing new routes around South Africa for the past few weeks. Webb a nice looking new problem that climbs a
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New V15 Highball in Mexico

Daniel Woods climbs the king line of the boulder of his dreams/nightmares in the beautiful, but foreboding Mexican desert. After Jimmy Webb spots the overhung, highball problem, it claims a casualty when Dave Graham pops his tendon on it. Bowed, but not broken Daniel spends every
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Big Dyno Start to New 5.14+

Raw footage of Jernej Kruder on his new 5.14c, check out the dyno off the start. From Kruder’s blog: In 2011 I bolted the first route in local crag Sopota. It was the most obvious line and in the fall, I managed to do the first ascent. So we got first, very hard route,
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Bock sends another new 5.15a at Jura

Markus Bock reports that he has done the first ascent of Becoming 5.15a in Frankenjura which was a long standing project he bolted in 2011. Alexander Megos also climbed a new 5.15a, see here. Here is a list of Frankenjura’s top 100: 1 Corona Schneiderloch 11/11+ 9a+ Markus
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Megos sends new 5.15a

Alex Megos has done the FA of Modified 5.15a which means that he has done seven 14d or harder routes Frankenjura this year. “Yeah!!! Made another first ascent of a route in Frankenjura! Its a variation of Classified, a route which I made the first ascent of last year.
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