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Brette Harrington and Rose Pearson follow their ‘Life Compass‘ to complete a new route in a 21.5-hour push in the Canadian Rockies

Life Compass (IV 5.10a M4+ 80 degrees, TD+, 980m) on Mt. Blane in Alberta, Canada. [Image] Brette Harrington Brette Harrington and Rose Pearson completed a new route on Mt. Blane--Life Compass (IV 5.10a M4+ 80 degrees, TD+, 980m)--in Alberta, Canada, in a 21.5-hour car-to-car push on April 25. A report on Gripped.com hailed the accomplishment as "one of the few climbs of this size and grade ever established in the Canadian Rockies by an al

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Highlights from Climb the Hill 2018

Climber representatives pose in front of the nation‘s capital in Washington, DC, last week during the Access Fund and American Alpine Club‘s third annual Climb the Hill event, which included more than 60 delegates. [Photo] Stephen Gosling On May 9-11, some of the nation‘s most prominent climbers took off their down jackets and donned suits on Capitol Hill to advocate for public lands, outdoor recreation and environmental

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Many flock to Yosemite to say goodbye to Jim ‘the Bird‘ Bridwell

Yosemite Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds speaks at the memorial service for Jim Bridwell on May 19. [Photo] Ed Hartouni On Saturday, May 19, climbers from around the country gathered at the Lower River Amphitheater in Yosemite Valley to share their remembrances of Jim Bridwell. Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds welcomed the crowd, and the audience heard from a list of accomplished climbers who had been mentored by Bridwell. The speak

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After their fatal fall on El Capitan, Tim Klein and Jason Wells are remembered for their kindness and joy

[This article has been updated with a link to the GoFundMe page for the Wells family and the photo credit for the first image has been updated.] Jason Wells, left, and Tim Klein on the Nose of El Capitan, 2017. [Photo] Greg Murphy It is still uncertain what caused Tim Klein, 42, of Leona Valley, California, and Jason Wells, 45, of Boulder, Colorado, to fall to their deaths while climbing fast and light on El Capitan‘s Salathe Wall

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Four other speed records made on El Capitan in May and June while Honnold and Caldwell were lapping the Nose

David Allfrey tops out Zodiac on El Capitan at the end of his solo, record-setting ascent June 2, when he finished the route in 10 hours, 52 minutes, 50 seconds. The previous solo record of 11:18 was set by Nick Fowler in 2002. [Photo] Skiy Detray While many people were watching Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold chase their sub-2-hour record on the Nose of El Capitan, which they accomplished June 6, at least four other speed records were set

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American Alpine Club to host the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup competition in Denver

An image from a 2018 UIAA World Cup ice climbing competition. [Photo] UIAA/Kirov/Lena Tem The American Alpine Club is hosting the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) World Cup ice climbing competition at Colorado‘s Denver Civic Center Park on February 23-24. This will be the first time the competition has come to Denver. The event will be free to the public. The UIAA website reports that "the 2019 calendar

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Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold speed up the Nose in 1:58:07

[This story has been updated with photos from the June 6 ascent.] Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell on top of El Capitan after climbing the Nose in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 7 seconds, on June 6. [Photo] REEL ROCK Film Tour, Sam Crossley After steadily improving their time on each speed ascent over the past several weeks, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have achieved their goal of climbing El Capitan‘s Nose in under two hours--1 hour, 58

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Three Black Canyon routes in 24 hours: raising money for the Climbing Grief Fund

[Madaleine Sorkin and Mary Harlan were obligated to postpone their "24 Hours into the Black" linkup scheduled for today, Memorial Day, because the National Park Service closed South Chasm View Wall after climbers discovered a significant rockfall hazard. The Park is investigating the potential danger and has posted a notice of the climbing closure and a warning to kayakers on the NPS website. Sorkin and Harlan plan to reschedule their objecti

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Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell set a new speed record on the Nose

Update: On June 4, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold broke their previous speed record on the Nose, which they‘d set on May 30. This time they clocked in at 2 hours, 1 minute, 50 seconds, beating their previous time of 2:10:15. Honnold told Men‘s Journal that they got a rope stuck and lost a few minutes on their recent ascent. The pair is expected to try again in the near future with the goal of breaking 2 hours. Tommy Caldwell

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Astorga and Chase complete first female ascent of Denali‘s Slovak Direct

Anne Gilbert Chase, left, and Chantel Astorga on the summit of Denali, June 5, after climbing the Slovak Direct. [Photo] Ian McEleney Chantel Astorga and Anne Gilbert Chase made what is likely the first female ascent, and only the ninth ascent overall, of the Slovak Direct (5.9 X M6 WI6+, 9,000‘) on Denali (20,310‘). They summited June 5 after starting the climb June 2. Chase commented on an Instagram post that the route "to

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