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23.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Jacopo Larcher climbs La Rambla at Siurana / Interview

Interview with Italian climber Jacopo Larcher after his repeat of the legendary sport climb La Rambla 9a+ at Siurana in Spain.

23.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Mélissa Le Nevé becomes first woman to boulder 8B+ at Fontainebleau

With her recent ascent of Mécanique élémentaire, French climber Mélissa Le Nevé has become the first woman to climb an 8B+ boulder problem at Fontainebleau in France.

22.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Heinz Zak & Separate Reality - the film of his Yosemite free solo

12 years ago Austrian climber and photographer Heinz Zak made the second free solo of Separate Reality, one of the most famous rock climbs in Yosemite Valley, USA. The film of this audacious ascent, which followed that of Wolfgang Güllich in 1986, is called 'Träume sterben nie', Dreams never die.

22.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Via MammaSandra, new rock climb in Val Zemola, Dolomites

On Monte Porgeit in Val Zemola (Dolomites) Daniele Geremia, Nicolò Cadorin and Maurizio Fontana have made the first ascent of Via MammaSandra (7b+, 7a+ obligatory, 250m), a new multi-pitch sport climb.

21.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Patagonia: Paolo Marazzi & Luca Schiera climb new route up Cerro Mariposa

On 15 and 16 March 2017 the two Italian Ragni di Lecco alpinists Luca Schiera and Paolo Marazzi established a new route up Cerro Mariposa in Patagonia.

21.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Stefano Ghisolfi sends Siurana’s La Rambla 4th go

Italian climber Stefano Ghisolfi has repeated La Rambla, the famous 9a+ sport climb at Siurana in Spain, on his fourth attempt.

20.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Tre Cime di Lavaredo winter enchainment by Simon Gietl and Michi Wohlleben

Winter mountaineering: on 17/03/2017 the alpinists Simon Gietl and Michi Wohlleben completed the traverse of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo - Drei Zinnen - in the Dolomites, climbing Cima Ovest, Cima Grande, Cima Piccola, Punta di Frida and Cima Piccolissima in 9 hours 15 minutes. This is certainly the first time the enchainment is carried out in winter.

19.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Cerro Torre - David Lama, Peter Ortner in A Snowball's Chance in Hell

The entire film A Snowball's Chance in Hell, featuring Austrian alpinists David Lama and Peter Ortner making the first free ascent of the Compressor route on Cerro Torre, Patagonia, carried out in January 2012.

18.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Extreme buildering at Montreal in Canada

The short clip of some crazy bouldering at Montreal in Canada.

17.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Stefano Ghisolfi & Laura Rogora add difficult new climbs to Arco and Collepardo

At Italy's Padaro crag close to Arco Stefano Ghisolfi has freed Omen Nomen, an 8c+ sports climb, while Laura Rogora has made the first ascent of Ercole 8c/+ at Collepardo.

16.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Fabian Buhl rope-solo 8c first ascent / Ganesha at Loferer Alm in Austria

In summer 2016 German rock climber made the first free ascent of Ganesha, a seven-pitch 8c he had established alone up the Sonnwendwand at Loferer Alm in Austria.

15.03.2017 by Nicholas Hobley in Climbing

Royal Robbins, goodbye to America's legendary climber

On 14 March 2017 American rock climbing pioneer Royal Robbins passed away. Aged 82, Robbins was one of the best American climbers during the ’60’s and ’70’s, the period known in "Golden Age"" of Yosemite Valley climbing. Robbins was a pioneer and advocate of clean climbing, i.e. without pegs and expansion bolts, and one of the most vocal proponents of the need to protect the rock and environment.

14.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Vanessa François and her climb up Grand Capucin

The video ‘Ensemble au Grand Cap' of disabled alpinist Vanessa François and her ascent of Grand Capucin (Mont Blanc) up the route 'L’écho des alpages'.

13.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Pierra Menta 2017: Eydallin - Lenzi and Roux - Forsberg victorious

The 32nd Pierra Menta took place at Arêches-Beaufort (France) from 8 - 11 March 2017. The classic ski mountaineering competition was won by the Italians Matteo Eydallin & Damiano Lenzi. The women's event was won by the French - Swedish team Laetitia Roux & Emelie Forsberg

13.03.2017 by Maurizio Oviglia in Climbing

Pedra Longa in Sardinia / The Spigolo dell'Ospitalità rock climb

The multi-pitch rock climb Spigolo dell’Ospitalità was first ascended in 1982 by Umberto Marampon up the beautiful Pedra Longa tower in Sardinia. Maurizio Oviglia and Fabio Erriu recently made a rare, possibly even first, repeat of this climb above the coast of Baunei.

11.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Cerro Torre Ragni route: Daniel Joll & Kim Ladiges make first 2017 ascent

The video the documents the first ascent in the 2016/2017 season on the Ragni route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia, carried out by New Zealand’s Daniel Joll and Kim Ladiges.

10.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Torres del Paine, interview with Nicolas Favresse after the first free ascent of El Regalo de Mwono in Patagonia

Interview with Nicolas Favresse after the first free ascent, carried out with fellow-Belgians Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll and Siebe Vanhee, of the big wall rock climb El Regalo de Mwono (1200m, 8a) located on the East Face of the Central Tower of Paine, Patagonia.

09.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Video: Margo Hayes climbing La Rambla 9a+ at Siurana

The first video of America’s Margo Hayes climbing La Rambla a Siurana in Spain, thanks to which she became the first woman to climb 9a+.

09.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Environment

Malta Azure window collapses after storm

On the island of Gozo, just north of Malta, the famous Azure window landmark arch collapsed in a storm.

09.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Jernej Kruder climbs 9a sport and 8C boulder in just two days

In a mere two days Slovenian rock climber Jernej Kruder redpointed a 9a sport climb and an 8C boulder problem, namely 'Bi herri, borokka bat' and 'Catalan witness the fitness' at Cova del ocell in Spain.

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