For those looking for a fix, this video by Daveid Lopez features the route Derecho de Admisión (8C). Most of the talking is in Spanish but the climbing footage is extraordinary!
We are pleased to announce that both Read Macadam and Tim Emmett sent The Path (5.14R) in Lake Louise yesterday. The pair had been trying the rig over the past few months are were getting very close last week. Read Macadam, who lives in Oman, is in the Canmore area over the summer, filming and climbing while Tim Emmett has been travelling from Swift Current to try the rig while waiting out the final touches on his home in Squamish. Congratulations fellas!
I couldn't ask for a better birthday present. Team send of the Path 5.14R. My first trad lead above 12a and matching my sport PB . Quote of the day just before I set off. "All those doubts take away from your ability to send," he said. "Not quite," I said, "all those doubts simply offer opportunity to be proved wrong." Perspectives! Couldn't be more psyched and grateful for this journey. Massive 👊🏼👊🏼 @timemmett. #gohugarock #teamsend #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing #iloooveit #petzlgram #lasportivagram #adventure #explore #travelalberta #teamelevate @trakspro @petzl_official @wildwoodme @lasportivagram @exploreclimbing
We don’t understand why Jared Leto (of Suicide Squad fame, not to mention Dallas Buyers Club!) is climbing in Yosemite, but here it is!
Jesse Huey on Daily Planet (5.12a).
Sick drone footage of Jonathan Siegrist on Queen Bee (5.13c) in Paradise Valley, Squamish, BC
Nice little video of Nic Vissers on Split Beaver (5.10).
As Scarpa continues to make a strong push in the North American market, they also continue to impress us with beautifully crafted shoes for climbers who love to get technical with their tools. The Scarpa Furia is a technical climbing shoe designed to maximize feel from plastic to rock. It features a sensitive 3mm rubber with no midsole and an aggressive downturned shape designed for overhanging terrain. We had an opportunity to review the shoe over the last four months and here is what we had to say.
With the influx of professional climbers due to the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy, it is always fun to report what they have been up to during their stay despite some funny weather. In this fashion, Jonathan Siegrist has been cruising around town and made it to Paradise Valley when her on-sighted Queen Bee (5.13c), essentially flashed (after already climbing the first crux via Queen Bee) The B-side (5.13d), and made an ascent of Tom Wright’s Spirit of the West (5.14a) on his third try. Not sure how long he is sticking around but perhaps we could see him jump on Dreamcatcher before the end of his trip?
We are very pleased to announce that Kaleb Thomas sent Equinox (v11) at the Duncan boulders yesterday. Kaleb had been working on the line on and off for the past four years. Kaleb recently took a job a The Boulderz Climbing Gym after working at Climb Base 5 for the last year. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Sean McColl who took first place at the IFSC World Cup LEAD in Villars.
Be sure to tune in and cheer on Sean McColl as he tries to make finals @ 1am Pacific!
Part 3 of Chris Sharma and Klemen Becan in Mont-Rebei.
Peter Croft has long been a legend in the climbing world. Originally born on Vancouver Island and then first learning how to climb in Squamish, Peter cut his teeth in Squamish during a time that was a pure adventure, free from any influence of previous generations. With his first ascents of University Wall (along with Greg Foweraker and Hamish Fraser) and The Shadow, Peter soon became a part of the climbing fabric that made Squamish history. In this interview, we dive into Peter’s origins in Squamish and what life was like in those days as well as his transition to Yosemite and how Squamish prepared him in his future pursuits. Here is what he had to say.
Cheer on Sean McColl as he battles for the podium in the first lead event of the 2016 IFSC World Cup circuit in Chamonix, France. Live feed starts @ 1pm Pacific.
We are pleased to release the topo for a new cliff in Murrin Park called Rainbows and Unicorns.Thanks to the hard work of Chris Small, this new trad wall is ready to go, deep in the hear of Murrin Park.
Rainbows and Unicorns is a new cliff accessible from Murrin Park, approximately 20 – 25 min hike from the parking lot and 10 minutes past Pet Wall. This west –facing cliff gets filtered afternoon sun and is a great place to climb on hot summer days. The cliff is mostly vertical to slightly overhanging, with extremely well featured rock more conducive to face climbing versus crack climbing. A rack with double cams in from 0.3” to 1“ range, single cams to 3”, and a single set of nuts with additional small wires will suffice on most routes. A 4” cam is required on one route. The gear placements are good but not as obvious as the standard Squamish splitter crack.
As climbers across the Sea to Sky corridor prepare for the 2016 Arc’teryx Climbing Academy this coming weekend, we thought it would be best to check in with Vikki Weldon as she travels back to Squamish after attending the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix, France. As a Squamish-local and ambassador for Arc’teryx, Vikki knows a thing or two about climbing. With a strong foundation in sport climbing, Vikki has recently turned her attention to the world of traditional climbing and is soon to become one of Canada’s most well-rounded climbers. Here is what she had to say about her experience in Chamonix and getting ready for the festival weekend here in Squamish, BC.
We are very pleased to announce that Luke Zimmerman sent ‘Down System (5.14a)’ yesterday in Cheakamus Canyon north of Squamish. Over the past two years, Luke has primarily focused on bouldering but switched to routes early this season to tackle one of the link ups on the Big Show. After a finger injury, Luke switched his focus to Down System (5.14a) where he found early success linking the opening boulder problem. After two falls at the top crux of ‘Heffer Down’, Luke finally linked the whole route together yesterday! Congratulations Luke!