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    Angelika Rainer powers through French Connection in the Dolomites
    24.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Climbing

    Angelika Rainer powers through French Connection in the Dolomites

    In February 2017 Angelika Rainer from the South Tyrol repeated French Connection at the crag Tomorrow's World in the Italian Dolomites. Graded D15-, it is considered one of the hardest total dry routes in the world.

    Cerro Torre Ragni route: Daniel Joll & Kim Ladiges make first 2017 ascent
    11.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Cerro Torre Ragni route: Daniel Joll & Kim Ladiges make first 2017 ascent

    The video the documents the first ascent in the 2016/2017 season on the Ragni route on Cerro Torre in Patagonia, carried out by New Zealand’s Daniel Joll and Kim Ladiges.

    Alex Txikon ends Everest winter expedition
    08.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Alex Txikon ends Everest winter expedition

    Basque mountaineer Alex Txikon has abandoned his attempt at climbing Everest in winter after retreating from Camp 2 (6400m) due to high winds.

    Alex Txikon sets off on last Everest attempt
    07.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Alex Txikon sets off on last Everest attempt

    The Everest winter expedition led by Alex Txikon is now in its final phase: after having reorganised the expedition and waited for several weeks, the Basque mountaineer along with several Sherpa has now reached Camp 2 and is about to begin his final bid for the summit.

    Grandes Jorasses: No Siesta e Bonatti - Vaucher climbed by Luka Lindič and Ines Papert
    04.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Grandes Jorasses: No Siesta e Bonatti - Vaucher climbed by Luka Lindič and Ines Papert

    Winter mountaineering: Luka Lindič and Ines Papert ascended the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses (4208m) in the Mont Blanc massif, France, combining the routes 'No Siesta' and 'Bonatti - Vaucher' from 20 - 22 February 2017 and with two bivies.

    Jeff Lowe awarded Piolet d'Or Carrière 2017
    03.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Jeff Lowe awarded Piolet d'Or Carrière 2017

    American alpinist Jeff Lowe has been awarded the Piolets d'Or Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize will be assigned during the 25th edition of the mountaineering prize that will be celebrated in Grenoble, France, from 12 - 15 April. In the past the prize has been awarded to Walter Bonatti, Reinhold Messner, Doug Scott, Robert Paragot, Kurt Diemberger, John Roskelley, Chris Bonington and Wojciech Kurtyka. Claude Gardien, the historic Editor-in Chief of Vertical magazine, provides the portrait.

    Climbing in Patagonia: Pou brothers add Aguja Guillaumet ascent
    01.03.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Climbing in Patagonia: Pou brothers add Aguja Guillaumet ascent

    Spanish mountaineers Iker Pou and Eneko Pou have established a new mixed climb up the East Face of Aguja Guillaumet in Patagonia. Called 'Aupa 40', the 525m outing breaches difficulties up to 5+, M7 85˚.

    Old Boy, difficult new mixed climb at Cogne by Mauro Mabboni and Patrick Gasperini
    28.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Old Boy, difficult new mixed climb at Cogne by Mauro Mabboni and Patrick Gasperini

    On 16 and 17 February 2017 Mauro Mabboni and Patrick Gasperini made the first ascent of Old Boy, a difficult new mixed climb above Lillaz close to Cogne in Valle d’Aosta, Italy.

     Monte Miletto, new mixed climb Infinite Dreams in Italy’s Matese mountains
    23.02.2017 by Riccardo Quaranta in Alpinism

    Monte Miletto, new mixed climb Infinite Dreams in Italy’s Matese mountains

    Winter mountaineering in Molise, Italy: Riccardo Quaranta reports about Infinite Dreams (120m, AI4-, TD), the new mixed climb he established Monte Miletto in the Matese massif, established on 15/02/2017 with Agnese Flavi.

    Dolomites Val d’Ansiei: the new icefall Night Love
    22.02.2017 by Francesco Rigon in Alpinism

    Dolomites Val d’Ansiei: the new icefall Night Love

    Francesco Rigon reports about his ascent of 'Night Love' (WI5, 35m), a probable new ice climb in Val d'Ansiei (Cadore, Italy).

    For Adriano Trombetta
    20.02.2017 by Elio Bonfanti in Alpinism

    For Adriano Trombetta

    In memory of Adriano Trombetta, who died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 along with Margherita Beria D’Argentina and Antonio Lovato in an avalanche on Monte Chaberton (Val di Susa, Cottian Alps). By Elio Bonfanti.

    Greg Boswell winter climbing video profile
    19.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Greg Boswell winter climbing video profile

    The video profile of Greg Boswell, one of the UK’s strongest Scottish winter climbers.

    Passion, alpinism and risks
    17.02.2017 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

    Passion, alpinism and risks

    A thought for Mauro Franceschini, Antonella Gallo, Antonella Gerini and Fabrizio Recchia who yesterday, Thursday 16/02/17, lost their lives when the icefall Bonne année collapsed in Valle di Gressoney, Valle d’Aosta, Italy.

    Video: Mountains featured in BBC documentary Planet Earth II
    16.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Video: Mountains featured in BBC documentary Planet Earth II

    The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and the splendour of the Alps celebrated in this video filmed for the 'Mountains' episode of the BBC documentary Planet Earth II.

    Cerro Murallón, Patagonia, alpinism and a story of former times: the East Face first ascent by Bacci, Bernasconi and Della Bordella
    16.02.2017 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

    Cerro Murallón, Patagonia, alpinism and a story of former times: the East Face first ascent by Bacci, Bernasconi and Della Bordella

    The alpinism and adventure up 'El Valor del Miedo’ (1000m, 90°, M6+, A2), the new mixed route established by the Ragni di Lecco climbers David Bacci, Matteo Bernasconi and Matteo Della Bordella who finally resolved the long-standing problem of the East Face of Cerro Murallon in Patagonia. The first ascent was carried out in a day and a half in pure alpine style on a remote Patagonian mountain that was first ascended in1984 by the Ragni Casimiro Ferrari, Carlo Aldè and Paolo Vitali.

    Winter mountaineering in Scotland / Greg Boswell adds difficult new mixed climb to Cairngorms
    14.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Winter mountaineering in Scotland / Greg Boswell adds difficult new mixed climb to Cairngorms

    On 08/02/2017 Greg Boswell and Scott Grosdanof made the first ascent of Intravenous Fly Trap, a difficult new mixed climb at Coire an Lochain in the Cairngorms, Scotland.

    Walter Bonatti archive acquired by Turin Mountain Museum
    14.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Walter Bonatti archive acquired by Turin Mountain Museum

    In October 2016 the Turin-based Mountain Museum acquired the archive of Italian alpinist Walter Bonatti; a immense treasure that still needs to be catalogued, studied and archived for the history of mountaineering and more.

    Merry Christmas, amazing icefall climbed in Linzhou Taihang canyon, China
    13.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Merry Christmas, amazing icefall climbed in Linzhou Taihang canyon, China

    Ice climbing in China: a stunning icefall resembling a Christmas tree was first ascended on 31/01/2017 by He Chuan and Liu Yang in XianXia canyon, a branch of Linzhou Taihang canyon.

    Everest in winter / First attempt failed. Alex Txikon & Co return to Base Camp
    12.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Everest in winter / First attempt failed. Alex Txikon & Co return to Base Camp

    14/02/2017: The mountaineers attempting to climb Everest in winter without supplementary oxygen have returned to Base Camp. Alex Txikon, Nurbu Sherpa and Cheppal Sherpa had reached South Col at 7950m but were forced to descend due to high winds. 12/02/2017: The Everest winter expedition without supplementary oxygen led by Alex Txikon continues to make progress. The Basque mountaineer, Nurbu Sherpa and Cheppal Sherpa and have now reached Camp 3 (7400m).

    Everest in winter / Alex Txikon & Co start summit bid
    10.02.2017 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

    Everest in winter / Alex Txikon & Co start summit bid

    The Spanish expedition led by Basque mountaineer Alex Txikon to climb Everest in winter and without supplementary oxygen has begun in earnest. A weather window is forecast for 14 to 18 February 2017.

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