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Application period opens for inaugural Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award

Kyle Dempster soloed up to 6000 meters on Vigne peak to "gain a better look around" at the huge peaks surrounding him on the Baltoro Glacier in 2014. He'd traveled there to attempt Gasherbrum IV's Shining Wall with Urban Novak, but they...Show More Summary

Evolution of Dreams - Ski Film

There have been some really good ski films over the past few years. Amature filmmakeing doesn't feel very amaturish anymore. But even so, it's pretty uncommon for us to publish a trailer for a ski film that is incomplete. There just seems to be too much uncertainty. Show More Summary

Good conditions result in new winter ascents of Slesse's Navigator Wall and satellite peaks

The red line shows the route taken by Marc-Andre Leclerc and Tom Livingstone on January 3 for the first winter ascent of the Navigator Wall on Canada's Mt. Slesse. They estimated the difficulties to be M7+ R or "Scottish VIII or IV," according to Livingstone. Show More Summary

The Untold Story of North Cascades National Park

Lauren Danner has been a national park lover for quite sometime. On her website,, her About page reads “A lifetime of national park geekdom...”, if that gives you any idea of where her priorities lie. As a young New Jersey teenager, she visited national parks in the West and fell in love with the vast landscapes. Show More Summary

Climbing and News from Here and Abroad - 1/11/18

Northwest:--The Surrey Now Leader is reporting that, "An avalanche near Fernie, which RCMP say was triggered by a group of backcountry skiers, has claimed the life of a 36-year-old Alberta man. RCMP say Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue recovered the body of of the skier who was caught in an avalanche on Monday, Jan. Show More Summary

Black Diamond ATC Pilot Review

  There have been a variety of assisted braking devices to hit the market in the last couple of years, most with the goal of being a lightweight and simpler alternative to the GriGri. The ATC Pilot is Black Diamond’s offering, and for those who prefer this style of belay device, it may be the […]

American Alpine Club announces 2018 Climbing Awards, Annual Benefit Dinner

The 2018 recipients of the American Alpine Club Climbing Awards. [Image] Courtesy of the American Alpine Club The American Alpine Club has announced the recipients of its 2018 Climbing Awards, given annually to distinguish individuals for their service, leadership and accomplishments. Show More Summary

Tino Villanueva and Alan Rousseau establish The T&A Show on Rungofarka

[The following is a report by Alan Rousseau about an expedition funded in part by a 2017 Mugs Stump Award. The award, a collaborative effort of Alpinist, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., Mountain Gear, Patagonia, Inc., and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., was created in 1993 in memory of Mugs Stump, one of North America's most visionary climbers. Show More Summary

Climbing With Women

“It’s your lead.” She told me this as we arrived at the base of the pitch. She was right. I had talked up this splitter finger crack all morning and passed the heady, adventurous lead to her earlier that day. I had followed this climb the year before, put up by a male friend, and I had to come back for the lead. Show More Summary

Red Rock Rendezvous - March 16-19, 2018!

This year our guides will be running multi-pitch climbing trips throughout the event and beginner to advanced climbing programs on March 16th. They will also be teaching a variety of programs on the March 17th and 18th; and will be running...Show More Summary

The Shadow Campaign: Apex Predators of the Northern Deep

It just feels like a good day to watch a cool video about skiers ripping down crazy steep lines.Here is the film's synopsis:A tranquil day of ice fishing goes suddenly awry when natural selection rears its ferocious head. Something lurks...Show More Summary

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 1/4/18

Northwest:--The Everett Herald is reporting that, "a team tasked with studying recreation fees is recommending that lawmakers decide on a broader source of money for state lands and get rid of user passes, such as the Discover Pass."...Show More Summary

Multiple Burial Avalanche Search

Backcountry Access (or BCA) is a leader in avalanche technology. In the following video, BCA's Bruce Edgerly demonstrates advanced avalanche transceiver search techniques that can be used for multiple avalanche burials.This is a dense video with a lot of information. It is well worth watching several times...--Jason D. Martin

Life Coach - Renan Ozturk and Alex Honnold

In this film produced by the North Face, Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk go to Alaska's Ruth Gorge and make a first ascent. This film isn't just about the first ascent though. Instead, it's about finding your passions and dealing with the loss of previous passion.--Jason D. Martin

Open Your First Climbing Gym With These 7 Weird Business Hacks

The climbing gym business is booming. By 2050, there are projected to be more climbing gyms in America than coal mines, the alleged economic future of this country. Better start getting used to the fact that your daughter might justShow More Summary

Book Review: Last Child in the Woods

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder By Richard LouvAlgonquin Books, 336 PagesHardcover $24.95Everybody has a theory about what’s wrong with the kids these days. Some scream that they play too many video games. Show More Summary

Daily Stoke: China Doll

My friend Heather Weidner rolled up her sleeves and put in the hard work needed to nab an ascent of China Doll in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. This was a route that was first free climbed, in its entirety sans bolts, by Mike Patz, an undercover Colorado crusher turned Harvard-educated doctor. Show More Summary

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 12/28/17

Northwest:--Q13 Fox is reporting that, "work to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem has been stopped by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s office, a national parks official told a Montana newspaper." To read more, click here.Sierra:--The North Face has released an animated film about Alex Honnold free-soloing El Cap. Show More Summary

Avalanche Awareness: Proper Probing Technique

The following video is the second in a three-part series put together by backcountry access.Once again, I'd like to state the importance of having proper avalanche training before traveling into the winter backcountry. And proper training doesn't come from a two-minute video. --Jason D. Martin

First Light - A Holiday Climbing Film

Sooo... This is the funniest Christmas climbing film that we've come across so far. Here's the promo material:"It's visionary. It's truly on the edge of what we could call climbing," says Arc'Teryx athlete Jesse Huey. "You can trainShow More Summary

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