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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: Climbing Sea of Vapors WI6

Sea of Vapors is one of the world’s most notorious grade six ice climbs. Found high on Mount Rundle’s Trophy Wall, the route forms regularly and has become a must-climb classic. On Jan. 23, Tyler Davidson and Jean Peloquin climbed Sea of Vapors. The route had a number
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New Rockies Ice Climb in Kananaskis Country

The Canadian Rockies have had a mild winter with little snow. This has opened the doors to ice climbs, otherwise too dangerous to access because of avalanches, to be climbed. A few of the keenest new-routers have been Steven Kovalenko, Maurice Perrault and Josh Boisse. In early
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Slipstream 2015 Gallery

Slipstream is one of the world’s most famous ice climbs. At nearly 1,000 metres from glacier to summit, the modest WI4+ grade is trumped by the commitment, and objective hazards. First climbed in 1979 by Jim Elzinga and the late John Lauchlan, it is known by many as the
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Rarely Formed Rockies Route is Big and Classic

In the northern reaches of the Canadian Rockies is a big ice climb, which has only formed a few times since the first ascent in the late 1990s. Conrad’s Coloumn is a nearly 500-metre ice climb near Mount Robson. Its tiered pitches offer mostly steep climbing with reportedly
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New Rockies Ice Climb: Lake O’Hara’s Happy and Ugly World

The Lake O’Hara mountains have a number of summer alpine routes and winter ski descents. A handful of waterfall ice climbs have been done, but because of bad avalanche conditions, few ascents go done every winter. Report by Maarten van Haeren After an excellent hint from
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Video: Nemisis Ice Climb

Follow along with Tyler Davidson as he climbs an original Rockies test-piece. 
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Climbing in the Cirque of the Unclimbables

The Cirque of the Unclimbables are in the Northwest Territories and to many climbers are never more than a dream destination. Epic TV brings us a three-part series from a trip to the remote alpine granite towers. In the first episode of the Unclimbables we meet the team of
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Big New Ice Routes in Waiparous Valley

Few climbers visit Alberta’s Waiparous Valley for climbing, in summer or winter, but as Antonio Nicola and Maurice “Maury” Perreault found out, it’s worth the effort. The three new Waiparous climbs are in the first drainage north of Kemosabe and Ice Funnel. Antonio
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Bold New Rockies Mixed Route

From the team who brought winter climbers the route Man Yoga, comes their latest addition to bold winter mixed climbing: Kahveology. Jon Walsh and Jonny Simms are no strangers to pushing it on frozen walls. Their most recent outing found them climbing the new Kahveology (the
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