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French 10-Year-Old Theo Blass Becomes Youngest To Climb 5.14b

French grom Theo Blass made climbing history just a few days ago when he completed a redpoint ascent of the 5.14b (8c) route Souvenirs du Pic in Saint Guilhem le Desertin, France. To put some context to the numbers for anyone unfamiliar with climbing, 5.14b is hard AF, and Blass is 10 years old, making him the youngest ever climber to send a route that hard. The previous record was held by Ashima Shiraishi, Brooke Raboutou, Adam Ondra and Illya Bakhmet-Smolensky, who made 8c ascents at age 11.

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Blass has only been climbing for three years, according to an interview with Rock and Ice, but has progressed astronomically in recent months. Souvenirs du Pic is a steeply overhung limestone route that follows a series of tufas (large pinch holds) and is considered so difficult due to the large reaches between holds – especially difficult for a 10-year-old. We’re stoked to see what else young Theo has in store.

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TGR’s Caite Zeliff: A Conversation With One of Skiing’s Next Superstars.

Caite chilling on the patio for a little aprés at Jackson Hole. Nic Alegre photo. Caite Zeliff is blowing up!  We're not just talking the bomb-holes at the bottom of a huge, double-stager cliff either. She is truly on her way to being one of the next superstars in skiing. The self-professed goofball has had a dream of becoming a pro skier for a long time but her journey has taken a few big setbacks. Her plan was to become a member of the US Ski Team. Ultimately, after many attempts and

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There's a lot of different ways to celebrate those milestone birthdays and for climber Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, soloing Patagonia's formidable Fitz Roy traverse was the best way he could think of. Several days after turning 40, O'Driscoll completed the traverse, although unlike it's previous ascent by Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, he did it in reverse. While the route itself is only four miles, it gains 13,000 feet of elevation and spans across the six peaks of the Cerro Fitz Roy.

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