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Speed Record on The Naked Edge

On September 24th, Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright retook their speed record on The Naked Edge 5.11 in Eldorado Canyon, CO. The team shaved 15 seconds off of the previous record set by Jason Wells and Stefan Griebel in August 2014. Griebel was there to cheer on his
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Another new 5.13 at Lion’s Head

Last week we reported about a number of new 5.13s at Lion’s Head. This week, Mark Smith has added another. Mark Smith sent an 40-metre project which is the direct finish to his recent new route 30 Years in the Making 5.13c. Smith is calling his new route Reach for the Sky
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Daniel Woods finds new V13 in Peru

American boulderer Daniel Woods has established a new boulder problem while on vacation in Peru. On Sept. 24, Woods updated his social media with, “En route to Hatu Machai. Nice sunset to look at while surviving the seven-hour drive into the mountains. Psyched to see this
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Vid: Ontario’s Big Kahuna 5.13d

Lion’s Head is many climbers favourite limestone crag. Some of the world’s best climbers have added routes to the steep walls above Georgian Bay. If you don’t know much about Lion’s Head, visit a previous story on Gripped here. One of the classic hard
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Achilles Spire: Big 5.8 Rockies Route

Achilles Spire was established in 2012, but few know about it. For those in the know, it is one of the finer 13-pitch bolted 5.8 routes. Achilles Spire has 300 metres of relatively easy climbing. It was established by Eric Dumerac, Sid Cupido and Chad Casey on September 7, 2012.
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New wall at Area 44

Jack Fieldhouse and friends have established a new short, burly crag at the West Coast’s Area 44. The Distillery is located just off the trail to the Pillary crag at Area 44.  The routes are at a variety of grades up to 5.11+. The routes are short, but burly. As Fieldhouse
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New Hard Yosemite Route

Cheyne Lempe and Ehan Pringle have climbed a new route in Yosemite, ground up. The 330-metre route is on Higher Cathedral Rock in Yosemite. The duo named their route The Constant Gardener 5.11+R A3. There were no fixed lines used on the serious new route. There was no information
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Unstoppable! McColl is the 2014 Adidas Rock Star

This weekend the who’s who of the international climbing community gathered for a veritable Climbing Rock Show in Germany at Stuttgart’s modern Porsche-Arena. Sean McColl proves why is the one of the world’s best competitive climbers, again. Around 70 athletes from 20
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Alex Megos sends “strange” new route

Alex Megos is one of the strongest climbers making the headlines these days. On Sept. 10, he climbed two 5.14ds and sent his longest project. In 2001, Chris Sharma sent Realization which was one of the first 5.15as (some argue that Alex Huber’s 1994 route La Rambla was the
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Pesce Solos Grandes Jorasses

Corrado Pesce is one of the world’s leading alpine climbers, although few know of him. He recently soloed the Polish Route on Grandes Jorasses. The Chamonix-based Italian has been pushing the standards of alpine climbing for years. When Gripped asked him about his Polish
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