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Gripped Week in Review: Alpine, Squamish and Faroe Islands

This is a weekly summary of top climbing stories from March 16 to 23.

1. Tom Higgins

California climbing legend from the 1970s Tom Higgins has passed away.

2. The Sphinx Face

Noboru Kikuchi, Toshiyuki Yamada and Eijiro Matsumoto make rare ascent of The Sphinx Face on Mount Temple and find an epic bivy cave.

3. New Squamish 5.13R

Stu Smith climbed a new 5.13R in Squamish. It has a sideways and downward dyno. Go watch!

4. Faroe Islands New Routes

Watch wild new routing on Faroe Islands by a strong team.


5. Team Canada

The 2018/19 Bouldering Team Canada is announced.

6. Dave MacLeod’s Big Day

U.K. climber Dave MacLeod climbed an 8a, E8, 8A, VIII and eight peaks in less than 20 hours.

7. New B.C. Alpine

West Coast team makes the first ascent of a six-pitch alpine climb on Vancouver Island called Threading the Needle.

8. Helmet Reminder

A hold breaks on popular Squamish route, reminding even sport climbing to wear a helmet.

9. V15 Sends

A list of hard bouldering sends from around the globe this week.

10. Alberta Lead Comp

Results from the second Lead comp in Alberta, held at Elevation Place.

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