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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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Tom Ballard Completes North Faces With Fast Ascent of Eiger

British climber Tom Ballard has soloed the North Face of the Eiger in five hours and 38 minutes and in doing so completed his Starlight and Storm project. Tom Ballard is a British alpinist who has just completed climbing the six great north faces of the Alps in winter and solo.
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Emily Harrington on Training for Your Goals

Emily Harrington has big goals for 2015 – from free climbing Golden Gate 5.13 on El Capitan to completing Makalu without oxygen. Such extreme goals requires extreme training. Harrington focuses on a diverse training routine that includes ski touring and bouldering to get in
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Alex Honnold Climbs Punks in the Gym

Alex Honnold is currently climbing in Australia and managed to tick the classic Punks in the Gym, which was first climbed the year Honnold was born. According to 8a.nu, Honnold has 801 ascents to his name in their database and the most recently added was Punks in the Gym. Honnold
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Video of Nalle Hukkataival’s Historic Font Send

Last week we reported that Nalle Hukkataival made the second ascent of a Fontainebleau route first climbed in 1996. During the first week of March, Hukkataival made the second ascent of the L’alchemiste, which was originally graded V12/13. After the first ascent, the crux
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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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