The Los Picos 6500 expedition comprised of Italian alpinists Franco Nicolini, Tomas Franchini and Silvestro Franchini continues at a rapid pace and the trio has now climbed 7 of the 16 highest peaks above 6500 meters in the South American Andes.
Spanish rock climber Edu Marin is currently establishing a huge new multi-pitch climb up the Grand Arch at Getu in China.
The video of James Pearson, Cedar Wright and Yuji Hirayama climbing Cape Enniberg on the Faroe Islands.
In Iceland the Austrian alpinists Albert Leichtfried and Benedikt Purner have made the first ascent of the new mixed climb Shelter of the gods M10.
At Pietra del Toro in Basilicata Niccolò Ceria has made the first ascent of Goemon, describing the line as one of the most beautiful boulder problems in Italy.
On January 15th 2018 Tom Ehrig, Felix Getzlaff and Lutz Zybell climbed the new route La Torcida (450m, 12 pitches, 7a M) up Aguja Val Biois in Patagonia. Tom Ehrig reports.
The report by Matteo Giglio who teamed up with François Cazzanelli to make the first ascent of a mixed climb called Burian (150 m, WI5 R M8) up the Paretone di Chevril face in Valle di Cogne, Valle d’Aosta, Italy.
Matteo Della Bordella talks King Kong up Cerro Riso Patrón Sur in Patagonia, climbed with Silvan Schüpbach
Italy’s Matteo Della Bordella reports about the first ascent of King Kong, the new mixed climb up Cerro Riso Patrón Sur established last February during a 22-day 'by fair means' climbing expedition with Switzerland’s Silvan Schüpbach. The two mountaineers travelled to one of the most isolated areas of Patagonia by kayak.
The video of Swiss climber Martin Keller on the 8B+ boulder problem Big Kat at Chironico in Switzerland.
The Red Bull Der Lange Weg got underway today at 10:00am. The ski mountaineering traverse across the Alps from Vienna to Nice will be attempted by Tamara Lunger, Núria Picas, Janelle Smiley, Mark Smiley, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter and Bernhard Hug. Following in the footsteps of the historic 1971 Austrians Robert Kittl, Klaus Hoi, Hansjörg Farbmacher and Hans Mariacher, the 2018 team aims to complete the traverse in less than 41 days.
Los Picos 6500, first summits climbed in the Andes by Franco Nicolini, Tomas Franchini, Silvestro Franchini
In the Andes the Italian alpinists Franco Nicolini, Tomas Franchini and Silvestro Franchini have successfully climbed the first three mountains of the Los Picos 6500 project. The aim is to climb the 16 highest peaks above 6500 meters in the South American Andes in circa 60 days and shortly after their arrival they ascended Aconcagua, Tupungato and Mercedario. They will be accompanied by their friend and fellow mountaineer Michele Leonardi.
The video of Nina Caprez and Barbara Zangerl and their 2015 repeat of the famous multi-pitch alpine sports climb Die Unendliche Geschichte in Rätikon, Switzerland. First ascended by Beat Kammerlander, the route had only been repeated once previously, by Pietro dal Prà in 2005.
The two highly talented alpinists Marc-André Leclerc and Ryan Johnson are officially missing and presumed deceased in Alaska. They have not been heard from since their 5 March ascent of the Mendenhall Towers.
In Val Lietres (Puez - Geisler group, Dolomites) Daniel Ladurner and Hannes Lemayr have added a direct start, up rock, to the famous icefall Jumbo Jet. With this new variant the route tackles overall difficulties up to M7 WI5+.
In early 2018 a French Groupe Militaire de haute montagne expedition comprised of Arnaud Bayol, Antoine Bletton, Jean-Yves Igonenc, Didier Jourdain, Sébastien Moatti, Dimitry Munoz established a series of new rock climbs in the Pirrit Hills range of Antarctica. Highlights include Coming in from the cold up Mount Tidd (2244 m) and Corrasion up the virgin Mount Turcotte (1950 m).
The video of Robert Jasper making a rope solo, free ascent the famous mixed climb Flying Circus at Breitwangfluh in Switzerland.
17 March 2018 is the starting date of the Red Bull Der Lange Weg, the immense ski mountaineering traverse across the Alps from Viena to Nice following in the footsteps of the historic 1971 Austrian team comprised of Robert Kittl, Klaus Hoi, Hansjörg Farbmacher and Hans Mariacher. An international team of 7 alpinists composed of Tamara Lunger, Núria Picas, Janelle Smiley, Mark Smiley, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter and Bernhard Hug will attempt to complete the ski tour traverse in less than 41 days.
From 20 - 22 April 2018 Arco, Italy will host the Adventure Awards Days, the International Festival of adventure and exploration. Star guests include Simone Moro, Jeremy Collins, Jane Goodall, Nicolas Favresse, Emilio Previtali, Dino Lanzaretti, Jakub Rybicki, Valeria Mosca, Igor D’India. The festival will also host the thrid edition of Arco Rock Star, the international climbing photography contest in the heart of Garda Trentino region.
The tongue-in-cheek video of British climber James Pearson and the transformation he underwent to make the first ascent of Power Ranger (5.14R / 8c) at Sunset Rocks, Chattanooga, USA.
Interview with 34-year-old Hansjörg Auer after his extremely risky abseil off the South Face of Achplatte in Austria. The video of this abseil has monopolised the climbing community’s social media.