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Outdoor Retailer winter trade show is merging with SIA Snow Show in Denver

Emerald Expositions LLC--the company that owns Outdoor Retailer--announced May 24 that it has acquired the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show and that the winter OR trade show will now be held in conjunction with the SIA show in Denver in January. A press release reads: Under the new ownership of Emerald Expositions, the January SIA Snow Show will merge with Outdoor Retailer to become the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show endorsed

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Legacy Restoration Project begets another high-end route: Yosemite‘s Misty Wall (5.13)

With Yosemite Falls rumbling to his left, Jon Cardwell face climbs into the final 5.12 splitter crack on Pitch 13 of the Misty Wall (5.13, 1,700‘) during a free ascent with Sasha DiGiulian on May 27. Cardwell had previously freed the individual pitches with Marcus Garcia last autumn, but the recent ascent is the first time the route has been free climbed in a continuous push, which took about 14.5 hours. [Photo] Marcus Garcia There a

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Zinke‘s interim report recommends reducing Bears Ears National Monument

Ryan Franz down climbs from the summit of Bridger Jack Butte to access a rappel station in April 2015. The King of Pain pinnacle is in the background. The area is part of the Bears Ears National Monument designated by outgoing President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016. [Photo] Derek Franz Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters in a phone-in press conference today that his interim report on Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) recomm

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Colin Haley solos North Buttress of Begguya (Mt. Hunter) round-trip in 17 hours

Colin Haley completed one of his longstanding projects on May 12 with the first solo ascent of the North Buttress of Alaska‘s 14,573-foot Begguya (Haley prefers to refer to the mountain as Begguya, the Dena‘ina name for Mt. Hunter). In 2012 Haley made it within 100 meters of the summit before deciding that it was dangerous to continue, given his "extreme exhaustion" which made him unsure of his ability to climb unroped safely on t

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Marek Raganowicz solos two new routes on the Ship‘s Prow in Baffin Island

[This story has been updated to clarify the details of Raganowicz‘s original plans.--Ed] Though he intended to do some solo climbing, Marek Raganowicz hadn‘t planned on spending the entire six weeks alone among the polar bears on Baffin Island between mid-March and May, but that‘s what happened after his partner, Marcin Tomaszewski, had some problems with light frostbite on his toes and had to leave a couple weeks after t

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Researchers, activists and climbers respond to Trump‘s withdrawal from Climate Accord

[Photo] Jay Mantri, courtesy of StockSnap On June 1, President Trump announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. A total of 194 countries committed to the 2015 agreement, drafted to "strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change." Each nation pledged to take steps to limit the average global increase in temperature to less than 2C above pre-industrial levels. Scientists widely agree that 2C i

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Katie Bono sets probable women‘s speed record on Denali at 21 hours, 6 minutes

Katie Bono trains at 13,500 feet on Denali, June 1, to prepare for her speed ascent on June 13-14 in which she set a probable female round-trip record of 21 hours, 6 minutes. That time is the third or fourth fastest time overall. [Photo] Savannah Cummins Katie Bono made a round-trip ascent of Denali‘s (20,310‘) West Buttress from base camp in 21 hours, 6 minutes on June 13-14. This is a probable women‘s speed record, as w

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Kilian Jornet completes two fast and light ascents of Everest in one week

Kilian Jornet points to Mt. Everest‘s shrouded summit while acclimatizing for his first speed ascent of the North Col route. [Photo] Sebastien Montaz-Rosset/Kilian Jornet collection Kilian Jornet summited Mt. Everest (8848m) twice in one week via the North Col/Northeast Ridge--on May 21 and 27--in an attempt to set a new round-trip speed record without using fixed ropes or supplemental oxygen. Jornet is a 29-year-old Spanish clim

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Quinn Brett makes probable first female free ascent of Spaceshot (5.13a) in Zion

Max Barlerin and Quinn Brett celebrate on top of the Leaning Wall in Zion after Brett‘s free ascent of Spaceshot (IV 5.13a) on May 2. [Photo] Max Barlerin Quinn Brett made what is likely the first female free ascent of Spaceshot (IV 5.13a, 9 pitches) on the Leaning Wall in Zion National Park, Utah, on May 1-2. She led all the pitches with Max Barlerin in support. Only a handful of men are known to have free climbed the route so fa

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Climber delegation lobbies Congress on behalf of public lands

The delegation of Colorado climbers walks through the rain from the House to the Senate while lobbying Congress in Washington, DC, on May 11 as part of the Climb the Hill event organized by the Access Fund and American Alpine Club. [Photo] Derek Franz On May 11--the day after US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke concluded his Utah visit as part of the review that President Donald Trump ordered for national monuments established since 1996--a d

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Interior Secretary arrives in Utah for tour of national monuments under review

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived in Utah over the weekend and started a tour that will include visits to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments as well as meetings with various stakeholders. President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Interior (DOI) on April 26 to review national monuments that were designated in the last 21 years. Bears Ears includes world-class climbing areas such as Indian Creek, and the o

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The world gasps in the aftermath of Alex Honnold‘s free solo of El Capitan‘s Freerider (5.13a, 3,000‘)

In this photo that was taken through a telescope on the ground, Alex Honnold carefully makes his way across the highly technical, friction-dependent moves (5.11) low on the Freerider route (VI 5.13a, 3,000‘) during his historic ropeless ascent of El Capitan, June 3. [Photo] Tom Evans Alex Honnold swore his friends to secrecy for almost two years while he prepared to carry out the unthinkable: a free ascent of El Capitan without a rop

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