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Four Bighorn Highway Alpine Rock Moderates

The Bighorn Highway has long been an Alberta go-to climbing destination. Bighorn Highway is the name given to the 66-kilometre Highway 40 in Kananaskis Country that runs north to south from Barrier Mountain to King Creek. Kananaskis Country is a system of 10 provincial parks in
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10 Great Ascents in Canada From the Past Century

No better way to celebrate Canada Day than to look back at 100 years and 10 great ascents on Canadian soil. In 1896, Ha Ling made the first ascent of the most westward peak in the Ehagay Nakoda range south of Canmore. The peak now has a number of classic route routes, read about
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Echo Canyon’s Radical Tall Storey Wall

Echo Canyon has become one of Western Canada’s premiere sport climbing destinations, from cragging to multi-pitch. Tall Storey is a 185-metre 5.11c that was established and climbed in 2009 by Chris Perry and his son, Ian. The route has become one of the most popular
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Mount Logan Success, Storms and Helicopters

In May and June, three highly experienced climbers were attempting to traverse Mount Logan. After reaching the summit they were forced to spend a week above 5,000 metres in snow caves until a helicopter picked them up. Bryce Brown and his two partners flew on May 16 from the
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Watch Climbing Mount Robson’s Kain Face

Mount Robson’s Kain Face is one of the most sought-after moderate alpine faces in Canada. In 2014, Max and Charlie Nuttelman made an ascent of the classic wall, which was first climbed in 1913 by Conrad Kain and his clients, McCarthy and Foster. It’s a 20-pitch alpine
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Check Out the Splitters at Chile’s “Indian Creek”

On an expedition to Rio Loa in 2012, Juan and Diego Señoret showed off a new area of trad climbing with perfect hand, fist and finger cracks about 30 metres tall. It is located in San Pedro de Atacama, near the town of Taira, Chile. “Rio Loa” Rock Climbing.
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Two New Routes on Ha Ling Peak in Rockies

Ha Ling Peak has a number of worthwhile routes ranging from the classic Northeast Face 5.6 to the newer route, A Particular Manner of Expression 5.12. In June, 2015, Jay Mills climbed two new routes. The routes are left of the Northeast Face route and they both share around 140
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Deconstructing Jenga: Hard New Route on Baffin’s Great Cross Pillar

Americans, David Allfrey and Cheyne Lempe, have climbed a new route on Baffin Island at the start of what promises to be a busy summer on Baffin Island. Allfrey and Lempe are two of America’s strongest big wall climbers. During May, the pair climbed a new route on Great
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Evan Hau Sends Another New 5.14 in Rockies

Evan Hau is a Calgary-based climber who is among the top sport climbers in the country. He is spending his summer finding and sending some of the Bow Valley’s last hard projects.  While on his journey to find Canada’s first 5.15a, Hau’s been busy putting down
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First Ascent of an Albertan V10 by Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas is no stranger to hard bouldering problems and he recently opened a new crag in Kananaskis Country with fellow Calgary climbers. Their new crag is dubbed Crows Nest and is located across from Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis Country, AB. Joined by Marc Eveleigh and
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