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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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Ashima Shiraishi Sends Another One!

American climber Ashima Shiraishi, 13, is currently on spring break in Spain. Last week she sent what might be a 5.15a, making her the first woman and youngest climber ever to send the grade. Ashima seems to be surprising herself these days as she updated her Instagram with,
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Rarely Climbed Stanley Headwall Route Repeated

The Stanley Headwall was the focus of winter mixed new routing during the late-90s and many of the original Sean Isaac, Shawn Huisman and Dave Thomson routes see rare repeats because of their “old school” nature. The Stanley Headwall in Kootenay National Park is one
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Video: Ice Climbing on B.C.’s Duffey Lake Road

Watch Ryan Larkin and Jean-Marc Savoi climb Rambles Right on the Duffey Lake Road north of Whistler. Despite a very warm West Coast winter there was still some ice to be found. Climbers were still swinging the tools as recently as mid-March at Wedgemont Lake. West Coast Ice
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Jonathan Siegrist Sends La Rambla 5.15a

American climber Jonathan Siegrist recently sent La Rambla 5.15a. In the fall of 2014, he visited Ontario’s Lion’s Head and previous to that he climbed Realization 5.15a.  Alex Huber made the first ascent in 1994 and it was repeated nine years later by Ramón Julián
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Tom Ballard Completes North Faces With Fast Ascent of Eiger

British climber Tom Ballard has soloed the North Face of the Eiger in five hours and 38 minutes and in doing so completed his Starlight and Storm project. Tom Ballard is a British alpinist who has just completed climbing the six great north faces of the Alps in winter and solo.
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Emily Harrington on Training for Your Goals

Emily Harrington has big goals for 2015 – from free climbing Golden Gate 5.13 on El Capitan to completing Makalu without oxygen. Such extreme goals requires extreme training. Harrington focuses on a diverse training routine that includes ski touring and bouldering to get in
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Alex Honnold Climbs Punks in the Gym

Alex Honnold is currently climbing in Australia and managed to tick the classic Punks in the Gym, which was first climbed the year Honnold was born. According to 8a.nu, Honnold has 801 ascents to his name in their database and the most recently added was Punks in the Gym. Honnold
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Video of Nalle Hukkataival’s Historic Font Send

Last week we reported that Nalle Hukkataival made the second ascent of a Fontainebleau route first climbed in 1996. During the first week of March, Hukkataival made the second ascent of the L’alchemiste, which was originally graded V12/13. After the first ascent, the crux
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