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The Era Vella Downgrade Debate

Era Vella is a classic route at Margalef, Spain that was first climbed in 2010 by Chris Sharma who sent it as a warm-up lap. Sharma said the route was likely a soft 5.14d (9a), but a number of climbers since have suggested it’s more like a 5.14c (8c+). Jonathan Siegrist
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Watch Sharma Send His New 5.15!

On March 7, Sharma made the first ascent of El Bon Combat 5.15b/c. He described the route as the The “King Line.” El Bon Combat is located at Cova de Ocell, about 40 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. It was bolted by Martí Iglesias Galobart. Sharma’s been working the route since
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Melissa Arnot’s Everest Record Attempt

This season, American mountaineer Melissa Arnot is attempting to become the first North American women to climb Mount Everest without bottled oxygen. Arnot has already summited Mount Everest five times and is attempting the South Col route with a team of four. In 1976, Italian
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Watch Caroline Ciavaldini Climb Requiem

Caroline Ciavaldini made the first female ascent of Requiem, which was the UK’s first E8 graded route, in the fall of 2014. On the imposing walls of Dumbarton Rock, Requiem follows a difficult crack to a run-out upper wall and a very challenging finish. It was first climbed
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Everest Climbers Conned by Guides

A Nepali trekking agent has disappeared after collecting nearly $100,000 from a group of climbers. One Indian and eight Greek climbers told The Himalayan Times newspaper that a Kathmandu-based climbing company had ran off with their Everest money. The climbers said Tshering
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Kim Jong-un Climbs Nation’s Highest Peak

King Jong-un says he is an “energetic man of the people” after climbing to the peak of Mount Paektu, North Korea’s highest mountain. The leader of North Korea climbed the 2,750-metres mountain and was awarded for his hard efforts with a beautiful snowy mountain top.
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Nina Williams sends “Dream Line” Speed of Life

Nina Williams sends Speed of Life V10 at Farley Ledge in Western Massachusetts. Nina Williams wrote on her Facebook: “Speed of Life. A dream beginning 2009 and realized yesterday. I was initially drawn to its aesthetic line, intimidating size, and crimpy style. “I
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Canadian Max Fisher Sends In Chamonix

Max Fisher is a Canadian east-coaster with a sweet tooth for the alpine. He’s currently sessioning the spring rock and alpine climbing in Chamonix. By Max Fisher Last June, when close friend and climbing partner Cory Hall passed away climbing in Peru, James Monypenny
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Pamela Pack: Bold New R-Rated Splitter

American offwidth master Pamela Pack climbed a new four-pitch crack that has been given 5.13R. “I’m excited to have completed a project that’s been a tremendous mental and physical battle for two seasons now. The American Horror Story 5.13 R/X is a spectacular
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Alex Megos: Five 5.14s In A Day

Alex Megos continues to set the bar in Australia and recently had one stellar day of sends. Megos recently made the second ascent of Mr. Pink 5.14c, first climbed by Ben Cossey and said, “Definitely one of the hardest 8c+’s I have done. What a route!” Woop!!!
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