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Alizee Dufraisse Projects La Rambla

Alizée Dufraisse has been projecting Ramòn Julian Puigblanque’s iconic La Rambla original 5.15a, at Siurana, Spain. This spring she spent five weeks projecting the route. Alex Huber made the first ascent in 1994, and it was repeated nine years later by Ramón Julián
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Hazel Findlay, first woman to climb British E9

Hazel Findlay became the first woman to climb a British E9 with her ascent of Once Upon A Time In The Southwest, near Devon, UK. This is an excerpt from the REEL ROCK 8 Film SPICE GIRL “I’ve had quite a few pegs snap on me, so I back them up with sliders,” says
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Prusik Peak West Ridge

Prusik Peak is a solid granite mountain in the Enchantments, south of Leavenworth, Washington. The Enchantments are a peaceful setting and said to be one of the most majestic parts of the Cascades in the Stuart Range. The area embraces an alpine desert-like feel with a number of
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Classan makes first female ascent of Just Do It!

Paige Claassen has been traveling the world on her Lead Now Tour over the last year. The 22-year-old Claassen has sent  Just Do It 5.14c at Smith Rocks. It is the first female ascent of the route. The route was established by Jean-Baptiste Tribout in 1992. Claassen and her new
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Siegrist Climbs 5.15a

Jonathan Siegrist has sent Realization in Ceüse, France, the route that became popular after Chris Sharma made the historic first ascent. Siegrist wrote about Realization on his blog, read about it here. After five weeks of projecting the climb, Siegrist made the eighth ascent on
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New Route in Peru

French climbers Frederic Degoulet, Benjamin Guigonnet, Helias Millerioux and Robin Revest climbed Looking for the Void, a mixed route up the West face of Siula Chico in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru, during mid-may. Siula Chicois 6,265 m and is the sub-peak to Siul
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New two-pitch route in Squamish

The new Sea-to-Sky gondola has opened access to some off-piste rock. New routes are being developed and one wall with potential is Wrinkle Rock. Wrinkle Rock is named for its folded granite features. It offers a range of easier routes that are a combination of crack and slab
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Monks in Meteora go for a rappel

Monks in Meteora, Greece, rappel from the Skete of St. Gregory. This was a historic event, as it was the first ceremony of its kind in 50 years. The monastic community of Meteora had some help from the Fire Department of Kalabaka to perform the Liturgy at the Skete St. Gregory.
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New Variation to North Ridge on Kangchenjunga

Russian Denis Urubko has reached the summit of Kangchenjunga 8,586 m, climbing a minor variation on the lower face to access the North Ridge. Adam Bielecki, Artem Braun and Dimtry Sinev, Alex Txikon and Urubko had set out for a new route on the northwest face, but conditions
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Midnight Lightning

Midnight Lightning is on the Columbia Boulder in Camp 4 of Yosemite. It has been described as the world’s most famous bouldering problem. The first ascent was by Ron Kauk in 1978 and the first female ascent was by Lynn Hill in 1998. The problem had been easily identified by
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