In Valle Trona (Val Gerola, Orobie Alps) Cristian Candiotto and Benigno Balatti made the first ascent of Holly, a new climb up Mt. Stanislao. Candiotto provides the report.
Valentino Cividini reports about the first ascent of a new route up the north face of Monte Vigna Vaga (2332m), Bergamasque Alps, established on 16 December 2017 with Pietro Pellegrini and Giambattista Cattaneo.
The video of Adam Ondra attempting Rainman, the most difficult sport climb in great Britain freed at Malham Cove by Steve McClure and graded 9b.
On Tuesday 26 December the Ice Tower at Rabenstein / Corvara in the Dolomites will open to the public. The structure will host a stage of the 2018 Ice Climbing World Cup on 26 and 27 January 2018.
At the bouldering area Buttermilks in Bishop, USA, Germany’sFabian Buhl has climbed three difficult highball boulder problems: Ambrosia, Too big to flail and Old Greg.
The short film Annapurna III Unclimbed that documents the 2016 attempt by Austrian alpinists David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Alex Blümel to ascend the virgin SE Ridge of Annapurna III (7555m) in the Himalaya.
The video the first ascent of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ up the NW Face of Cerro Kishtwar (6155 m), established in October 2017 by Thomas Huber, Stephan Siegrist and Julian Zanker.
In order to celebrate 50 years of rock climbing at Finale Ligure in NW Italy, Michele Fanni and Gabriele Canu have started a project to retrace Finale's explorative phase that took place between 1968 and 1975. After following in the footsteps of the early pioneers up 13 major cliffs, a film and a book will be made to capture this alpine heritage and, in order to do so, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched.
Climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cumins, Alex Honnold, Anna Pfaff, Cedar Wright and Pablo Durana have concluded their expedition to Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. The American alpinists succeed in climbing numerous routes, including the first ascent of a big wall established up Ulvetanna by Chin and Anker.
Female sport climbing: the Laura Rogora and Anak Verhoeven have made the first ascent of two difficult sport climbs: It segid narg 8c+ at Grotta dell'Arenauta at Sperlonga by the young Italian and Ciudad de Dios pa la Enmienda at Santa Linya by the Belgian.
The first stage of the Ski mountaineering World Cup was held last weekend in China. Nicolò Canclini from Italy and Laetitia Roux from France won the Sprint discipline, while Anton Palzer from Germany and Axelle Mollaret from France won the Vertical Race.
Ice climbing in the Dolomites: an unknown ice climb, highly recommended by Simon Gietl and Andrea Oberbacher, up Torre Vitty in the Sella massif.
The video of Alessandro Zeni attempting Bimbaluna at Saint Loup in Switzerland in heavy snowfall.
The video of Keita Kurakami making the ground-up first ascent of Neutralism, a huge highball boulder problem in Japan.
After the initial fragmentary news, François Cazzanelli now reports about the expedition to Mount Edgar (6618 m) in the Nanmengou Valley in Sichuan, China which included Francesco Ratti, Emrik Favre, Tomas Franchini, Matteo Faletti and Fabrizio Dellai. The Italian alpinists succeeded in establishing numerous routes including the first ascent of the West Face of Mount Edgar (Franchini, solo), the first ascent of the NW Face and a repeat of the original route first ascended in 2003 by a Korean expedition.
Winter mountaineering in Scotland: on the Church Door Buttress at Bidean nam Bian close to Glen Coe the expert British mountaineers Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson have made the first ascent of Lost Arrow Winter Variation, describing the demanding line as 'one of the most sustained routes' they have ever climbed in the country.
An all-star expedition comprised of American alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cumins, Alex Honnold, Anna Pfaff, Cedar Wright and the cameraman Pablo Durana is currently in Queen Maud Land in Antarctica where various members have managed to establish a flurry of new rock climbs.
The first stage of the Ski mountaineering World Cup 2018 will take place at Wanlong in China this weekend.
Adventure and alpinism in the Antarctic: Spectre climbed by Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon
Alpinism and exploration in Antarctica: Leo Houlding, Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon have climbed the 1263 m high Spectre peak on the continent’s Gothic Mountains.
Jacopo Larcher and Barbara Zangerl have made the first free repeat of Magic Mushroom, the difficult big wall climb freed by Tommy Caldwell on El Capitan in Yosemite.