Briancon, France is currently hosting the third stage of the Lead World Cup 2017. The finals take place this evening at 19:30 and will be transmitted in live streaming.
On Piz Ander in the Gadertal, Dolomites, Simon Gietl and Andrea Oberbacher have first ascended and freed Oblivion (IX, 275m).
Manrico Dell'Agnola introduces in photos and writing the Torre Trieste tower in the Civetta group of the Dolomites and the route first ascended by Riccardo Cassin and Vittorio Ratti up the SE arête. Dating back to 1935, this is considered one of the most classic, beautiful and famous alpine outings in the Dolomites and Alps.
In the Indian Kishtwar Himalaya the Slovenian alpinists Aleš Česen, Marko Prezelj and Urban Novak have climbed two new routes: All or nothing (6250 m) up the West Face of Arjuna (6250 m) and the North Ridge of P6013 (6038 m). Both climbs were carried out alpine style.
From 20 - 30 July 2017 Wrocław (Breslavia) in Poland hosted the 10th World Games. More than 35,800 athletes competed in the 2017 edition dedicated to 36 different sports, including sport climbing with its three disciples Lead, Speed and Boulder.
Belgian climber Siebe Vanhee reports about his repeat of Don Quixote up the Marmolada in the Dolomites together with paraclimber Frederik Leys. First climbed by Heinz Mariacher and Reinhard Schiestl in 1979, the route is considered a classic outing up the South Face.
Enrico Rosso reports about the June 2017 expedition he led to the Cordillera de Quimsa Cruz massif in Bolivia, where the rock climb 'Kamasa' (250m, 6b, A2) was added to the North Face of Gran Muralla (5200m).
British climber Ned Feehally has flashed Trust Issues, an 8B+ boulder problem at Rocklands in South Africa. This is one of the hardest flash ascents to date.
A portrait and two videos of Catherine Destivelle, one the most talented climbers and alpinists of all times.
The Dolomites seen through the eyes of bird: a RedBull video of an eagle flying close to the rock faces in the Italian Dolomites.
The video of the trad climbing festival in the Stolby National Park in Siberia.
Interview with American alpinist Katie Bono who on 13-14 June 2017 ascended and descended the West Buttress route on Denali (McKinley) in just 21 hours and 6 minutes. This is a female speed record and one of the fastest known times to date.
The report by XMountain mountain guide Nicola Tondini about his first ascent of ‘Non abbiate paura di sognare’ up the SW Face of Cima Scotoni in the Italian dolomites. Established with different partners the route tackles difficulties up to X (8b) (obligatory IX-, 7b+) and checks in as one of the most difficult multi-pitch climbs in the Dolomites.
17 years after his ground-breaking ascent, American alpinist Steve House looks back on the extremely fast repeat of the Slovak Direct up the South Face of Denali (Alaska), climbed with Mark Twight and Scott Backes in 60 hours non-stop.
The trailer of American climber Chris Sharma on the extremely high Deep Water Solo climb on the Pont d’Arc arch in Ardèche, France.
The 70 best photos of the European Lead Climbing Championships 2017 at Campitello di Fassa taken by talented climber and photographer Ralf Brunel, the only Ladin athlete to have taken part in a Rock Master competition at Arco, back in 1997, won by François Legrand ahead of Cristian Brenna.
Some of the best, but also most secluded boulder problems at Fontainebleau in France introduced by Italy’s Niccolò Ceria in this report and video after a month bouldering and climbing on his own last spring in the forest on the outskirts of Paris.
Climbing in Sardinia: Richard Felderer introduces Falco, a new multi-pitch sport climb up foPunta Argennas recently established by Czech climbers Jan Kares and Jaro Ovcacek.
The video of French climber Charles Albert repeating the 8C boulder problem Monkey Wedding at Rocklands barefoot. Alexander Megos repeated this 2002 Fred Nicole test piece in just 30 minutes.
On Nösslachwand in the Ötztal, Tyrol, Austria, Hansjörg Auer climbing together with Thomas Scheiber has made the first free ascent of 'June Afternoon', a new multi-pitch sports climb with difficulties up to 8b/+.