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Tom Ballard Nearly Finished Starlight and Storm Objective

Tom Ballard is a British alpinist who is attempting to solo, in one winter, the six great north faces. His most recent ascent was of the Allain – Leininger 1935 route up the Petit Dru North Face. The solo only took eight hours, no bad considering he’d never climbed
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Watch Federica Mingolla Climb a Verdon Classic

In 2014, Italian climber Federica Mingolla sent the famous 60-metre Tom et Je Ris 5.14b in Verdon. Mingolla is a 20-year-old crusher from Turin, Italy, who’s only been climbing for five years. As a full-time science student, she makes time between classes to train. It was
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Mason Earle Sends Moab Crack Project

Mason Earle is one of the world’s best crack climbers and has recently sent a multi-year project. After three years of effort, Earle climbed his new route at Bartlett Wash near Moab. He graded the overhanging crack 5.14- and said the opening sequence is a burly V8 and is
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Video: Climbing a Steep Ice Climb With Hands Only

In 2011, Salvador Morales climbed the ice climb Meschuge WI6 100 metres in Ötztal, Austria without using any ice axes. “Yes, yes, no axes! What should we call it? No tooling? Naked ice?” said Morales after the ascent. “I used no axes and climbed the stalactites,
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Paul McSorley and Jesse Huey’s Big New Norway Ice Route

Canadians Jon Walsh and Paul McSorley were among a few of the world’s top ice climbers, including Jesse Huey, who visited Norway’s Senja Island in February. The climbers sampled some of the island’s biggest mixed routes including Finnammen M9+ and Finnkona WI6+.
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Chris Sharma Sends New 5.15b/c

Chris Sharma has done it again, proving he is still one of the world’s strongest sport climbers. 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
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Nalle Hukkataival Sends Historic Fontainebleau Route

Nalle Hukkataival is one of the world’s strongest climbers, if not the strongest. His determination to make the second ascent of a bouldering problem in Fontainebleau has been rewarded with a second ascent. The problem was fist climbed in 1997 by Marc Le Menestrel. Some
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Vid: Giorgia Tesio Climbs V11 in Italy

Giorgia Tesio has done Alphacentaury V11 in Varazze, Italy. Three months ago the 14-year-old did her first V12. Watch this great video by Christian Core. More on Giorgia Tesio Giorgia Tesio – Alphacentaury (Standing Start) – Varazze from CoreFamily on Vimeo. Learn
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Watch a New V6 Being Climbed in Germany

Jaume Garcia has cleaned and climbed a new V6 in Bahratal, Germany. Check out some of Bahratal’s problems on Sendage.
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Big New Ice Route in Montana

Scott Coldiron and Christian Thompson have climbed a big new ice route in the Cabinet Range of Montana. Coldiron and Thompson climbed Black Well Falls WI5 M4 300 metres over the weekend. “To my knowledge, it’s the biggest steep, pure ice route in this little
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