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Big Bouldering Sends at Niagara Glen and in Squamish

Midori Buechli, the McNamee brothers and more crushers put down hard boulders to start the season

Photo by: William Tam of Midori Buechli

Spring is one of the best times of the year to go bouldering. The bugs aren’t out yet, it’s not too hot and the ground is nice and soft for falls. A few big sends have gone down in Canada over the past week.

In Ontario, Midori Buechli climbed a number of hard classic problems at Niagara Glen south of Toronto. The bouldering destination is the most popular in the province. Buechli made the first female ascent of Necromancer V9, which capped off a string of burly boulders that include Cocina V8 and BFF V10.

In Squamish, brothers Guy and Kindar McNamee climbed The I Low V10 at The Dark Side boulders below the North Walls, Guy with a flash. Look for a feature on the twins from B.C. in the summer issue of Gripped magazine.

Also in Squamish, Ryan Sklenica sent A-Frame V12 and Nalle’s Arete V10. This winter, we touched base with Sklenica about training during lockdown, read the story here. And in the Dark Side boulders, Ivan Lou climbed The Existential Detective V12 and Tippytoe V11. In the Grand Wall boulders, Amanda Barlaug climbed Phantom Power V8.

If you’re new to bouldering and looking for some tips to get started, check out this beginner’s guide to bouldering here. Watch some of the sends below.


Lead photo: William Tam of Midori Buechli