Legendary American climber Fred Beckey has passed away aged 94.
On 27 October the Italian mountaineer Enrico Mosetti and the Britons Ben Briggs and Tom Grant made the first ski descent of the Caroline Face, the difficult and dangerous SE Face of Mount Aoraki / Mount Cook (3724m) in New Zealand. The achievement has already been described by the local media as "historic".
An Italian expedition comprised of François Cazzanelli, Francesco Ratti, Emrik Favre, Tomas Franchini, Matteo Faletti and Fabrizio Dellai has successfully climbed Mount Edgar (6618m) in the Sichuan region of China. Climbing in two teams, they repeated the original Korean route and established a new line up the West Face.
Interview with American climber Jim Reynolds who on 21 October 2017 teamed up with Brad Gobright to speed climb The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite in 2:19:44. In doing so they beat the previous speed record set in 2012 by Alex Honnold and Hans Florine by almost four minutes.
Mountaineering news: in October Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini made the first ascent of Shiva's Ice, a beautiful new route up Shivling (6543 m) in the Indian Himalayas.
Some of the best climbers in the world explain the importance of a good belayer.
From 15 - 16 August 2017 the XMountain Mountain Guide Luca Montanari and Arianna Del Sordo made the first ascent of 'From Italy with love', a trad climb up the Crescent Towers in the heart of the Bugaboo Spires, Canada.
Interview with Austrian climber Angela Eiter after becoming the first female to climb 9b: La planta de shiva at Villanueva del Rosario in Spain.
Italian climber Andrea Zanone has redpointed his first 9a sports climb Coup de Grace in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland, first ascended in 2005 by America’s Dave Graham.
Austrian climber Angela Eiter has become the first woman in the world to climb 9b with her repeat of La planta de shiva, the sports climbed freed in 2011 by Adam Ondra nel 2011 at Villanueva del Rosario in Spain.
New rockfall has taken place on the SE Face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley (USA). The video filmed by Maurizio Oviglia from Middle Cathedral Rock.
Austria’s Anna Stöhr and Germany’s Juliane Wurm discover some of the bouldering potential in Japan, featuring Yuji Hirayama, Akiyo Noguchi, Yuka Kobayashi, Sachi Amma and many others.
French alpinists Hélias Millerioux, Frédéric Degoulet and Niçois Benjamin Guigonnet have made an alpine style ascent of a new route up the South Face of Nuptse, Nepal Himalaya
Top American climber Sasha DiGiulian talks to planetmountain.com about the current state of female sport climbing, starting from the latest great ascents carried out Margo Hayes and Anak Verhoeven.
On the NW Face of Ortler (3905m) Daniel Ladurner, Johannes Lemayer and Herbert Plattner have made the first ascent of 'Gnadenlos', a new icefall described as 'WI5 with great risk'.
The Italian Mountain Guides Armin Senoner and Manuel Nocker have made the first ascent of Via Mirko, a new rock climb up Monte Steviola above Vallunga (Puez-Odle group), Dolomites.
On 11 October 2017 strong American climber Quinn Brett fell and seriously injured herself while climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley (USA). Friends have launched a fundraising campaign.
Leo Houlding and Will Stanhope climb the three Howser Towers at the Bugaboos in Canada in 23 hours and 30 minutes. The link-up consisted of 2,000m of climbing up to 5.12+ (7b/7b+). This is the first time the three towers have been enchained in a day.
A few days ago 48-year-old Alfredo Webber climbed his first 9a, Thunder Ribes at Massone, Arco, Italy. Matteo Pavana provides the report.
The penultimate stage of the Lead World Cup 2017 was won yesterday at Xiamen in China by Anak Verhoeven from Belgium and Keiichiro Korenaga from Japan. Slovenia's Janja Garnbret placed third and secured overall victory in the Lead World Cup. The Speed World Cup 2017 was won by Anouck Jaubert from France and and Vladislav Deulin from Russia.