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XX Mezzalama behind the scenes...

The 'behind the scenes' insight written by Marco Spataro, one of the many mountain guides and pros involved in safety preparations of the twentieth edition of Mezzalama, the legendary ski mountaineering competition on Monte Rosa, won last Saturday by Michele Boscacci, Matteo Eydallin and Damiano Lenzi and by Emelie Forsberg, Axelle Mollaret and Jennifer Fiechter.

Yuji Hirayama climbing in Yosemite Valley
04.05.2015 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Yuji Hirayama climbing in Yosemite Valley

The video of Yuji Hirayama and his recent trip to Yosemite National Park, USA to climb and go bouldering.

Melloblocco 2015 - day 4, the grand finale and free bouldering spirit
03.05.2015 by Vinicio Stefanello in Climbing

Melloblocco 2015 - day 4, the grand finale and free bouldering spirit

The 12th edition of Melloblocco drew to a close today in Val Masino and Val di Mello, Italy. This is the biggest climbing and bouldering meeting in the world and confirmation came from the 2,500 registered participants representing 25 nations, the 5,000+ climbers and also the unique nature of the event that unites their irrepressible love for climbing with the beauty of these valleys.

Melloblocco - day 3, solar energy climbing
02.05.2015 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Melloblocco - day 3, solar energy climbing

The sun’s energy has heated up the third and penultimate day of Melloblocco that was marked by total climbing. 2400 climbers have registered, a number that confirms that this event in Val Masino is the biggest climbing and bouldering meeting in the world.

Mezzalama 2015 live streaming
02.05.2015 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Mezzalama 2015 live streaming

Live streaming of the XX Mezzalama Trophy, the legendary ski mountaineering competition on the Monte Rosa massif.

Melloblocco 2015 - day two, a somewhat particular feeling
01.05.2015 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Melloblocco 2015 - day two, a somewhat particular feeling

After a great first day at Melloblocco, the 1st of May promises to be marked by passion and the waiting game.

Dani Arnold climbs Matterhorn Schmid route in 1:46
01.05.2015 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Dani Arnold climbs Matterhorn Schmid route in 1:46

On 22/04/2015 Swiss alpinist Dani Arnold climbed the Schmid route on the North Face of the Matterhorn in 1 hour and 46 minutes, 10 minutes faster than previous record holder Ueli Steck in 2009.

Melloblocco 2015: the start of the universal bouldering edition
30.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Events

Melloblocco 2015: the start of the universal bouldering edition

Melloblocco 2015 kicks off this morning with plenty of climbing. From today until Sunday 3 May Italy’s Val Masino and Val di Mello will host the 12th edition of Melloblocco, the biggest climbing and bouldering meeting in the world.

Mezzalama 2015, all is set of Saturday's start

Mezzalama 2015, all is set of Saturday's start

Everything is set for the Mezzalama Trophy 2015 that will take place on Saturday 2 May on the Monte Rosa massif. The decision was confirmed after consulting Luca Mercalli and the Italian Meteorological Society.

Iker Pou frees Big Men 9a+ at Mallorca
29.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Iker Pou frees Big Men 9a+ at Mallorca

Iker Pou, the 38-year-old Basque sports climber, has made the first ascent of Big Men 9a+ at Fraguel on the island of Mallorca, Spain

Ashima Shiraishi climbing Open your Mind at Santa Linya
29.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Ashima Shiraishi climbing Open your Mind at Santa Linya

The video of 13-year-old American Ashima Shiraishi climbing Open your Mind at Sinta Linya, Spain.

Get Vertical, the Salewa contest to win adventures in Australia and the Alps
29.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Events

Get Vertical, the Salewa contest to win adventures in Australia and the Alps

Trekking, via ferrata, rock climbing in the Alps and in Australia: win an unforgettable experience with Get Vertical, the contest promoted by Salewa that runs through until 15 May 2015.

Gran Sasso d'Italia and the Paretone Fourth Pillar. By Ivo Ferrari
29.04.2015 by Ivo Ferrari in Alpinism

Gran Sasso d'Italia and the Paretone Fourth Pillar. By Ivo Ferrari

Ivo Ferrari retraces the history of the Quarto Pilastro del Paretone on Gran Sasso, first climbed in 1959 by Luigi Mario and Emilio Caruso, with an account by Stefano Ardito of the historic first ascent and an account by Fabrizio Antonioli about the first repeat, carried out in 1977 together with Massimo Frezzotti and Paolo Cutolo.

Define Femmine, the Arc'teryx Canadian West Coast Adventure
28.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Define Femmine, the Arc'teryx Canadian West Coast Adventure

The Define Femmine contest promoted by Arc'teryx runs until 8 May 2015: four woman will be invited for a week long West Coast adventure to go climbing, kayaking and bouldering in Canada.

Serac on Monte Zebrù by Riegler brothers
28.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Serac on Monte Zebrù by Riegler brothers

On 21/04/2015 Martin Riegler and his brother Florian Riegler climbed Serac (WI4, 800m), a possible new ice climb up Mount Zebrù, Italian Alps.

Nepal earthquake: how to help the relief efforts
28.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Nepal earthquake: how to help the relief efforts

Following the devastating earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday 25 April we have now published a list of international aid organisations aiding survivors in Nepal.

Melloblocco 2015 - the eve of the twelfth edition
28.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Events

Melloblocco 2015 - the eve of the twelfth edition

It’s time for Melloblocco, time for the most important bouldering meeting in the world. Four days - from 30 April to 3 May 2015 - that for the past 12 years have united thousands of climbers and nature lovers in Italy’s Val di Mello and Val Masino.

Nepal earthquake: Oskar Piazza, Gigliola Mancinelli, Renzo Benedetti and Marco Pojer perish
27.04.2015 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

Nepal earthquake: Oskar Piazza, Gigliola Mancinelli, Renzo Benedetti and Marco Pojer perish

The news was made official a few hours ago: the well-known Italian mountain guide and member of the mountain rescue service Oskar Piazza and Dr. Gigliola Mancinelli perished beneath an avalanche triggered by the earthquake that destroyed the village of Langtang in northern Nepal. The other two expedition members Giovanni Pizzorini and Pino Antonini have survived. Four Italians died as a result of Saturday’s earthquake; the well-known mountaineer Renzo Benedetti and Marco Pojer were buried by an avalanche in the Rolwaling Valley. In the meantime Nepal is enduring days of extreme difficulty.

Nepal earthquake death toll continues to rise, Everest disaster area
27.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Nepal earthquake death toll continues to rise, Everest disaster area

The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday and passes 3200, with more than 6000 people injured. The avalanche that struck Everest base camp is said to have caused at least 18 deaths. Four Italian speleologists are feared missing from the village of Langtang; Giuseppe Pino Antonini, Gigliola Mancinelli, Oskar Piazza and Giovanni Pizzorni.

Earthquake devastates Nepal
25.04.2015 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Earthquake devastates Nepal

Two earthquakes measuring up to 7.9 hit Nepal this morning causing, according to some sources, over 1,000 deaths. Even the highest mountains in the world trembled and an avalanche that swept through Everest Base Camp has caused an unknown number of deaths.

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