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Ellis Butler Barker is Brit’s New Sender

At only 18 years old, Ellis Butler-Barker has made the second ascent of Brian 5.14c at Anstey’s Cove. This potentially makes him the youngest Brit to have climbed the grade. The route was first climbed by Ken Palmer in 2003. Ellis wrote on his blog: “I never thought
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Watch Jakob Schubert Climbing Fight or Flight

On Dec. 31, 2014 Jakob Schubert made the third ascent of Chris Sharma’s Fight or flight 5.15b in Oliana, Spain, on his 24th birthday. Fight or Flight was Schubert’s first 5.15b and he joined a very elite group that have climbed the grade. During one day in 2014 while
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Mount Everest 2015 Khumbu Icefall Route

The 2015 route through the Khumbu Icefall has been pieced together by a number of professional climbers and guides. Garrett Madison is guide who runs Madison Mountaineering and recently posted a few photos of the Khumbu route on his blog. It sounds like the route is safer, but
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Zach Lerner’s First Ascent of a Colorado 5.14

Watch Zach Lerner as he battles a long-standing project Creme de la Poudre 5.14b at the Vista Crag in Poudre Canyon, Colorado. This is one of the most obvious and sought after lines at the cliff. The rock is reminiscent of Mt. Arapiles or the Grampians in Australia. The nine-bolt
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Vikki Weldon Sends Hard Spanish Route

The route Los Humildes pa Casa 5.14a in Oliana is one of the more famous easy 5.14a in Spain. Squamish-based Vikki Weldon sent the route on Easter Sunday. Vikki became the third Canadian woman to climb 5.14a and two summers ago she made the second ascent of Yamnuska’s Blue
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Shin Fei, 11, Sends The Grand Hustle V13

We should expect by now that at least once a week there will be a teenager, or in this case an 11-year-old, who makes the headlines. Shin Fei is the second youngest boulderer to climb V13, the first was 10-year-old Ashima Shiriashi. Wills Young recently summed it up very well
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Mike Doyle Continues Sending Spree in Smith

Our current cover boy, Mike Doyle, isn’t living in the glory from his big send of Necessary Evil 5.14c, instead he’s putting himself through the ringer over and over, only this time in Oregon. Fresh from a successful trip to the Virgin River Gorge, Doyle moved his
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Watch Hayden Kennedy Send a Desert 5.14

In 2012, twenty-two-year-old Hayden Kennedy made the first ascent of Carbondale Short Bus 5.14- in Indian Creek, Utah. The line was first envisioned by Nick Martino back in 2007, Kennedy redpointed it on March 21, 2012. Some called it the hardest route in Indian Creek at the
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Hard New Route on Scottish Sea Stack

The Arborath sea cliffs are near the town of Arborath in Scotland and offer over 100 routes on 20-metres sandstone wall. Robbie Phillips and Neil McGeachy recently climbed a new E8 6b and a sea stack at Arborath and named it Deil Or No Deil. Phillips and McGeachy both headpointed
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Alex Megos Continues Sending Spree In Australia

Alex Megos made quick work of the Sydney, Australia problem Double Demerit V14 at Sunnyside. Megos traveled to Australia after his trip to Japan. Within only a few days, he’s sent many of the area’s testpiece routes. He started his trip with a V11, V12 and V13 in
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