Canmore-based Alex Fricker is one of Alberta’s top young climbers. He sent his first 5.14a on Oct. 30, his birthday.

The route Fricker ticked to enter he 5.14 territory was Geminis in Rodellar, Spain. The steep limestone line was also Canadian Marieta Akalski’s first 5.14a back in 2014.

Fricker has long been one of Team Canmore’s top competitors in a number of comp circuits.

He has won the Youth Bouldering National Championships and competed at the Youth World Championships and Arco Rock Masters this year.

Fricker’s first 5.13d was in 2016 with his climb of Endless Summer at Acephale. He’s also climbed Army Ants 5.13c, Cosmos 5.13c, Surface of the Sun 5.13c and Tale of Two Guys 5.13c.

Watch this short profile on Fricker from 2015.

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