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Sean McColl Crushing in California

Sean McColl is currently climbing in Bishop, where he has already sent a number of hard bouldering problems. A day after arriving, McColl sent Buttermilker V13 and two days later sent Direct North V14, it was his fourth V14 of the year. McColl turned his attention to the famous
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Ashima Shiraishi Sends Big in Texas

Ashima Shiraishi is one of the world’s top climbers and she continued her impressive year with big sends in Texas. Shiraishi made the first female ascent of Terre de Sienne V14 at Hueco Tanks on Nov. 25. “It feels so good to see improvement in my climbing and that
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Pirmin Bertle is On Fire with New 5.15b

German climber Pirmin Bertle is at the top of his game and has climbed a new 5.15b. After 150 attempts over 50 days, Bertle made the first ascent of Meoise 5.15b. The route links two of his previous routes called Chromosome Y and Chromosome X, which he made the first ascents of
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Josie Hetyei Sends 5.14s on Europe Trip

Josie Hetyei is one of Canada’s strongest female climbers and she recently sent difficult routes in Europe. Touring the popular sport climbing destinations of Europe, Hetyei set her sights on difficult 5.14 climbs. A few weeks ago, she became the second Canadian woman to
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Watch Some Burly Scottish Climbing

Scotland is renown for its bold and run-out climbing during very cold conditions. The rules in Scotland are simple, if a summer rock route is white with snow, neve or ice then you can strap on the crampons and bring the ice tools. Many climbs have summer and winter names and
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Watch a Huge Serac Fall in New Zealand

Ryan Taylor videoed this serac collapse during a ski mountaineering trip to Mount Cook. “I also captured a series of ice the size of several buildings falling off the Hochstetter Ice Fall below Mount Cook,” wrote Taylor on social media. “Similar events are
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Katie Bono Sends Lightning, Sets New Standard

Katie Bono has climbed a number of hard mixed routes throughout North America. With her send of The Lightning M13, she becomes the first American woman to climb the grade. Canadian Sarah Hueniken became the first North American woman to climb M13 two years ago. The route is one
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Big Sends in Europe This Week by Top Climbers

Some of the world’s best climbers have been rounding off their 2015 years with big sends. Alex Megos climbed a new 5.14d in Frankenjura called Space Lap. “Might have been the last really good day in the Frankenjura,” said Megos. “And I made the best of it.
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Watch Ueli Steck Set New Eiger Speed Record

Ueli Steck has reclaimed the speed record for climbing the north face of the Eiger via the 1938 Heckmair Route. He climbed the massive wall in two hours and 23 minutes, which beat Dani Arnold’s 2011 record of two hours and 28 minutes. In 2007, Steck made headlines for
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Watch Bold Attempt on Big Himalayan Mountain

Watch as a six European alpinists attempt Thalay Sagar, a 6,904-metre peak in India’s Garhwal. In 2004, a route was climbed near the northwest ridge called Harvest Moon by a strong Swiss team. In 2015, a team consisting of Daniele Nardi, Adrian Legarra, Txu
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