On 15 May Russian alpinist Alexey Bolotov died above the Khumbu Icefall on the South Face of Everest.
The fifth stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2013 takes place in Austria's Innsbruck today and will be transmitted live via internet.
On 18/04/2013 Rolando Larcher made the first free ascent of Luce di Primo Mattino (435m, max 8a obl. A0), the route established by A. Andreotti, B. Menestrina e M. Furlani in 1991 on Piccolo Dain (Sarca Valley, Italy).
On 4 May Pete Whittaker made the first ascent of Baron Greenback ta the gritstone outcrop Wimberry in England, while Tom Randall made the first repeat of Appointment with Death and Nathan Lee repeated Order of the Phoenix.
On 8 May 2013 Davide Capozzi, Julien Herry and Luca Rolli made a ski and snowboard descent of the NE Couloir on Col Armand Charlet, Mont Blanc massif.
Using the recent first repeat of the NNE Face of Monte Forato, here is the first descent story by Slovenia's Marko Kern, followed by a report by Marco Milanese, his descent carried out on 7 April together with Enrico Mosetti and Andrea Fusari. Until 2011, this face was regarded as "the last great problem in the Julian Alps."
The video documenting Andrey Nefedov on Morcheka in Crimea: a free solo which concluded with a Base jump off the summit.
On 12 May the fourth stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2013 was won in Log - Dragomer (Slovenia) by Canada's Sean McColl and the incredible Austrian Anna Stöhr: this is her fourth consecutive victory.
The second selection of video clips of the 10th Melloblocco 2013 which took place in Val Masino – Val di Mello from 26 Aprilto 5 May.
On 03/05/2013 English climber Jordan Buys repeated Rainshadow 9a at Malham Cove, England.
In April 2013 Ines Papert, Lisi Steurer and Patrik Aufdenblatten made the first ascent of Azazar (400m, 8a) up the Tadrarate rock face in the Taghia Gorge, Morocco.
Last week the famous "lightening bolt" on Midnight Lightning in Yosemite Valley disappeared before reappearing the next day.
A first selection of video clips of the 10th Melloblocco 2013 which took place in Val Masino – Val di Mello from 26 Aprilto 5 May.
30 years after the first ascent, Maurizio Oviglia returns to "Anche gli eroi hanno paura - Even heroes feel fear" the route first ascended by Alessandro Cattaneo, Beppe Domenichelli, Mondo Liggi, Cecilia Marchi and Bruno Poddesuin in Sardinia's Sette Fratelli massif in 1983 and freed by Oviglia and Roberto Monchino in 1985. This is a pleasant way to remember (in perspective) how we were in the past and also look forward into the future.
On Saturday 4 May the XIX Mezzalama Trophy was won by the Italians Manfred Reichegger, Damiano Lenzi and Matteo Eydallin. The women's competition was won by the Italians Laura Besseghini, Raffaella Rossi and Elena Nicolini. Lorenzo Scandroglio provides the report, Marco Spataro the splendid photos.
5/05/2013. The last day of the 10th Melloblocco. 10 days of climbing and bouldering to reaffirm the indissoluble bond between Val Masino - Val di Mello and the Melloblockers. All 2,000 climbers have promised to return next year.
04/05/2013. 2000 climbers had registered on the penultimate day of Melloblocco and the number is expected to grow even further. Today everyone got some great climbing done beneath a gorgeous blue sky. Many problems were sent. Expectations are high now for tonight's big party which paves the way for tomorrow's grand finale.
Video documentary of Dave Graham and the boulder problem Bridge of Ashes V15 at Elkland, Colorado, USA.
While over 1300 Melloblockers have already registered and many more are expected, sunny Val Masino welcomed the initiative Climbing without limits promoted by the region of Lombardy, CIP, FASI, ERSAF which aims at a different form of taking to the mountains, for everyone. Paraclimbing athletes Silvia Parente, Simone Salvagnin and Giulia Poggioli, along with Antonio Rossi, Olympic gold canoeist and Councillor for Sport and Youth Policies for the Lombardy Region, took part in Melloblocco along with 70 other youngsters and not so youngs climbers who are either blind, visually impaired or disabled.
Watch the XIX Trofeo Mezzalama unfold in live streaming.