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Rock Master 2020: world's most classic climbing competition cancelled

Published below is the press release of the Arco Climbing Club announcing that, due to the Covid-19 crisis, Rock Master 2020 has been cancelled. After having laid the foundation with SportRoccia in 1985 and 1986, this annual climbing competition in Arco, Italy has transformed into the oldest and most famous climbing competition in the world.

06.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Big Balls & Ground Falls: difficult and dangerous Peak District gritstone climbs

The video Big Balls & Ground Falls featuring a selection of some of most famous trad climbs on the gritstone crags in England’s Peak District.

06.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Rockfall on Dolomites Torre Venezia damages Via Tissi and other classic Civetta climbs

Serious rockfall took place on the south face of Torre Venezia (Civetta, Dolomites) recently, affecting the historic rock climbs Via Tissi, Gran diedro and Gran Diedro – Diretta.

06.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Environment

The North Face Covid-19 Explore Fund pledges €1 million to support outdoor communities

We have received and publish the press release of The North Face that through its COVID-19 Explore Fund is committing € 1 million to support the outdoor communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Applications are welcome from companies and charities in the UK, Germany, France and Italy and are open until May 22nd 2020.

05.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Sea stacks in Donegal, Ireland, climbed by Will Gadd and Iain Miller

Last summer Canada’s Will Gadd teamed up with Iain Miller to make a series of first ascents of some trad climbs on sea stacks in Ireland. These include Chaos Stack, reputed to be the last big unclimbed sea stack just off the coast of Donegal.

04.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Alessandro Zeni deciphers Cryptography, 9b slab at Saint Loup in Switzerland

On 11 January 2020 Italian climber Alessandro Zeni made the first ascent of Cryptography, a combination of Bain de Sang and Bimbaluna at the crag Saint Loup in Switzerland. The 28-year-old has put forward the grade 9b, indicating it is it one of the most difficult slabs in the world.

02.05.2020 by Angela Eiter in Climbing

Angela Eiter discovers her Schatzinsel above Imst

Austrian climber Angela Eiter reports about Schatzinsel, treasure island, a route she cleaned, bolted and freed last autumn above Imst in Austria.

01.05.2020 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

Chris Bonington - Life and Climbs, the film about legendary British mountaineer now online

The docu-film Chris Bonington - Life and Climbs (2015, 22 minutes) is now online. Directed by Vinicio Stefanello for the Municipality of Courmayeur, in this film great British mountaineer tells his life story.

30.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Jakob Schubert repeats Weiße Rose, Alexander Huber Schleierwasserfall masterpiece

29-year-old Austrian climber Jakob Schubert has repeated Weiße Rose, the historic 9a established by Alexander Huber at the Schleierwasserfall in 1994 and otherwise repeated only by Adam Ondra.

30.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Anouck Jaubert and Michael Piccolruaz qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

France’s Anouck Jaubert and Italy’s Michael Piccolruaz have earned tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

29.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Jacopo Larcher, Barbara Zangerl climbing the Zodiac on El Capitan

The video of Jacopo Larcher and Barbara Zangerl making a free ascent in 2016 of Zodiac, the historic big wall on the southeast face of El Capitan, Yosemite.

29.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Baffin Island expedition 2012, Auer, Pou & Co climbing in Perfection Valley


The video of the 2012 climbing expedition to Baffin island carried out by Hansjörg Auer, Riky Felderer, Ben Lepesant, Matteo Mocellin, William Peterson, Eneko Pou and Iker Pou.

28.04.2020 by Raphaela Haug in Alpinism

A perfect Patagonia premiere. By Raphaela Haug

German alpinist Raphaela Haug talks about her first trip to Patagonia with climbing partner Laura Tiefenthaler, during which they climbed Cerro Torre and, with Babsi Vigl, ascended Fitz Roy.

28.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Viacruxis, Marcel and Andrezj complete legendary animated climb

The award-winning short Viacruxis directed by Ignasi López, featuring the mountaineers Marcel and Andrezj battling to summit one of the highest unclimbed mountains in the world.

27.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Carie, at 9pm this evening the premiere of the film by Marzio Nardi, Federico Ravassard, Achille Mauri

From 21:00 to 24:00 this evening the premiere of Carie, the film by Marzio Nardi, Federico Ravassard and Achille Mauri exploring and climbing in the marble quarries at Carrara in Italy.

27.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Matilda Söderlund sends her first 8B boulder, Armstrong assis at Nockeby in Sweden

Swedish climber Matilda Söderlund has climbed her first 8B boulder problem, Armstrong assis at Nockeby. She is one of the few female climbers to climb 8B boulder and a 9a sports climb.



26.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Niccolò Ceria bouldering in Northwest Italy

The video Passaggi a Nord Ovest by Niccolò Ceria featuring some of the most beautiful boulders he climbed last season in NW Italy.

25.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Climbing

Anthony Gullsten sends his Silver Lining, 8C highball in Finland


Finnish rock climber Anthony Gullsten has made the first ascent of Silver Lining, a long-standing project at Piilolampi in Finland. The highball boulder problem has been graded 8C

24.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Competitions

Moscow European Climbing Championships 2020 rescheduled to October

The International Federation of Sport Climbing has announced that the European Climbing Championships will take place in October, while the first three stages of the Lead World Cup 2020 scheduled for July have been postponed.

24.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Tom Ballard, the film about the great British climber

Tom, the film by Angel Esteban and Elena Goatelli, is now online. This documents the attempt of British mountaineer Tom Ballard to become the first to solo in the same winter season the six great North Faces of the Alps: Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Pizzo Badile, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, Petit Dru and the Eiger. This is a touching portrait about Ballard who lost his life on Nanga Parbat with Daniele Nardi in 2019.

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