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8b+ again by Stefano Carnati (14)

Stefano Carnati has done his second 8b+, Firebanks 142 in Gajum. Last year he was #15 in the Youth World Championship.

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Interview with Anak Verhoeven (updated)

Interview with Anak Verhoeven (updated)

Anak Verhoeven is historically speaking one of the best female Lead competition climbers. She made finals in the WC 36 times in a row. In total, she made the po…

The Polish Youth National rock climbing team

The Polish Youth National rock climbing team

Mateusz Haladaj has just been on a trip to Osp/Misja Pec with the Polish Youth National rock climbing team. We asked him if he could tell us how this team is se…

Bike to 8a

“Bike to Eight” is the name of the project created by Grenoble climbers Romain Noulette and Tanguy Topin joined by videographer Thibault Cattelain. Their project? Climb at the crags around Grenoble to tick off mythical routes in 8a grade by reaching the sectors by bike. As the first episode of their…

Complete closure of the ‘Badener Wand' (Battert) in Germany - sign petition!

Complete closure of the ‘Badener Wand' (Battert) in Germany - sign petition!

On the 9th of November 2022 the regional council in Karlsruhe, Germany announced that the crag ‘Badener Wand’ at the ‘Battertfels’ close to Baden-Baden will be …

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Two 8b's by Karin Magog (39)

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Two 8b's by Karin Magog (39)

Karin Magog who did her first 8a in 1998 shows peak performance redpointing two 8b's and onsighting two 8a's in Chulilla. The 39 year old started to climb in 1990 and she has onsighted/flashed 100+ E5's all over UK. More pics at her blog (c) Steve Crowe who just onsighted two 8a's being 55 years old.

4th 8b+ by Drew Ruana (13)

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4th 8b+ by Drew Ruana (13)

Drew Ruana has done his fourth and also his hardest 8b+, Scarface in Smith Rocks which took him 15 tries over three months. Father Ruana is a passionat climber who has taken his kids to the crags since they were some months so Drew has been climbing forever. The 142 cm tall 13 year old had to work out some crazy beta for the route which is known for big pulls on decent pockets. Check out the nice video.

The Realist 8B+ and more for Chris Schulte

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The Realist 8B+ and more for Chris Schulte

Chris Schulte has made a repeat of Nalle Hukkataival's The Realist in Fontainebleau. On the same day he climbed the nearby Elephunk (8B). Earlier in this two months trip to France and Switzerland he climbed the second ascent of Partage Assis (8B) in Font and in Cresciano The Dagger 8B (+) and his first 8A+ flash, Conquistadors. Photo: Schulte on The Realist

Mirko Caballero (12) strikes big again

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Mirko Caballero (12) strikes big again

Mirko Caballero has had another productive trip to Hueco Tanks where his hardest send was done in 15 minutes, Tequila Sunrise, 8A (+). "Fun climb! Big dyno for the Hueco. Happy to have sent this on my last day in Hueco. Looks like I'm somewhat recovered from my finger injury." He has also recorded two 8A's second go, an onsight of Stubby of the Bush Veldt 7C+ and a flash of the high feet traverse Eckstein, 7C+. "Won't be able to do that in 5 years... :)". The 12 year old is #3 in the junior ranking game. (c) Hannah Michelle