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Mt. Ushba: Slovakians score first ski descent in Georgian Caucasus

Last May and June Slovakian alpinists Miroslav Peťo and Maroš Červienka carried out a series of difficult ski descents in the Caucasus massif in Georgia: the SW Ridge of Tetnuldi (4858 m), the SE couloir of Chatyn Tau (4412 m) and, above all, the SE couloir of Ushba North summit (4698 m).

07.11.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

For Hayden Kennedy & Inge Perkins

The video tribute to American alpinists Hayden Kennedy and Inge Perkins.

05.11.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

El Capitan: Big Stone vs Tiny Humans

The timelapse of climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, USA, filmed by di Tristan Greszko.

04.11.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Shivling, the video of Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini climbing Shiva's Ice

The video clip of Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini making the first ascent of Shiva’s Ice, their new route up Shivling (6543 m) in the Indian Himalaya.

03.11.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Video: Patxi Usobiaga the fighter

The second episode of the series 'Strange Heroes' by La Sportiva with Basque rock climber Patxi Usobiaga.

Malte Brun in New Zealand, first ski descent of South Face

Italy’s Enrico Mosetti and Britain’s Ben Briggs and Tom Grant have made the first ski descent of the South Face of Mt. Malte Brun, describing the run as 'probably the most technical ski descent in New Zealand.’

03.11.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Angelika Rainer, Jeff Mercier climb Dolomites dry tooling testpiece

Italian climber Angelika Rainer and French alpinist Jeff Mercier have repeated 'Je Ne Sais Quoi' and 'Line above the Sky' at the crag Tomorrow's World in Dolomites; these dry tooling test pieces was freed in 2016 by Tom Ballard.

02.11.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Shispare NE Face, difficult first ascent in Karakorum by Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima

On 22 August 2017 Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima completed a new route up the NE Face of Shispare (7611m), Karakorum, Pakistan. Climbing alpine style for seven days, the Japanese mountaineers encountered difficulties up to M6 / WI 5.

Curvas Peligrosas, steep skiing in Peru

The trailer for Curvas Peligrosas, the film directed by Yannick Boissenot documenting a month spent in Peru together with Frederic Gentet and Stéphane Roguet where the trio made several steep skiing descents including Artesonraju, Huascaran and Tocllaraju.

31.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Farewell Fred Beckey, American climbing legend

Legendary American climber Fred Beckey has passed away aged 94.

Caroline Face, huge first descent on Mount Aoraki in New Zealand by Briggs, Grant and Mosetti

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".

28.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Mount Edgar summit and new Italian West Face climb in China

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.

27.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Interviews

The Nose Speed, new record set by Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds on El Capitan

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.

26.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Shivling, big new route in Indian Himalaya climbed by Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini

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.

26.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Climbing Video: The World's Best Belayer

Some of the best climbers in the world explain the importance of a good belayer.

24.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Angela Eiter / First woman to climb 9b interview

Interview with Austrian climber Angela Eiter after becoming the first female to climb 9b: La planta de shiva at Villanueva del Rosario in Spain.

24.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Andrea Zanone climbs Coup de Grace, 9a in Switzerland's Val Bavona

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.

23.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Angela Eiter climbs historic first female 9b with La planta de shiva in Spain

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.

23.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

El Capitan rockfall continues / New video from Yosemite

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.

22.10.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Anna Stöhr & Juliane Wurm bouldering in Japan

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.

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