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Scorecard Lottery - Free travel to Kalymnos

The North Face have asked us to make a scorecard competition where you can win two airplane tickets and free accommodation to their Festival at Kalymnos 27-30 September. Based on discussions in the forum we will also make it like a lottery where you during July will get one ticket for equalling any personal best you make onsighting, flashing or redpointing a route. The winner will be drawn in the first week of August and we will simply draw a scorecard and if there is a personal best, this person will win. In order to win you also have to have at least 50 ascents recorded and out of which at least 10 during July.

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Arco Rock Legends 2012

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Arco Rock Legends 2012

Planetmountain reports the 2012 nominations for the Arco Rock legends. 8a has been invited along with 20 magazines from 14 countries to vote for the Awards. Who do you think 8a should vote for? La Sportiva Competition Award: Kilian Fischhuber, Anna Stöhr and Jakob Schubert (c) Giulio Malfer The Salewa Rock Award: Sasha DiGiulian, Dave Graham, Adam Ondra, Iker Pou and Daniel Woods

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How to select ascents to report

The base for how we choose which ascents to report is of course based on grades in comparison to age and gender. Today, we normally report 9a's and 8B+ for guys and 8b+ and 8A for female. We also give a higher priority to FA and high quality rated climbs. Lower priority are given to chipped climbs, eliminates, sit starts to routes, boulder traverses especially go and return,

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Mixed dangerous climbing is a joke

In the begining of the sport climbing era, when the first bolts were placed, we also saw many mixed routes, or climbs protected with both bolts and trad gear. Today, the only mixed routes that are put up are routes with both a splitter crack and also rock where you can not place trad gear.

9a+ by Sharafutdinov

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9a+ by Sharafutdinov

Dimitry Sharafutdinov, boulder world champion in 2007 and 20011 has put on his harness and done Ali-Hulk, 9a and some tries and days later he added the extension making it a 9a+. Baurock reports including picture and this quote from Dima, "Not really suitable route for bouldering climbers. As I tried to rest and recover I can't. But 7 days of working out paid back. I am glad that I gained good endurance but maximal power unfortunately will go down. Who knows those understand...". More info to come!

Jack's broken heart, 8A+ and LEG by Shauna Coxsey

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Jack's broken heart, 8A+ and LEG by Shauna Coxsey

Shauna Coxsey who is #2 in the Boulder World Cup will not be able to compete in the final event in Munich or the World Championship due to a broken leg in Magic Wood. Full report on her blog The day before she did Jack's broken heart, 8A+ and Foxy lady, 8A.

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Euro Youth Cup Bouldering in Argentière

93: Kevin Heiniger SUI - Fanny Gibert FRA 95:gregor vezonik SLO - karoline sinnhuber AUT 97: Nicolas Pelorson FRA - Paloma Simon FRA From the complete results we can see that 8a members dominate and that the most superior winner was Fanny Gibert.