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Garnbret sends Katakombe

Slovenian Janja Garnbret, 15, has made an ascent of Katakombe 5.14a in Kotecnik, Slovenia. She had previously climbed a number of 5.13+ routes and had attempted Katakombe in 2013. She is currently a European youth champion in lead an bouldering. For more awesome photos, click the
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First female ascent of world’s first 5.14b

Melissa Le Neve has repeated the world’s first 5.14b, Wolfgang Gullich’s Wallstreet in Frankenjura It has been 27 years since the 27-year-old Gullich made the first climbed it and Neve is the first woman to make an ascent. The route has a burly start with a number of
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New V10s in Okanagan

The Okanagan has long been a destination for climbers. The warm spring brought great conditions to the area and climbers have been busy scrubbing new problems and sending old projects. Andy White, who runs the Okanagan bouldering website, sent two of his projects. White wrote on
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Speed Record on Wapta Traverse

The Wapta Traverse is the only hut-to-hut multi-day ski traverse in North America.  The trip has easy access, multiple ski-mountaineering objectives, big glaciers, excellent snow, lots of potential for turns and four huts. The 45-kilometre route moves back and forth across the
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New Route on Huntington by Mayo and Wharton

Mount Huntington has long been one of the most sought-after alpine peaks in Alaska. Canadians Nick Buda and Bryce Brown recently climbed The Harvard Route and reported great conditions. Will Mayo posted this on social media on May 12: “Josh Wharton and I climbed a new route
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Lee solos Let’s Get Killed

Let’s Get Killed is a stout route at Lancashire on Wilderness Rocks and goes at E6, 6B, with a rope on. Nathan Lee solos the 12-metre route that has a burly roof and sketchy face that has some dubious holds. It was first climbed in 2001 by Thomas de Gay.  
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Heerema Sends two Canadian V12s

The Phoenix is one of the Niagara Glen’s harder problems. Ontario climber David Heerema sent it, and a V12 in Quebec, during a week-long road trip this spring. Heerema, who is one of Canada’s strongest boulderers, wrote this about the climb “The Phoenix was a
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Squamish’s famous finger crack, Exasperator!

IFMGA mountain guide Crosby Johnston talks about one of his favourite Squamish 5.10 rock climbs, Exasperator Crack. It is one of the best single-pitch routes in Squamis, located at the Grand Wall base, it is 45 m of technical finger crack climbing. It was first climbed in 1960 by
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Cosmiques Arete

Chamonix’s famous Cosmique Arete was first climbed by George and Maxwell Finched in August 1911. From Summit Post: The Cosmiques Ridge is a supurb varied route which is justifiably popular. It is the perfect introduction to Alpine mixed climbing has enough variety to keep
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Finlayson Sends Superman

Squamish climber, Jamie Finlayson, who has a piece on Squamish climbing in our June issue, has sent Superman 5.14c on the Big Show at Cheakamus. Finlayson sent the route which was first climbed by Sonnie Trotter in 2002, second ascent by Sean McColl in 2004, on May 7. Finlayson
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