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Hazel Findlay, first woman to climb British E9

Hazel Findlay became the first woman to climb a British E9 with her ascent of Once Upon A Time In The Southwest, near Devon, UK. This is an excerpt from the REEL ROCK 8 Film SPICE GIRL “I’ve had quite a few pegs snap on me, so I back them up with sliders,” says
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Prusik Peak West Ridge

Prusik Peak is a solid granite mountain in the Enchantments, south of Leavenworth, Washington. The Enchantments are a peaceful setting and said to be one of the most majestic parts of the Cascades in the Stuart Range. The area embraces an alpine desert-like feel with a number of
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Classan makes first female ascent of Just Do It!

Paige Claassen has been traveling the world on her Lead Now Tour over the last year. The 22-year-old Claassen has sent  Just Do It 5.14c at Smith Rocks. It is the first female ascent of the route. The route was established by Jean-Baptiste Tribout in 1992. Claassen and her new
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Siegrist Climbs 5.15a

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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New Route in Peru

French climbers Frederic Degoulet, Benjamin Guigonnet, Helias Millerioux and Robin Revest climbed Looking for the Void, a mixed route up the West face of Siula Chico in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru, during mid-may. Siula Chicois 6,265 m and is the sub-peak to Siul
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Monks in Meteora go for a rappel

Monks in Meteora, Greece, rappel from the Skete of St. Gregory. This was a historic event, as it was the first ceremony of its kind in 50 years. The monastic community of Meteora had some help from the Fire Department of Kalabaka to perform the Liturgy at the Skete St. Gregory.
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New Variation to North Ridge on Kangchenjunga

Russian Denis Urubko has reached the summit of Kangchenjunga 8,586 m, climbing a minor variation on the lower face to access the North Ridge. Adam Bielecki, Artem Braun and Dimtry Sinev, Alex Txikon and Urubko had set out for a new route on the northwest face, but conditions
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Midnight Lightning

Midnight Lightning is on the Columbia Boulder in Camp 4 of Yosemite. It has been described as the world’s most famous bouldering problem. The first ascent was by Ron Kauk in 1978 and the first female ascent was by Lynn Hill in 1998. The problem had been easily identified by
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Fourth Woman to Climb 5.14d

Muriel Sarkany became the fourth woman to climb 5.14d by climbing Punt X in the Gorges du Loup, France. Check out this video from Nov. 2013 of Sarkany making history. For more on Sarkany, visit her website here.
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Climbers Summit Everest

A weather window has allowed a number of climbers to stand on top of the world’s highest peak. As more climbers prepare for an attempt, snows and high wind compromise their climb. South Side Chinese Wang Jing and five Sherpas made the summit up the Nepalese normal route.
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