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Squamish’s La Coalition 5.11 is Good to Go

Squamish’s Adam Hart established La Coalition a number of years ago and wants people to go climb it. “I established a new six pitch 5.11+ in the South Gully on The Cheif just up from the Opal Wall called La Coalition with Damien Cote in 2008,” said Hart.
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Remote Northwest Adventure Yields New Long Routes

Canadian Max Fisher and American Eric Bonnett have returned from another successful trip to Alaska and Northwestern B.C., where they’ve climbed two new long alpine granite routes. By Max Fisher During a spell of excellent weather from May 18 to May 31, Erik Bonnett and I
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Jamie Finlayson Sends Squaminator V12, Watch Here!

Squaminator V12 is part of the North Wall Boulders in Squamish and it’s one of the more popular problems at the grade in the area. Earlier this year, Luke Zimmerman made an ascent and his beta played a role in Jamie Finlayson’s ascent. “Steep and powerful with
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Gord McArthur Sends Difficult Project At Lakit Lake

Gord McArthur is best known for being a top international competitive mixed climber, but during the summer “off season,” he spends his time sans-tools at his local crag: Lakit Lake. Lakit Lake is one of the many crags around Cranbrook, B.C. where McArthur is based. As
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Watch Finlayson Send the Squaminator Traverse

Jamie Finlayson is one of Canada’s strongest climbers. Watch him on the rarely-climbed Squaminator Traverse V9 that he sent yesterday. “This is one burly traverse,” said Finlayson. “I am going to have to go with V9 for this one. Felt much harder than a V8
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John Lauchlan Award Recipients Climb New Yukon Routes

The 2014 John Lauchlan Award recipients have returned from a successful trip to a remote part of the Yukon. Jay Mills, Eamonn Walsh and Carl Diehl (in place of Steve Holeczi) spent the better part of a month in the rarely-visited Kluane Mountains in the southwest corner of the
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New Delhi Cliff: Two New Squamish Multi-Pitch Routes

Squamish locals have been busy this spring developing some great looking new climbs. The New Delhi Cliff is right of the Top Shelf and left of the Barbarian Wall and has two new multi-pitch 5.11s that were climbed this spring. Approach as Top Shelf for 15 minuntes and then head
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New 5.12 Roof on Squamish’s Fjord Wall

Every year, Squamish gets a handful of quality difficult, steep new routes and Taran Ortlieb has The White Raven 5.12b to this year’s list. Paul McSorley and Ortlieb developed a new crag across the highway and 100 metres north of Murrin Park called the Fjord Guard. Follow
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British Columbia’s Roche Lake Gets Hard New Route

The Roche Lake wall is a great crag near Roche Lake in the Kamloops area and it features the hardest climbs around Kamloops. Roche Lake has dozens of high-quality routes on steep rock. Local Pat Campbell, who spends most of his time bouldering, recently sent one of his roped
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Nathan Hall Climbs His First Squamish V11

Nathan Hall is a Squamish-based climber who recently sent one of the area’s classic hard boulder problems. Originally from Saskatchewan, 29-year-old Hall is an all-round climber with a number of hard boulders and routes under his belt. In 2013, Hall sent Ghost King V11 in
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