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The poster child for a gripping competition, climbers in this year's Sweet Onion Crank traverse the indoor climbing wall at Whitman College leaving telltale signs of their clinging presence with chalk residue on the various holds. Climbers use chalk on their hands to secure a better grip for their competitions.

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Students rock the Sweet Onion Crank

WALLA WALLA -- The roughly 100-foot-long by 32-foot-high indoor pseudo-cliff, which is considered by some to be the best facility of its type in the Pacific Northwest, was crawling with climbers from several regional universities for the first time on Sat

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