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Cosmiques Arete

Chamonix’s famous Cosmique Arete was first climbed by George and Maxwell Finched in August 1911. From Summit Post: The Cosmiques Ridge is a supurb varied route which is justifiably popular. It is the perfect introduction to Alpine mixed climbing has enough variety to keep
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New route above Khumbu

Labuche East is a 6,145-metre Nepalese peak close to the Khumbu Glacier. It was first climbed in 1984 by Laurence Nielson and Sherpa Ang Gyalzen The Odessa Alpine Club climbed a new route on Lobuche East in eight days. The climb took three nights on the wall in heavy snowfall.
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Nalle bags third-ascent of V15

Nalle Hukkatival recently sent the sit start to Klem Loskot’s Bugeleisen in Austria, a 13-year project. Before leaving Maltatal valley he dispatched one last route, the sit start to Loskot’s 2002 route Emotional Landscape. Nalle Hukkatival reports on Facebook,
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Adam Ondra in UK, onsighted Master’s Edge

Adam Ondra visits The Peak as part of the La Sportiva weekend. He onsighted Master’s Edge, Balance It Is, The Knock and Messiah. Adam Ondra Visits The Peak District from Lyon Equipment on Vimeo.
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Alex Megos sends Action Directe

Alex Megos needed only two hours to redpoint the world’s first 5.14d, first climbed by Wolfgang Gullich in 1991. The Frankenjura route has stood the test of time and is consider the “must do” for climbers pushing the grade. Frankenjura reported Megos had only
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The River of Life in California, a wild new crack climb!

San Diego’s short version of Separate Reality – a new roof-crack rock climb featuring Randy Leavitt, filmed by Chris Hubbard, belayed by Stacey Stevenson. High above a city of two-million people. Though this climb is only 5.11+, it is spectacular for the grade.   
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Wet Dreams V11

Wet Dreams (right) is located in the colourful canyons of Red Rocks. While there for not long enough, we found a boulder that needed to be displayed and showcased. For beta or for worse, enjoy this short that was filmed by Vince Schaefer and edit by Josh Larson, the climber is
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I’m Your Huckleberry, 5.13

Randy Leavitt climbs his latest project at El Cajon Mountain, San Diego, California. This beautiful granite rock climb ascents the first half of a crack climb called Crack-A-Mite 5.11a, then breaks out right up a steep headwall to an impressive finish 5.13b.   
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Gathering Sun – Nesscliffe

Naomi Buys on a headpoint ascent of Gathering Sun at Nesscliffe, a superb sandstone quarry in Shropshire.  
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Hard Sends from Around the Globe

There is no doubt that standards are on the rise, climbers are sending big grades at both ends of the age-spectrum, from 61-year-old Fransisco Marin sending 5.14a to 14-year-old Kai Ligthner sending 5.14c, again. Kai Ligthner, 14, sends Lucifer, his second 5.14c, his first being
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