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  • Weekend Whipper: “Falling!” in El Salto, Mexico
    Max St-Jacques got a little bit more air than he bargained for after letting go on El Gallo De Oro (5.13b) in Tecolote Cave, El Salto, Mexico. He told Rock and Ice, "I didn't really want to send the route. At my old gym, I used to not clip the anchors, take a bunch of […]
  • Adam Ondra Falls On a 5.11d – Twice!
    Even Adam Ondra falls. Just like the rest of us. And he's humble about it: "Even 7a can be a reason to fall," he says. After a couple slips at the same spot, he sends on his third go. And then just like that, he's back to his old 5.14-crushing self!   Also Watch   […]
  • Traffic Jams and New Routes on Patagonian Spires
    Granite corner climbed by Matteo Della Bordella, Matteo Bernasconi and Matteo Pasquetto on their new route on Aguja Standhardt. Photo: Matteo Della Bordella / Ragni of Lecco. Patagonian weather is always unpredictable, but this year has been particularly poor for climbable conditions. Bad weather raged from Christmas 2019 for over a month. But finally, at […]
  • “Mission to Mars” Is Tim Emmett and Klem Premrl’s New WI 13 (What?!) at Helmcken Falls
      Sometimes the existing grades are just inadequate. That's what Tim Emmett and Will Gadd concluded back in 2010 when they pioneered Spray On---the first ice climb in the steep cave behind Helmcken Falls---and graded it WI 10, several grades harder than anything that had ever even been proposed. Now, a decade and another half […]

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