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Long Dong New Routes series – Jasmine Beauty 茉莉美女

There are some good new routes in Long Dong that is not in the guidebook!

Jasmine Beauty (茉莉美女), Grand Auditorium, trad 5.8

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Rock Climbing in Polish Tatra Mountains

Despite relatively low altitude (the highest peak, Gerlach, has 2655 m a.s.l.) Tatra Mountains (in Polish Tatry) have alpine character and offer good climbing in beautiful setting.

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R.I.P. Hayden Kennedy(2017.10.07)

In early October of 2017, accomplished alpinist and climber Hayden Kennedy (age 27) and his partner Inge Perkins (23) died in an avalanche in a skiing trip.  According to related report, Hayden chose to take his life after he freed himself from the snow but could not locate his partner during the search for her.

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First Female 9b by Angy Eiter!

Austrian climber Angy Eiter has become the first woman to climb 9b (5.15b). She has trained over two years for the route La Planta de Shiva.  “I knew it was my style and I was inspired by the moves, which I guess was the key to my success.”

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(photo from Angy Eiter’s FB)

Massive rockfall in Yosemite (Sep. 2017)

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On Sep. 27 and 28, 2017, massive rockfall hit the eastern face of El Cap, Yosemite, on “Waterfall Route.”  The size of the initial rock that broke off the wall was estimated to be as large as 40M*20M*3M, followed by even larger-scaled rockfall events the next day in the same place.  It has caused at least one death and two injuries.

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