From 24 - 25 August 2016 the alpinists Tom Ballard and Marcin Tomaszewski made the first ascent of ‘Dirty Harry’ (VII, 1375m), a huge new rock climb up the NW Face of Civetta, Dolomites.
Interview with Alexander Megos who recently made the fourth ascent of Dreamcatcher at Squamish in Canada, the famous 9a sport climb freed by Chris Sharma in 2005.
The videos of the eleventh edition of Arco Rock Legends that took place on Friday 26/08/2016. The climbers for the Wild Country Rock Award are Daniel Andrada (winner), Jakob Schubert and Laura Rogora while the climbers in the La Sportiva Competition Award are Mina Markovič (winner), Janja Garnbret and Adam Ondra.
American rock climber Sasha Di Giulian and Felipe Camargo from Brazil have made the first free ascent of 'Planeta dos Macacos' (8a+, 650m) up one of the main peaks in the Pedra Riscada massif in Brazil. The big wall climb is believed to currently be the only route up the peak.
The 'Crags for each season' project in collaboration with Vertical-Life.info continues with Stube, the new crag in Itay's Höhlensteintal / Val di Landro (Dolomites)
Adam Ondra (Cze) and Janja Garnbret (Slo) win the 30th Rock Master Trophy at Arco via the Duel competition formula. Austria's Jakob Schubert and Max Rudigier place second and third respectively, while in the women's event Katharina Posch (Aut) placed second, ahead of Anak Verhoeven (Bel), third.
On Sunday 28 August 2016 Adam Ondra won the KO Boulder Contest of the 30th Rock Master, beating in a thrilling final Germany's Jan Hojer (silver) and France's Jeremy Bonder. Victory in the women's event went to Katharina Saurwein from Austria who beat Italy's Giorgia Tesio and Serbia's Stasa Gejo, second and third respectively.
On Sunday 28 August 2016 the Italian TV channel RAI Sport 1 will broadcast live from 13,30 to 15,55 the Duel competition to assign the 30th Rock Master and provide recaps about the Lead World Cup and Speed World Cup that took place in Arco yesterday.
Rock Master Festival 2016. At Arco Romain Desgranges (Fra) and Anak Verhoeven (Bel) win the 5th stage of Lead World Cup 2016. Jakob Schubert (Aut) and Jain Kim (Kor) place second, Dmitrii Fakiryanov (Rus) and Janja Garnbret (Slo) place third. Francesco Vettorata, the only Italian in the Final, finishes seventh.
Rock Master Festival, 27/08/2016. A beautiful and difficult Semifinal of the 5th stage of the Lead World Cup has just come to an end. Anak Verhoeven (Bel) and Romain Desgranges (Fra) produce the only two tops, and are followed by Ramón Julian Puigblanque (Esp), Jakob Schubert (Aut), Domen Skofic (Slo), Dmitrii Fakiryanov (Rus), Francesco Vettorata (Ita), Adam Ondra (Cze), Sebastian Halenke (Ger) and Anne-Sophie Koller (Sui), Mina Markovic (Slo), Janja Garnbret (Slo), Julia Chanourdie (Fra), Yuka Kobayashi (Jpn), Mathilde Becerra (Fra) e Jain Kim (Kor). Live streaming of the finals from the Climbing Stadium at 20:00.
On Friday 26/08/2016 the 11th Arco Rock Legends celebration took place in Arco, Italy during the 30th Rock Master. Daniel Andrada won the Wild Country Rock Award, while the La Sportiva Competition Award went to Mina Markovič. The other nominees were Jakob Schubert, Laura Rogora, Janja Garnbret and Adam Ondra. IFSC president Marco Maria Scolaris received the The Climbing Ambassador by Dryarn® di Aquafil 2016 on behalf of the International Federation of Sport Climbing.
The report of the first day of the fifth stage of the Lead World Cp 2016, currently taking place at Arco during the 30th Rock Master competition.
Peter Manhartsberger reports about the first ascent, carried out together with Klaus Gössinger, of Bramosa Scura (6c+, 145m), a new multi-pitch rock climb up the North Face of Cima Vallon, Sella, Dolomites.
The video of America climber Chris Sharma attempting his Le Blond Project at Oliana, named after Patrick Edlinger.
While recovering from a finger injury, former Lead World Champion Angela Eiter has sent some hard boulder problems at the Silvretta bouldering area in Austria.
Within the context of the Rock Master Festival 2016, the Lead World Cup and the Speed World Cup now return to Italy. 199 athletes from 28 different nations will compete on Friday 26 and on Saturday 27 August at the Arco Climbing Stadium (Garda Trentino). Sunday’s competitions continue with the KO Boulder Contest and the 30th Rock Master Trophy. To cap it all, the Arco Rock Legends sport climbing Oscars are scheduled for Friday night.
Austrian alpinists Hansjörg Auer and Alex Blümel have established 'The loss of the Demantoid', a new multi-pitch rock climb up the Kristallwand face on Kirchkogel (3280m) in Austria. The route was established in memory of their friend Gerhard Fiegl.
Spanish sports climber Edu Marin has carried out the first repeat of Wogü, the 8c multi-pitch sports climb established by Beat Kammerlander and freed by Adam Ondra in the Rätikon massif, Switzerland.
On 16/08/2016 Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck raced up the Innominata Ridge (1000m, D+, V+, 60º) to the summit of Mont Blanc. Not to set a speed record, but to enjoy 'a great day out in the mountains.'
The video of mountain guide Roman Valentini documenting the enormous rockfall that took place last week on Kleine Gaisl (Piccola Croda Rossa), in the Braies group of the Italian Dolomites