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Month: January 2013

Cederberg and Rocklands Fire

A wildfire has devastated 500 square-km of land in the Cederberg region in South Africa which includes the Rocklands bouldering area.

Fires raging across South Africa’s Cederberg have caused extensive damage to the region which includes the world-famous Rocklands bouldering area. The fires were caused by lightening last Wednesday and immediately spread due to strong winds, burning all the vegetation throughout the reserve. Most of the fires have now been put out but tragically one volunteer firefighter died in the fire.

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Lachat Makes Third Ascent of Chaxi 9a+

Cedric Lachat has done the third ascent of Chaxi (9a+), a almost 40 meter route bolted by Chris Sharma – and first climbed by Adam Ondra – in Oliana, Spain.

Lachat first tried the route in the beginning of 2012. In an email to Climbing, he said he had worked hard on it for a week, but because the skin on his hands was so torn up, he couldn’t complete the ascent. He went back three months later, but the bad conditions – it was way too hot – kept him from sending. This month, Lachat worked Chaxi for a week straight, and after taking a five-day break, he finally finished the route.

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Selby clinches Masters 2013 Victory

Mark Selby won the Masters title for the third time in six years with a comfortable 10-6 victory over Neil Robertson at Alexandra Palace. The world number one had gone 5-1 ahead with three breaks over 70, but was pegged back by Robertson who reduced the arrears to two frames. Englishman Selby then knocked in 67 in a three-frame run to make it 8-3. But defending champion Robertson reeled off three in a row himself before Selby took the two he needed for victory.

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Climbing at Tuzgle in Argentina

The video of Nina Caprez and her adventure companions discovering the climbing around the volcano Cerro Tuzgle (5406m) in Argentina. Mickaël Fuselier, Nina Caprez, Sébastien Boussogne, Nicolas Badia, Axel Ballay, Julien Nadiras head off to Argentina, the area around the volcano Cerro Tuzgle. Their discovery; great climbing and one of the best bouldering areas in South America, at an altitude of 4200m! The full movie is now online.


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Woods Climbs Witness the Fitness Fb 8c

Daniel Woods has made the third ascent of Witness the Fitness (Fb 8c | V15) in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. Chris Sharma made the first ascent in 2005, calling it one of the hardest routes he’d ever done.

The route goes out a 40-foot horizontal sandstone roof. Numerous holds broke during and immediately following Fred Nicole’s second ascent in 2006, causing many to dismiss it as unclimbable. Woods sized it up with Paul Robinson and Jimmy Webb, and cracked the crux on the first day. On the third day, Woods completed the problem with new beta, calling it a “solid V15.”

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Adam Ondra and his message for 2013

Adam Ondra’s message to all climbers for the upcoming year.

Do you need a world-class crag, outstanding rock, awesome moves… or simply a massive passion to climb everywhere and all the time? Well, in his New Year’s message, Adam Ondra wishes the latter: “No matter where you are, no matter who you are, no matter how great the climbing gyms or the rocks close to home are, what is really important is the will to make the first step, to make a change. Just go out and do it!”

See the video message …

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