Ashima-Shiraishi-9A

13 Year old, Ashima Shiraishi, sent Open Your Mind Direct in Spain, after four days projecting the route. She may be the first female, and the youngest climber ever, to break the 5.15 barrier. [vsw id=”Z1yf51BiRoQ” source=”youtube” width=”550″ height=”400″ autoplay=”no”] IMAGE: youtube

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Nepal-Tribute

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Raphael_Slawinski_Everest(3)

Raphael Slawinski, 48, is one of Canada’s leading alpinists. He was on the north side of Mt. Everest on April 25—attempting a new route on the Northeast Face in alpine style and without bottled oxygen—when the 7.8 magnitude Earthquake rocked Nepal. “The day was chilly, with occasional flurries sifting down from a gray sky. We were lounging …

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Sharma-El-Bon-Combat

As one of the most well-known — and well-respected — athletes in the climbing community, Chris Sharma has nothing left to prove. But as is often the case with individuals dedicated to their truest passion, the hits just keep coming. His latest accomplishment? A spectacular first ascent of El Bon Combat outside Barcelona, Spain. Climbing …

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AngyEiterEraVella1

 Austrian climber Angy Eiter, 29, clipped the anchors of her third 9a (5.14d), Era Vella, in Margalef, Spain on April 12. Eiter made quick work of the route, sending after 10 attempts.   “During my first check out of Era Vella…I could do all the moves including the crux quite fast,” Eiter said. “‘Not that …

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WCR-book-Launch-header

Okay the wait is over . . . it’s here . . . the guidebook you have all been waiting for – second only to Harry Potter on the list of all time best sellers Yes, the new edition of WESTERN CAPE ROCK is OUT!!! 448 pages jam packed with routes, crag topo photos, maps, …

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sa_national_boulder_championship_2015

by Delaney Carpenter For the second time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2015 National Boulder Series Championships. With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness …

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KryptoniteDWoods

The Kryptonite (5.14d) send-train continues up at the Fortress of Solitude in Colorado. Carlo Traversi clipped the chains on March 23, Daniel Woods earlier this month and now Jon Cardwell over the weekend. Kryptonite is an iconic climb—the first of its grade in North America—established by Tommy Caldwell in the winter of 1999. Woods, Traversi and …

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Sonnie Trotter

Sonnie wrote on Facebook, “After tearing a hole in my ring finger, I figured my chances for sending anything difficult would be slim to none this week, luckily it healed quickly and I was able to give the rig two burns yesterday, the second one “a fitness burn” resulted in an actual surprise redpoint. I …

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