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Top Canadian Sends of 2015

Here is a short list of some of the big sends that made headlines in 2015. Canadians crushed in 2015, from alpine and big-wall climbing to cragging and bouldering they aimed high, and more than once made international headlines for sends in Canada and abroad. We are lucky that
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A Short Film About Squamish Bouldering

Ben Harrington pieced together a short film about some of his “random Squamish footage from the last year,” as he wrote. Squamish from Ben Herrington on Vimeo.
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Watch Ouellet and McCormick Make FA in Bugaboos

In 2012, Jean-Pierre Ouellet and Matt McCormick made the first ascent of The Wandering Direct 5.11R in the Bugaboos. Ouellet is currently climbing ice in the Canadian Rockies, be sure to follow him on Instagram here. By Jean-Pierre Ouellet Matt McCormick and I spent two weeks in
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Canadians Send Hard Routes in Autumn Temps

From coast to coast, Canadians have been busy sending boulders and hard sport routes this month. Climbers have been taking advantage of the fall weather windows to tick their long-standing projects. In the Grand Wall Boulders, Jamie Finlayson, who recently had a baby boy, sent
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Watch Some Squamish Bouldering

Mike Bowsher recently visited the popular West Coast destination of Squamish to work some of the classic boulder problems. For a list of the top 100 bouldering problems in Squamish that is found in Marc Bourdon’s Squamish Bouldering Guidebook, 2nd edition, visit here.
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Watch Recent New Route on Mount Waddington

Paul McSorley, Ines Papert and Mayan Smith-Gobat established the Southwest Buttress on Mount Waddington late this past summer. Their new route tops out on the Northwest Summit and is the most difficult route up the peak. – Be sure to follow Paul McSorley on Instagram
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Watch Will Stanhope Solo in Squamish

Will Stanhope explains the difference between rock climbing and free solo climbing in this short new film. Stanhope talks about how soloing is not about pushing your abilities to the limit, but more climbing within your means to enjoy the freedom on the rock. Stanhope narrates
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Late Season New Route in Bugaboos Looks Splitter

During an ice/mixed climb reconnaissance, climbers find and climb splitter new route in the Bugaboos. Tim McAllister and Pat O’Sullivan were in the Bugaboos on Oct. 1 to scope early fall mixed conditions. They found dry rock and with decent weather climbed a new six-pitch
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Watch Tim Emmett on Division Bell 5.13d at Cheakamus

Tim Emmett tries one of the best sport climbs in Squamish called Division Bell is 5.13d. The difficult climb heads up a 45-degree overhanging wall – a true power endurance test piece that tests strength, stamina and will-power. The classic hard route is on the Big Show at
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Watch Trotter Send the Battle of Evermore

Sonnie Trotter takes us to a secluded crag in Squamish for a look at his route The Battle of Evermore 5.14.  Battle of Evermore (First appeared on fiveten.com) By Sonnie Trotter It’s been a whirlwind for me this year.  My summer was filled with great guiding experiences,
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