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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Don't miss: the Tommy Caldwell tour

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08/05/2017

Last year, we brought you Alex Honnold. Now we’ve teamed up with Penguin Live to bring you another American rock star. This July, climbing legend Tommy Caldwell is coming to Sheffield and London.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

First-ever El Cap all-free rope-solo in a day by Pete Whittaker

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15/11/2016

Find out what it takes to become the first person to make an all-free (i.e. not using aid techniques) rope solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite in a day. Pete Whittaker tells us how he did it, despite only just learning the necessary techniques, and Andy Kirkpatrick explains why it's so amazing.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Interview: Whittaker and McManus make second ascent of Yosemite's Secret Passage

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16/11/2015

This epic 15-pitch, 5.13c (8a+) route, which graces the front cover of the Supertopo Big Walls guide, has lain unrepeated since Nico Favresse and Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll made the first ascent seven years ago. Impressively, Pete Whittaker and Dan McManus have both just freed every pitch while claiming the second ascent. Pete talks battling a snowstorm, waterfalls, the wet crux hold, surviving 'Guillotine Flake' and offers top tips on how to survive a week on a big wall.
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INTERNATIONAL

Dean Potter 1972-2015

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20/05/2015

One of the world's most notable rock climbers, highliners and BASE jumpers, 43-year old Dean Potter, was killed on Saturday the 16th May when attempting a wingsuit flight from Taft Point on the southern rim of Yosemite Valley.
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INTERNATIONAL

Tributes to a visionary: Dean Potter dies BASE jumping

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18/05/2015

"It breaks my heart to have lost yet another - the Silver Back of the tribe no less - to the beautiful but devastating game of wing suit proximity flying..." – Leo Houlding. The climbing and BASE jumping communities are mourning the loss of their Dark Wizard this week. Dean Potter (43) and his friend Graham Hunt (29) died in a BASE jumping accident, after leaping from a 7,500 ft promontory called Taft Point in Yosemite. Leo Houlding, Hazel Findlay, Tom Randall and others pay tribute.
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INTERNATIONAL

BMC ambassador James McHaffie sends Salathé Wall free

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24/05/2014

Brits James McHaffie and Dan McManus recently returned to the horizontal after spending seven days free climbing the Salathé Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite. Hazel Findlay finds out more.
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INTERNATIONAL

Another free ride up El Cap for Findlay: interview

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06/11/2013

Most climbers will have dreamed of climbing El Capitan, the world’s greatest crag, in California’s Yosemite Valley. Most will tackle the 3,000 feet of perfect granite on aid, bashing their way up it over many days. But then there are the elite few, like Hazel Findlay, climbers so good they can free climb El Cap's punishing routes with up to 30 long desperate pitches. We sent Niall Grimes to find out more.
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YOUTH & EQUITY

Ella Kirkpatrick: on climbing El Cap

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11/02/2013

Ella Kirkpatrick’s story of becoming the youngest girl to climb El Cap was shown on Children's BBC in February. We caught up with her to find out more.
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INTERNATIONAL

Yosemite International Climbing Meet 2010 report

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08/11/2010

The American Alpine Club held their International Climbers’ Meet in the majestic Yosemite National Park from 4th to 10th October 2010. Eszter Horvath and Callum Muskett went as BMC representatives.
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INTERNATIONAL

John Bachar dies soloing

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07/07/2009

The legendary John Bachar, whom many felt was the greatest American rock climber of his generation, has died whilst soloing near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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