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Saturday, 15 January

8b (+) by Eva López (40)

Eva López has done Picos Pardos, 8b (+) in Oliana. The 40-year-old is #7 in the world ranking game.

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Saturday, 15 January

8B+ FA by James Webb

James Webb has opened Loved by Few Hated by Many Low, 8B+ in Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. The stand start, 8B (A+) was first done by Dave Graham in 2008 (Dosage 5). James is #7 in the world ranking game. "The realization that climbing is such an individual sport. And to just Keep it to your own journey. Thats when its most satisfying." is his answer to the member question, What is a memorable story in your climbing life?

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Saturday, 15 January

8A by Thomasina Pidgeon (35)

Thomasina Pidgeon has done Dark Age, 8A (7C+) in Hueco Tanks. The 35-year-old mother is #2 in the ranking game. Interview

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9a+ FA by Chris Sharma again

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Friday, 14 January

9a+ FA by Chris Sharma again

Daila Ojeda reports that Chris Sharma has done the FA of Catxasa, 9a+ in Santa Linya. The 45 metres route is a new variation start to La Fabela, 9a. In the new topo there are previously nine routes 9a and harder. Chris has now done some 20 routes 9a and harder. He has climbed the most 9a and harder First Ascents in the world. The first one beingRealization in Céüse in 2001. What is also unique with him in our skinny world is that he weighs around 75 kilos. (c) Pete O'Donovan

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Friday, 14 January

Third 7C+ by Isabelle Faus (17)

Isabelle Faus has done her third 7C+ during her three weeks at Hueco Tanks, Flower Power, which originally was considered 8A. "Finally! Took 3 days to figure out my beta.... then a day of falling off the last hold. Took a rest day and then crushed. Last day in hueco. Awesome way to end the trip." The 17-year-old is #6 in the world ranking game.

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12 FA por Chris Sharma, de novo

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Friday, 14 January

12 FA por Chris Sharma, de novo

Daila Ojeda reporta que Chris Sharma realizou a primeira ascensão de Catxasa, 12a em Santa Linya, Espanha. A via, de 45 metros, é uma variante para o início da La Fabela, 11c. Chris mandou, até agora, cerca de 20 vias de 11c ou mais difíceis. Algumas das primeiras ascensões mais difíceis do mundo são dele, inclusive o primeiro 12a confirmado, Realization, em Céüse em 2001. (c) Pete O'Donovan

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Friday, 14 January

8c+ by Enzo Oddo (15)

Enzo Oddo reports with nice pictures that he has done Bumaye, 8c+ in Margalef. The 15-year-old did his first 8c+ at 13; at age 14 did four 9a's in one month; and in 2010 sent Realization/Biographie, 9a+.

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Thursday, 13 January

Improvement of the data base

During the last month we have manually added a country for 130,000 ascents. This means that the Tick List for smaller crags have been significally improved as these ascents are now included in the data base. Some 250 Crags have been added to the data base including Tick Lists. The most important feature of 8a in the long run is to assist climbers to find new crags and to find the best routes and boulders. Please leave a comment for missing crags. Misja Pec has also been renamed to Osp/Misja Pec based on suggestions from Slovenians.

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Thursday, 13 January

New Year restrictions in Albarracín

ESA reports new temporary restrictions in Albarracín from January, 10th to August, 15th. This affects the following sectors: 'Península', 'Psicokiller', 'Acantilados', 'Madriles', the end of 'El Valle de la Madera' and 'El Mirador'. Please, do NOT boulder there and if visiting the rest, follow these basic rules.

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12th Ice Festival Kandersteg

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Thursday, 13 January

12th Ice Festival Kandersteg

Patrik Aufdenblatten and Ines Papert won the 12th Ice Climbing Festival in Kandersteg which is considered as the "the largest event of it’s kind in the Alps". Anthamatten and Favresse brothers entertained with slideshows. Full report (c) Andrea Badrutt

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