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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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Miles Adamson’s New V9 at Gonzales Creek

Watch Miles Adamson, one of Canada’s boldest highball boulderers, climb his new route Algorithm V9 at Gonzales Creek. Adamson has climbed a number of hard boulder problems in and around Squamish. Visit his Sendage card to check out his latest accomplishments. A few years
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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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New Rockies Ice Climb in Kananaskis Country

The Canadian Rockies have had a mild winter with little snow. This has opened the doors to ice climbs, otherwise too dangerous to access because of avalanches, to be climbed. A few of the keenest new-routers have been Steven Kovalenko, Maurice Perrault and Josh Boisse. In early
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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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Slipstream 2015 Gallery

Slipstream is one of the world’s most famous ice climbs. At nearly 1,000 metres from glacier to summit, the modest WI4+ grade is trumped by the commitment, and objective hazards. First climbed in 1979 by Jim Elzinga and the late John Lauchlan, it is known by many as the
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New West Coast Winter Mixed/Ice Routes

Jason Kruk, Tony Richardson and Kye Peterson have climbed two new mixed routes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, B.C. The new routes are on a crag above Wedgemount Lake that’s been called Rethel Headwall. On March 4 and 5, the trio climbed No Cupcakes (NC) WI4+ 140 metres and
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Chris Sharma Sends New 5.15b/c

Chris Sharma has done it again, proving he is still one of the world’s strongest sport climbers. On March 7, Sharma made the first ascent of El Bon Combat 5.15b/c. He described the route as the The “King Line.” El Bon Combat is located at Cova de Ocell, about 40
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Newfoundland’s Huge New Mixed Route: Apocalypse Now

Will Mayo and Anna Pfaff have established one of Canada’s East Coast’s biggest and hardest mixed routes. Apocalypse Now WI7 M9 220 metres was climbed on March 7 after a number of working attempts. The route was an old project of local crusher Joe Terravecchia. Will
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Rarely Formed Rockies Route is Big and Classic

In the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies is a big ice climb, which has only formed a few times since the first ascent in the late 1990s. Conrad’s Coloumn is a nearly 500-metre ice climb near Mount Robson. Its tiered pitches offer mostly steep climbing with reportedly
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