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Alaska Season Starts Early With New Mount Dickey Route

John Frieh, Chad Diesinger and Jason Stuckey have climbed a new route on the northeast face of Mount Dickey. On March 20 and 21, the three alpinists established Blue Collar Beatdown V WI4 M4 that required 48 hours of climbing, minus a few hours of recovering. John Frieh’s
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Sachi Amma Crushing in Bishop

Sachi Amma’s sending spree seems to be continuing, but instead of repeating 5.15s in Europe, Amma is busy climbing some of Bishop’s hardest problems.  Amma reported that he recently sent a few famous Bishop routes including The Buttermilker V13, The Mandala V12 and
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New Five-Pitch Mixed Route in Rocky Mountain National Park

With long days and cold nights, alpine climbing conditions are perfect in some mountain ranges around North America.  In Rocky Mountain National Park Doug Shepherd and Chris Sheridan climbed a new route above Emerald Lake on the north face of Hallett Peak. On the third buttress,
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New Moderate Mixed Route in the Alps

Watch this short video of Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey on their first ascent of Zephyr M5+ 6b 400 metres on Mont Maudit. Read about the first ascent here. First ascent, “Zephyr” Mt Maudit from Matt Helliker on Vimeo.
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Carlo Traversi Sends Kryptonite at the Fortress of Solitude

Californian Carlo Traversi began rock climbing at 14 years old and over the last decade has amassed an impressive resume of hard sends. In 2011, Traversi made the second ascent of The Game V15 in Boulder, CO. He’s also sent In Search Of Time Lost and Practice Of The Wild,
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Alex Megos Continues Sending in Japan

Alex Megos is at the start of a three month climbing trip and his stop over in Japan has been full of big sends on boulders and at the crag. Megos reported on Facebook that he made the third ascent of Flat Nountain 5.14d/5.15a in Futagoyama and it only took him seven tries over
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Norwegian Magnus Midtbo Sends Spanish 5.15

Norwegian climber Magnus Midtbo has climbed over a dozen routes graded 5.14d or harder. The strong 27-year-old reported on Instagram that he climbed Papichulo 5.15a in Oliana, Spain. There have been a number of hard sends in Spain recently including Jonathan Siegrist on La Rambla
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Alex Megos Sends Hard Boulder Problem

Alex Megos is one of the world’s strongest climbers and on his recent trip to Japan proved he’s just getting started. Megos was climbing in Kanoto, Japan with Yuji Hirayama and sent a number of testpiece problems. Megos wrote on Facebook, “What a day! Went out
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Ashima Shiraishi Sends Another One!

American climber Ashima Shiraishi, 13, is currently on spring break in Spain. Last week she sent what might be a 5.15a, making her the first woman and youngest climber ever to send the grade. Ashima seems to be surprising herself these days as she updated her Instagram with,
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Jonathan Siegrist Sends La Rambla 5.15a

American climber Jonathan Siegrist recently sent La Rambla 5.15a. In the fall of 2014, he visited Ontario’s Lion’s Head and previous to that he climbed Realization 5.15a.  Alex Huber made the first ascent in 1994 and it was repeated nine years later by Ramón Julián
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