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A List of Hard and Steep Canadian Routes

Canada has some hard routes, from burly to long and technical 5.14s. Here is a select list of some of the hardest. By Sophia Vlahos Canadian climbing legend, Sonnie Trotter, has largely influenced the world of climbing in Canada by establishing and making first ascents on
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Watch a Tour of Western Canada Climbing Destinations

This is a film about climbing, featuring three climbers sharing their reasons for doing this sport, what scares them, and the climbs they’ve done in the past year. The film was directed, filmed and edited by Paul Lapides. Follow along with Lapides, Will Enns and Barend
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Check out the New Rockies’ Unicorn Canyon

A group of climbers have put in many hours to develop a new crag in Kananaskis Country. The new Unicorn Canyon is between Barrier Lake and Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis Country near Calgary. The crag is on the southwest side of Mount Lorette, which is were the Lorette Creek
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Bugaboos News: Two New Big Lines Close to Applebee

The Bugaboos are one of North America’s premier alpine climbing destinations and are located in the Purcell Mountains of B.C. This year, like most others, the Kain Hut and Applebee have been busting at the seams with climbers from all over the world. The 2014/15 winter
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New Big Rockies Route: Bucking Horse Rider

Three Squamish-based senders have climbed a new big route on the Rockies’ Mount Louis. Mount Louis is an iconic peak near the town of Banff and is part of the Sawback Range. The first ascent was nearly 100 years ago and despite what some might think, it is hardly climbed
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Kate Rutherford and Jasmin Caton Climb New Remote Alpine Routes

The Leaning Towers in are remote and rarely-visited granite peaks in B.C.’s interior. By Jasmin Caton Kate Rutherford and I just returned from a week-long trip to the Leaning Towers in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. We enlisted the services of Stephen Senecal as a
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New Moderate Rockies Multi-Pitch Route

Jay Mills is one of the Rockies regular new-routers and his new moderate looks like a must-climb. The route is on a 150-metre band of rock across from the Mosquito Creek hostel on the Icefields Parkway. Mills teams up with Steph Kish on July 9 for their first ascent of
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Aerial Footage of a Bugaboo Classic

Luke Humphrey’s most recent online film is a nicely produced video of the classic Bugaboo route, the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire. Considered “the best 5.4 in the world,” the B.C. route gets dozens of ascents every season. The 500-metre-long ridge has sticky
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Old Shannon Falls Route is Re-Cleaned

The rapid growth of vegetation in Squamish means routes must be kept up-to-date and climbed regularly or they’ll be lost beneath moss and shrubbery. Kris Wild recently unearthed Jump to Lightspeed near Shannon Falls in Squamish. “Just wanted to let folks know that I
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Evan Hau Sends Hard New Rockies Route

The Canadian Rockies have thousands of sport routes, but with so much untouched rock it’s easy to find new and esthetic routes close to home. Calgary-based crusher Evan Hau recently found a new wall to develop and called it the Apocalypse Cave. The first route Hau developed
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