Yesterday, December 4, 2015, Armin Holzer died in paragliding accident on Monte Piana (2324m, Sesto Dolomites). The South Tyrolean was a champion slackline and highline athlete.
On 25 October Hansjörg Auer, Alexander Blümel and Gerhard Fiegl reached the summit of Nilgiri South, the difficult 6839m mountain in the Annapurna massif (Nepal), having climbed the virgin South Face. The day after summiting the Austrian expedition transformed into tragedy as 27-year-old Fiegl fell to his death while descending the SW Ridge.
On Saturday 06/09/2015 Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic and France's Hélène Janicot won the Rock Master 2015, beating in the Duel competition Sean McColl from Canada and Mathilde Becerra from France. Third place went to Supper Gautier from France and Anak Verhoeven from Belgium, who beat the Slovenians Domen Skofic and Mina Markovic.
On Friday 04/09/2015 during the 10th Arco Rock Legends celebration in Arco, Italy, Alexander Megos received the Salewa Rock Award while Adam Ondra won the La Sportiva Competition Award. The prestigious Dryarn Climbing Ambassador by Aquafil prize was handed to John Ellison, founder of CAC - Climbers Against Cancer.
On Tuesday 18 August at the Jardin de l’Ange in Courmayeur, the alpinist Tamara Lunger will be the guest of the fourth meeting of Passione Verticale. The evening will be transmitted in live streaming.
It's currently winter in Patagonia. Exactly 30 years ago, in July 1985, the Italians Paolo Caruso, Maurizio Giarolli, Andrea Sarchi and Ermanno Salvaterra carried out the historic first winter ascent of Cerro Torre via the 'Compressor route' established by Cesare Maestri up the East Ridge. Here is a short film about those days on the mountain that added, like so many others, an important chapter to Patagonia's mountaineering history.
On Saturday at Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche the festival dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the historic first two ascents of the Matterhorn ended with a sold-out event. Here are the videos of Reinhold Messner, Hervé Barmasse, Catherine Destivelle and Simon Anthamatten, star guests of the great evening on Friday 17 July 2015.
In April 2015 Simone Pedeferri made the first ascent of "Io non ho paura" (225m, max 8b+, 7b obligatory) a new rock climb established together with Alberto Marazzi on Scoglio della Metamorfosi in Val di Mello. The route is dedicated to Luciano Barbieri.
From 10 to 19 July 2015, the Matterhorn, Valtournenche and Valle d'Aosta invite everyone to take part in the ten-day celebration of the 150th anniversary of the legendary first two ascents of the mountain. Mountaineering events and outdoor activities, mountain walks, theater, music, dance, cinema, theater and literature events have been organised to celebrate the great mountain , the epic achievements of its cavaliers Jean-Antoine Carrel and Edward Whymper, and all those who followed in their footsteps to make the Matterhorn and alpinism legendary.
The 12th edition of Melloblocco drew to a close today in Val Masino and Val di Mello, Italy. This is the biggest climbing and bouldering meeting in the world and confirmation came from the 2,500 registered participants representing 25 nations, the 5,000+ climbers and also the unique nature of the event that unites their irrepressible love for climbing with the beauty of these valleys.
The news was made official a few hours ago: the well-known Italian mountain guide and member of the mountain rescue service Oskar Piazza and Dr. Gigliola Mancinelli perished beneath an avalanche triggered by the earthquake that destroyed the village of Langtang in northern Nepal. The other two expedition members Giovanni Pizzorini and Pino Antonini have survived. Four Italians died as a result of Saturday’s earthquake; the well-known mountaineer Renzo Benedetti and Marco Pojer were buried by an avalanche in the Rolwaling Valley. In the meantime Nepal is enduring days of extreme difficulty.
On Friday 29/08/2014 during the 9th edition of Arco Rock Legends the Salewa Rock Award was won by Muriel Sarkany while Urko Carmona Barandiaran won the La Sportiva Competition Award. The Climbing Ambassador by Aquafil award was assigned to the Italian writer, sculptor, alpinist and rock climber Mauro Corona.
The summit of Kangchenjunga reached by Denis Urubko via the NW Face reveals a great chapter in alpinism and a great team effort which included the great mountaineers Alex Txikon, Dmitri Sinev, Artem Braun and Adam Bielecki.
On Saturday 17 May 2014 Italian alpinists Nives Meroi and Romano Benet summited Kangchenjunga (8.586m), the third highest mountain in the world. Their ascent marks a great return to the Himalaya and is also an important and unique journey.
The 11th Melloblocco came to an end today; once again the international bouldering meeting proved to be the biggest event of its kind worldwide, with 2600 registered climbers and more than 4000 people in Val Masino and Val di Mello
On Thursday 13 March Hervé Barmasse made the first winter solo enchainment of the four Matterhorn ridges in winter, as well as the first winter solo ascent of the Furggen Ridge via the overhangs. The interview.
From 30 April to 4 May 2014 Melloblocco, the world's biggest bouldering and climbing meeting, returns to Val di Mello - Val Masino, Italy. Almost 1200 climbers have already pre-registered for this event. Simone Pedeferri and the team of route setters are hard at work preparing the boulder problems and new areas of this 11th edition.
Marco Anghileri 'Butch', 41 years old, great alpinist from Lecco and member of the Gamma climbing club, extremely well known, loved and held in high regard by the entire mountaineering world, has died on the Central Pillar of Mont Blanc. The body was recovered this morning by the Valle d'Aosta Mountain Rescue service.
A brief and by no means complete journey through the stories and the climbs of 2013, while waiting for new year.
Rossana Podestà died in Rome today aged 79. The famous Italian actress was also life partner of Walter Bonatti.