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Climbers Evacuated From Everest Basecamp

The Himalayan climbing season has barely begun, but already climbers are being evacuated from Everest as nearly 200 climbers and support staff have fallen ill from altitude sickness. The Khumbu area has had unusual amounts of early season snow and everyone is feeling it. For
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Sean McColl Flashes Hard Problem in Font

Sean McColl’s trip is proving to be a productive one with a number of hard routes already ticked. McColl’s Fontainebleau trip started only five days ago, but he’s already sent Neverland V11, Atresie Assis V13, Atresie V11, Big Golden Assis V11, Big Golden V10,
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Sean McColl Sends Hard Font Problem

Sean McColl’s versatility as a climber lets him win lead and bouldering world cups and send hard routes on real stone. McColl is currently in Fontainebleau and reported yesterday that he sent The Traphouse V14. “What an amazing day here in Fontainebleau, I sent The
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Kai Lightner Joins The 9a Club With Era Vella

The rock climbing phenom Kai Lightner is off a recent win of the Sport Climbing Societies national championships. American climber Kai Lightner joins the other young new-to-the-9a-club climber Ashima Shiriashi with his recent send of Era Vella 5.14d (9a) in Margalef, Spain. A
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Ellis Butler Barker is Brit’s New Sender

At only 18 years old, Ellis Butler-Barker has made the second ascent of Brian 5.14c at Anstey’s Cove. This potentially makes him the youngest Brit to have climbed the grade. The route was first climbed by Ken Palmer in 2003. Ellis wrote on his blog: “I never thought
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Watch Jakob Schubert Climbing Fight or Flight

On Dec. 31, 2014 Jakob Schubert made the third ascent of Chris Sharma’s Fight or flight 5.15b in Oliana, Spain, on his 24th birthday. Fight or Flight was Schubert’s first 5.15b and he joined a very elite group that have climbed the grade. During one day in 2014 while
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Mount Everest 2015 Khumbu Icefall Route

The 2015 route through the Khumbu Icefall has been pieced together by a number of professional climbers and guides. Garrett Madison is guide who runs Madison Mountaineering and recently posted a few photos of the Khumbu route on his blog. It sounds like the route is safer, but
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Zach Lerner’s First Ascent of a Colorado 5.14

Watch Zach Lerner as he battles a long-standing project Creme de la Poudre 5.14b at the Vista Crag in Poudre Canyon, Colorado. This is one of the most obvious and sought after lines at the cliff. The rock is reminiscent of Mt. Arapiles or the Grampians in Australia. The nine-bolt
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Vikki Weldon Sends Hard Spanish Route

The route Los Humildes pa Casa 5.14a in Oliana is one of the more famous easy 5.14a in Spain. Squamish-based Vikki Weldon sent the route on Easter Sunday. Vikki became the third Canadian woman to climb 5.14a and two summers ago she made the second ascent of Yamnuska’s Blue
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Shin Fei, 11, Sends The Grand Hustle V13

We should expect by now that at least once a week there will be a teenager, or in this case an 11-year-old, who makes the headlines. Shin Fei is the second youngest boulderer to climb V13, the first was 10-year-old Ashima Shiriashi. Wills Young recently summed it up very well
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