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Mike Doyle Continues to Send in Smith

Mike Doyle has been sending pretty much everything he sets his sights on and lately it’s been 5.14s in Smith Rocks. Last week, Doyle climbed the famous To Bolt or Not To Be 5.14a and before that was The Big R 5.14a. This week, Doyle focused on Chemical A
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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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Canada’s Future Behemoth Mixed Climb

Gord McArthur is one of Canada’s leading mixed climbers in competition and outdoor climbing.  McArthur discovered a massive cave near him hometown of Cranbrook, B.C. Over the last few seasons, between world cups, he’s been developing what he said will be one of the
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Watch a Send of Jason Lives at Back of the Lake

Watch Nathan Leblanc-Limoges climbing a classic 5.12d/13a at Lake Louise.  Jason Lives is a classic sport route at the quartzite crag, Back of the Lake, at Lake Louise. It was first climbed by Marc Dube in 1990. With only six bolts, you have to stick clip the first two off 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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Skiers Find Bold Line on South Goodsir

With stable spring conditions and countless unskied lines, Ian Button and Trevor Sexsmith ventured to the remote South Goodsir 3,562 metres. Ian Button has dozens of first descents and is not stranger to the topography of the Rockies. He would never call himself a
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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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