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Big Bloc Send! From Dirt Grows The Flowers

Manuel Brunn repeated Dave Graham’s From dirt grows the flowers, V15 at Chironico, Switzerland. Manuel has climbed many V15s and 5.14ds over the years and he is stoked to start the year with Flowers after a number of tries last year. From Dirt Grows The Flowers 8C from
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Adam Ondra Onsights 5.14+

In 2011, Adam Ondra went on an unstoppable onsight spree in northern Spain, managing a stunning five 5.14+ onsights. Five! Bernardo Gimenez documents Ondra’s onsighting at the mega-crag of Oliana and he was fortunate enough to be rigged and ready when Ondra onsighted Mind
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Two New And Wild European Winter Routes

Every year, European climbers push the limit on ice and cold stone and this year is no different. On Dec. 28, two cutting-edge routes in Europe were climbed. Neither of them are more than a rope length, but both require a skill only few posses. Wide Open The strong British
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Dreamtime V14

Dreamtime is a V14 boulder problem in Cresciano, Switzerland, that was first climbed by Fred Nicole in 2000. Since then, some have suggested it is V15, but Dave Graham nabbed the second ascent in 2002 and said it is only V14. Some blame aggressive cleaning for the the downgrade,
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The Genyen Massif and Hutsa

Upon arrival in the Genyen massif, David Anderson and crew tried their luck on an unclimbed spire known as Sachun. From there, they marched along a faint yak trail to the foot of the unclimbed 6,000-metre Hutsa, a peak whose summit would prove elusive. As David Anderson flipped
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The Karakoram Highway

Three experienced paragliding pilots, Thomas de Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco arrive in the Karakoram mountain range in Northern Pakistan aiming to break records. Follow them as they explore the legendary Karakoram Highway, seeking to break the world record for the
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Fontainebleau Sessions

Fontainebleau is 90 kilometres south of Paris and can be described as the best bouldering in Europe, if not the world. The majority of the bouldering is in the forests that surround Fontainebleau, which makes for a magical setting. The sandstone rock is fantastic quality and the
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Off-Width Outlaw

Pamela Pack has been seeking out North America’s most challenging inverted and vertical offwidth climbs since 2008. She has over 50 first female ascents of off-widths including the first female ascent of Lucille 5.13a (onsight) in Vedauwoo, WY. “Offwidths continually
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Ashima Shiraishi Climbs V14

Ashima Shiraishi climbed one of the hardest boulder problems in Bishop on January 1. Since arriving in Bishop before Christmas, Shiraishi has climbed Maze of Death V12, Babeurre V12, Blood Meridian V13 and now The Swarm V14. Shiraishi is one of, if not the strongest female
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Big Push On The Dawn Wall

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have started their final attempt of the year to free The Dawn Wall. Caldwell and Jorgeson started up on Dec. 27 for perhaps their last time. If all goes well, the next time they stand on solid ground will be on top of El Capitan. On the first
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