Kilian Fischhuber retires from competitions

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Kilian Fischhuber has announced his retirement from competitive climbing. The Austrian has been competing since 1997 and he’s arguably the best competition boulderer ever. He will continue climbing outside with projects in Iran, South Africa and India.

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Video-gems: Ondra and the hip-breaking mantle

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The World Champion crimps his way up this hard-looking 8B | V13. When it seems like he has it in the bag, things get complicated. Luckily Ondra is not only strong but also flexible, and his hips and knees prove to be up to the challenge.

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Watch Daniel Woods on Lucid Dreaming

At the beginning of the year Daniel Woods managed to do the first (and only) repetition of Lucid Dreaming 8C | V15, one of the hardest problems on the planet. Footage from the ascent has been released as part of the promotion of the film Exposure Vol. II.

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Legends Only Video wrap-up

EpicTV has released some really cool videos about La Sportiva Legends Only 2014. They cover the route setting, the practice of the problems and the competition itself. Here you have them along with the oficial livestream.

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Climbing With The Stars: La Sportiva Legends Only 2014

Tomorrow 6 of the best boulderers on the planet will take part in the most exclusive comp of the year: La Sportiva Legends Only. Adam Ondra, Daniel Woods, Jernej Kruder, Jan Hojer, Jimmy Webb and Alex Megos will face 5 extremely hard problems (~ V12 | 8A+ to ~ V14 | 8B+) in Stockholm’s Klättercentret.

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Alex Johnson: On Comps and The Swarm

Last summer, during the Vail Bouldering World Cup, we got the chance to catch up with American boulderer Alex Johnson. We talked about her views on competitions and her ambitious project: The Swarm.

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Black Lung – Alex Puccio keeps on rolling

Alex Puccio seems to be in the best shape of her life. This year her ticklist gets more impressive by the minute. Just a month ago she sent her second V14 | 8B+. Yesterday, in Joe’s Valley, Utah, she repeated Ben Moon’s Black Lung, her fifth V13 | 8B.

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James Webb repeats Defying Gravity V15 | 8C

About a year after its first ascent by Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb has pulled off the first repetition of Defying Gravity. The problem, graded V15 | 8C, is located in Thunder Ridge, Colorado. ”It is 25 feet tall, 58 degrees overhung, and explosive” said Woods.

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Jakob Schubert’s 2-day rampage in Magic Wood

Austrian climber Jakob Schubert, right after winning the 2014 Overall Lead World Cup title, has paid his first visit to Switzerland’s Magic Wood. Despite having focused on lead all season he has managed to flash another 8B and send, among other things, two 8B+ problems.

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First 8B for Katha Saurwein, first 8C for Martin Stráník

Austrian climber Katha Saurwein has made a successful trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado, USA), managing to climb Nuthin’ but sunshine 8B | V13 and several other hard boulders. Also, in Switzerland, Czech climber Martin Stráník has climbed his first 8C problem.

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