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26.10.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Tribe at Cadarese: the James Pearson second ascent interview

Interview with British rock climber James Pearson after the second ascent of Tribe, the extremely difficult trad climb at Cadarese in Italy first ascended by Jacopo Larcher in 2019

02.10.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Mathew Wright repeats Hubble, the Ben Moon masterpiece at Raven Tor

22-year old British rock climber Mathew Wright has made a rare ascent of Hubble, the Ben Moon masterpiece at Raven Tor. First ascended in 1990 and hailed as the world’s first 8c+, this is increasingly considered the world’s first 9a.

31.07.2020 by Nicholas Hobley in Interviews

Ben Moon / The British rock climbing legend interview

Interview with British rock climber Ben Moon, one of the world’s greatest rock climbers throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s with landmark first ascents such one of Britain’s first 8a, Statement of Youth at Lower Pen Trwyn in Wales and Hubble at Raven Tor, hailed as the world’s first 8c+ and increasingly considered the world’s first 9a.

28.07.2020 by Nicholas Hobley in Interviews

Laura Rogora: the second woman to climb 9b interview

Interview with 19-year old Italian climber Laura Rogora after her repeat at Rodellar in Spain of Ali hulk sit extension total, thanks to which she became the second woman in the world to climb 9b.

24.07.2020 by Nicholas Hobley in Interviews

Adam Ondra onsights Il Maratoneta, Manolo’s historic 8b+ at Paklenica in Croatia

Interview with Czech rock climber Adam Ondra who has made the first onsight of Il Maratoneta, the first 8b+ in Croatia freed by Maurizio 'Manolo' Zanolla in 1987 and at the time one of the hardest climbs in the world. Furthermore, he has made the first ascent of Genius Loci 9a which adds a variation start to Il Maratoneta.

15.07.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Massimo Bal: Barliard in the Ollomont Valley and the first ascent climbing contest

Interview with mountain guide Massimo Bal, prolific setter of new routes throughout the Aosta Valley and the driving force behind the Barliard crag in Valle di Ollomont where € 1,000 worth of climbing gear can be won at the innovative first ascent climbing contest.

08.06.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Laura Rogora, the Pure Dreaming Plus 9a+ interview

Interview with Laura Rogora who redpointed Pure Dreaming Plus at Massone close to Arco, Italy and became the first Italian woman to climb 9a+.

20.05.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Paul Robinson climbs 1000 boulders 8A or harder

Interview with American rock climber Paul Robinson who recently managed to climb his 1000th boulder problem graded 8A or harder.

08.05.2020 by Nicholas Hobley in Interviews

Alessandro Zeni, the 9b Saint Loup Cryptography interview

Interview with Alessandro Zeni who on 11/01/2020 at Saint Loup in Switzerland made the first ascent of Cryptography, a combination of the routes Bain de Sang and Bimbaluna. With its suggested grade of 9b it checks in as one of the most difficult slabs in the world.

04.04.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Of Rocks and Needles: Isabelle and Volker Schöffl, medical volunteers and climbers in Laos

The award-winning film Of Rocks and Needles directed by Kilian Reil documenting the voluntary medical work in Laos of German climber and doctor Volker Schöffl and his wife Isabelle.

31.03.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Eline & Marc Le Menestrel: Chouca and Buoux, yesterday, today and tomorrow

Chouca at Buoux is one of those routes that has marked the history of sport climbing. First ascended in 1985 by Marc Le Menestrel, it was recently repeated by his daughter Eline Le Menestrel. This was an excellent pretext to find out more about this legendary climb and why the crag Buoux continues to be in step with the times.

17.03.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Julia Chanourdie interview after Super Crackinette at St. Léger du Ventoux

Interview with French climber Julia Chanourdie who redpointed her first 9a+ last week, Super Crackinette at Saint Léger du Ventoux in France.

05.03.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Simon Gietl Tre Cime di Lavaredo solo winter enchainment interview

Interview with South Tyrolean mountaineer Simon Gietl after his solitary winter traverse of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites. From 24 to 25 February the 35-year-old climbed Cima Ovest, Cima Grande, Cima Piccola, Punta di Frida and Cima Piccolissima.

18.02.2020 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Cerro Torre Climb & Fly Fabian Buhl interview

Interview with 29-year-old German mountaineer Fabian Buhl who on 7 February flew off Cerro Torre in Patagonia with his paraglider.

04.12.2019 by Planetmountain in Interviews

The Nose on El Capitan according to Barbara Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher

Interview with Barbara Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher after their free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite.

04.10.2019 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Dani Arnold, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Comici - Dimai free solo speed interview

Interview with Swiss mountaineer Dani Arnold after the ropeless ascent of via Comici - Dimai up Cima Grande di Lavaredo (Dolomites) in 46 minutes and 30 seconds.

12.07.2019 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Robert Leistner climbs cutting edge traditional Elbsandstein masterpiece

German rock climber Robert Leistner has made the first free ascent of Vertreibung der letzten Idealisten up the Nonnengärtner tower in the Elbsandstein massif in Germany. Graded 12a, or French 8c, this is now the most difficult climb in the German part of the Elbsandsteingebirge. What makes this climb remarkable is that is was first ascended and freed, as per tradition, ground-up, past long runouts between the ring bolts and without chalk.

26.06.2019 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Alex Puccio: pure bouldering power and passion

Interview with American climber Alex Puccio, one of the most accomplished female boulderers in the world.

20.06.2019 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Tomas Franchini and his solo ascent of Lamo She in China

Interview with the Italian mountaineer Tomas Franchini after his solo ascent of the virgin East Face of Lamo She (6070m) in China. The 1500m new climb is called Wild Blood and was graded WI5, M5, V°, 90°

19.06.2019 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Gran Paradiso new summit ascent and descent route. Interview with Alex Chabod

Interview with Alex Chabod, vice president of the Gran Paradiso Mountain Guides, after the decision to recommend an ascent route and a different descent route on Gran Paradiso in order to avoid queues forming on the final meters to the summit.

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