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New Squamish Crag is Family Friendly

Tess Egan and her husband, Jason Robinson, have developed a new crag in Squamish called the Playground. Along the way, Kye Egan-Robinson, made one of the youngest first ascents ever. After discovering the potential crag, Tess had to convince her husband that it was worth the
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El Cap’s Newest Free Route: The Heart Route

Mason Earle, 26, has made the first free ascent of the Heart Route on El Capitan and his partner, Brad Gobright, 27, freed everything but a few metres. The 1970 route up the southwest face of El Cap was first climbed by Scott Davis and Chuck Kroger. The Heart formation is a
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Mount Logan Success, Storms and Helicopters

In May and June, three highly experienced climbers were attempting to traverse Mount Logan. After reaching the summit they were forced to spend a week above 5,000 metres in snow caves until a helicopter picked them up. Bryce Brown and his two partners flew on May 16 from the
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Watch Cameron Hörst, 14, Send Raubritter 5.14b

Raubritter is a short, severely overhanging climb at the Eldorado crag in the Frankenjura, Germany. Established by the powerful Markus Bock, this climb is only about 20 moves long, but every move is hard—pulling on shallow two-finger pockets and edges. The climber can fall
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Watch Chris Sharma Climb a Redwood Tree

Chris Sharma recently spent three days working and climbing a 75-metre 700-year-old Redwood in California and said his route is called Jumbo Wood 5.14d. Sharma and a team from Red Bull worked with Dr. Anthony Ambrose and Wendy Baxter, research scientists and redwood-tree experts
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Sasha DiGiulian’s First Female Ascent of a Verdon 5.14

Sasha DiGiulian has made the first female ascent of a new 5.14 in France’s Verdon Gorge called La Coccinelle Trump L’oeil.  The Verdon Gorge is between Nice and Marseilles and was formed from the Verdon River. The limestone gorge is hundreds of metres high and has
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Watch Climbing Mount Robson’s Kain Face

Mount Robson’s Kain Face is one of the most sought-after moderate alpine faces in Canada. In 2014, Max and Charlie Nuttelman made an ascent of the classic wall, which was first climbed in 1913 by Conrad Kain and his clients, McCarthy and Foster. It’s a 20-pitch alpine
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New Alpine Rock Route on Vancouver Island

At the beginning of June 2015, Ryan Van Horne and Mike Morris climbed a new route on the east face of Vancouver Island’s Sutton Peak. It is the fourth route Van Horne has added to the over-looked, but long-coveted face. His earlier moderate routes were Holy Horseshoes with
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New Difficult Big Wall Route in Madagascar

Hamid Reza Shafaghi, Hassan Gerami and Farshad Mijoji climbed some big wall classics to prepare for their new Madagascar route on the Tsaranoro massif. The three Iranian climbers established the 440-metre 5.13d A2 to the top of the Karambony Tower in Madagascar in April after six
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Squamish’s La Coalition 5.11 is Good to Go

Squamish’s Adam Hart established La Coalition a number of years ago and wants people to go climb it. “I established a new six pitch 5.11+ in the South Gully on The Cheif just up from the Opal Wall called La Coalition with Damien Cote in 2008,” said Hart.
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