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NEWS: Connor Herson climbs Empath 9a+ on Trad Gear

18-year-old Connor Herson has made a trad ascent of Empath 5.15a/9a+ at Lake Tahoe in the northern Sierra Nevada, USA. Herson had previously redpointed the line as a sport route. The line is among the hardest trad routes in the world and involves powerful compression moves on undercuts and sidepulls.

Mountain Literature Classics: Annapurna by Maurice Herzog

"Himalayan climbing books are a bit like bad video games" says Ronald Turnbull. "Plodding uphill, in a snowstorm, not really knowing where you are; and then pouf! You're...

REVIEW: Scarpa Quantic and Quantix SF - a comparative test

Combining solid mid-range performance with all-day comfort, the Quantic and Quantix SF both represent a bit of a triumph in terms of rock shoe design, says Toby Archer. But...
The Ticklist

Anna Hazelnutt climbs The Walk of Life, a Lexicon repeat, and an on-form Bosi

In this week's episode of The Ticklist, we cover Anna Hazelnutt's swift ascent of James Pearson's The Walk of Life (E9 6c) at Dyer's Lookout in Devon, look at another ascent of Neil Gresham's Lexicon (E11 7a), and report on an on-form Will Bosi.
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COMPETITION: Mountain Equipment Orcus Pack Competition

Lightweight, low bulk, and versatile, the Orcus has become a favourite pack amongst the Mountain Equipment climbing team and staff. It's been used for everything from Grade 6...

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