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Mount Temple’s Sphinx Face Skied by Colin Haley

Colin Haley and Rob Smith are no strangers to the Canadian Rockies. During the last week of March, they climbed the icefield on the Sphinx Face on Mount Temple and Colin Haley skied down. Mount Temple has been called the Eiger of the Rockies because of their similar size, terrain
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Early Season Sends on Bow Valley Rock

There is still skiing to be had, ice fat and climbable, but on the Bow Valley’s south facing rock walls, it’s game on for rock climbers. Of course with the sun comes the ticks and they’ve been out in full force. Nearly every climber has reported having at least
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New Five-Pitch Mixed Route in Rocky Mountain National Park

With long days and cold nights, alpine climbing conditions are perfect in some mountain ranges around North America.  In Rocky Mountain National Park Doug Shepherd and Chris Sheridan climbed a new route above Emerald Lake on the north face of Hallett Peak. On the third buttress,
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New Moderate Mixed Route in the Alps

Watch this short video of Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey on their first ascent of Zephyr M5+ 6b 400 metres on Mont Maudit. Read about the first ascent here. First ascent, “Zephyr” Mt Maudit from Matt Helliker on Vimeo.
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Film: Jesse Huey Climbs The Shadow

In 1988, Peter Croft onsighted the first free ascent of The Shadow, an eye-catching 50-metre dihedral on Squamish’s Chief that goes at 5.13b. Watch Jesse Huey as he does a rare free-ascent of the legendary line. Brette Harrington Climbs The Shadow  
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New Rockies WI6 Pillar Climbed

Despite it being March, ice climbing season is far from over. Across Canada, cool temps are keeping climbs in prime shape. On March 10, 2015, Maury Perreault, Scott Stenz and Tim Banfield traveled along Commonwealth Creek, up to Smuts Pass, down to Birdwood Lakes, up the unnamed
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Carlo Traversi Sends Kryptonite at the Fortress of Solitude

Californian Carlo Traversi began rock climbing at 14 years old and over the last decade has amassed an impressive resume of hard sends. In 2011, Traversi made the second ascent of The Game V15 in Boulder, CO. He’s also sent In Search Of Time Lost and Practice Of The Wild,
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Alex Megos Continues Sending in Japan

Alex Megos is at the start of a three month climbing trip and his stop over in Japan has been full of big sends on boulders and at the crag. Megos reported on Facebook that he made the third ascent of Flat Nountain 5.14d/5.15a in Futagoyama and it only took him seven tries over
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Norwegian Magnus Midtbo Sends Spanish 5.15

Norwegian climber Magnus Midtbo has climbed over a dozen routes graded 5.14d or harder. The strong 27-year-old reported on Instagram that he climbed Papichulo 5.15a in Oliana, Spain. There have been a number of hard sends in Spain recently including Jonathan Siegrist on La Rambla
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Alex Megos Sends Hard Boulder Problem

Alex Megos is one of the world’s strongest climbers and on his recent trip to Japan proved he’s just getting started. Megos was climbing in Kanoto, Japan with Yuji Hirayama and sent a number of testpiece problems. Megos wrote on Facebook, “What a day! Went out
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