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In what has been an already insane climbing season in Yosemite Valley, with Alex Honnold free-soloing El Capitan’s Freerider, and the first naked ascent of The Nose, Sasha DiGiulian and Jon Cardwell made the first free ascent of another iconic route, The Misty Wall.
Originally climbed as a hard aid route in the 1960’s by Royal Robbins and Dick McCracken, the route has seen numerous attempts at free climbing, but had never been climbed clean in a day until now. On May 27, the two completed the 15-pitch route in 14.5 hours, after spending several days working all the pitches.
DiGiulian said the crux included 5.13 roof climbing with offwidths and splitter cracks. After spending much of her career as a competition sport climber, DiGiulian is relatively new to trad and alpine climbing, but has teamed up with climbers to make some impressive ascents in recent seasons. In true fashion, this first free ascent was her first Yosemite big wall climb.
Camp of Champions photo. A staple of the summer ski and snowboard camp scene, Whistler Blackcomb’s Camp of Champions (COC) announced that it will not run its program this season. Citing lack of a solid snowpack on the Hortsman Glacier, COC’s owner and founder Ken Achenbach decided he could not fulfill his promise of providing a world-class terrain park to his campers, and made the call to close the camp. The camp will file for bankruptcy and issue a full refund to all campers who signed up
BEARS EARS, Ut. — According to the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke set a slow-moving legal battle in motion Monday when he recommended that President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah. The news was swiftly met by the threat of lawsuits from Indian American tribes and conservation organizations. In April, Trump ordered a review of 27 National Monuments — all of which were designated by prior sitting presidents.
Last week, Tania and Martina Halik completed a 1429 mile ski traverse through British Columbia's Coast Range. The mother-daughter duo took six months to do the route, which goes from Squamish, BC, to Skagway, Alaska, and includes the largest temperate-latitude icecaps in the world, massive river valleys, and even bigger mountains. And according to their website, the traverse has only been completed one other time. The mother, Tania Halik (60), was born in the Czech Republic in 1956. She