Daily Archives: July 9, 2009

Having already achieved podium success at separate World Cup lead and bouldering competitions, Canadian Sean McColl this weekend redefined technical mastery by qualifying in both events during the World Championships in Qinghai, China.

John Bachar was found dead at the base of Dike Wall in Mammoth California. Authorities presume Bachar fell while soloing.

Will Stanhope appears to be riding the sending train. Having recently dispatched the Smith Rock trad testpiece the East Face of Monkey Face 13d, Stanhope has now also bagged the fifth ascent of the difficult Squamish crack climb, Cobra Crack 14b.

Thunder Bay has the largest Finnish community outside Finland. Rick Mercer visited Thunder Bay in February, 2009, eager to explore two of its enduring traditions– hearty food and the “sauna”.

On Feb 9, 2009, Italian Simone Moro and Denis Urubko of Kazakhstan became the first party to reach the summit of Makalu (8462 m) in winter.

The experienced Quebec team of Nicolae Balan and Louis-Phillipe Ménard skied into Quebec’s famous big wall, Cap Trinite, in March.

Warming temps and the Easter long weekend did not stop a deep field of the region’s best from signing up to pull on plastic as the Tour made its way back to Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa for the 2009 MEC Tour de Bloc Eastern Regionals.