On 08/03/2022 Laura Tiefenthaler from Austria and Jana Möhrer from Germany repeated the classic Heckmair route on the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland. Tiefenthaler reports.
Juho Knuuttila reports about the first ascent of Entropi on the NW Face of Mt. Blokktind, carried out with Eivind Jacobsen on 04/03/2022. The stunning 1000m mixed climb has been described by the Finnish alpinist as 'one of the most beautiful winter lines I have seen in northern Norway.'
British mountaineers Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker have climbed Mad Vlad (350m M7 R, IX/8). This is likely to be a new route on the ENE Face of Aiguille Noire de Peuterey in the Mont Blanc massif.
On 6 March 2022 Greg Boswell, Hamish Frost and Guy Robertson made the first ascent of The Fear Factory (350m, WI6R), described as 'the last great unclimbed icefall on Ben Nevis.'
Simon Gietl from the South Tyrol, Italy, has made the first traverse of all the main summits of the famous Rosengarten / Catinaccio skyline in the Dolomites. The 38-year-old mountain guide carried out the crossing alone and in winter.
Last summer American climber Alex Honnold made a free solo ascent of Gelbe Mauer / Muro Giallo on Cima Piccola at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites, and most of the American Direct on Petit Dru in the Mont Blanc massif. His climbs without a rope were filmed as part of the virtual reality project 'Alex Honnold: The Soloist VR', produced by British mountaineer and director Jon Griffith
On 27/02/2022 Italian alpinist Davide Sassudelli flew off the summit of Campanile Basso (2877m) in the Brenta Dolomites after having climbed via Preuss with Matteo Pavana and Stefano Piatti. This is the first paraglider flight from the most famous tower in the Dolomites.
Matterhorn first winter ascent of Padre Pio, Une Echelle Vers le Ciel by François Cazzanelli, Emrik Favre, Francesco Ratti
From 27 February to 1 March 2022 the Italian alpinists François Cazzanelli, Emrik Favre and Francesco Ratti completed the first winter ascent and second integral ascent of the combo 'Padre Pio Prega Per Noi + Echelle Ver le Ciel' (1,870m, 7b) on the South Face of the Matterhorn.
The report by Johannes Egger who with Simon Furggler, Alex Unterkalmsteiner and Manuel Luterotti established Der Name der Rose, a new mixed climb in Val Lasties, Dolomites, close to his famous Solo per un altro Hashtag.
The Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme has announced it has cancelled the last two stages of the Ice Climbing World Cup in Russia. Published below is the official UIAA press release.
New routes on Becca Salé (Valtournenche) and Pointe Adolphe Rey (Mont Blanc) by Cazzanelli, Perruquet, Ratti
On 09/02/2022 François Cazzanelli, Jerome Perruquet and Francesco Ratti made the first ascent of Su Per Cignana on Becca Salé in Valtournenche, Italy, while on 10/02/2022 Cazzanelli and Perruquet made the first ascent of Impulso Geniale on Pointe Adolphe Rey in the Mont Blanc massif.
Interview with French mountaineer Charles Dubouloz who from 13 to 18 January 2022 made the first winter solo of Rolling Stones on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc massif.
Swiss alpinists Stephan Siegrist and Thomas Senf have made the first ascent of the mixed climb Silverbacks on Ice (M8 WI5 160m)at Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland.
Daniel Ladurner reports about the first ascent of Cold Heart in Val Lasties, Sella Group, Dolomites, first ascended on 13 February 2022 with mountain guide Thomas Mair.
Through global warming, our rampant consumption, unsustainable tourism and our own expectations, the Alps are threatened. Check out the documentary ALPS - TO GO?!, written by Tom Dauer.
Ondrej Húserka reports about Pain and Gain, a new climb on the East Face of Aguja Desmochada in Patagonia established on 27 and 28 January 2022 with Jozef Kristoffy.
Leo Billon, Sébastien Ratel, Benjamin Védrines climb Matterhorn to complete Winter Direttissima Alpine Trilogy
With their repeat of the Gogna-Cerruti climb on the Matterhorn the French mountaineers Leo Billon, Sébastien Ratel and Benjamin Védrines have completed their project of climbing the three great north faces of the Alps in winter via three Direttissima.
On the 26th of January 2022 Line van den Berg from the Netherlands and Fay Manners from Great Britain have made the first female ascent of 'Phantom Direct', also referred to as 'Via in memoria di Gianni Comino', established in 1985 on the south face of the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc massif by Giancarlo Grassi, Renzo Luzi and Mauro Rossi.
The winter expedition to Manaslu led by Simone Moro and Alex Txikon has been called off due to constant snowfall and the elevated risk of avalanches.
On 20/02/2020 the mountain guides Simon Kehrer and Lukas Troi from the South Tyrol, Italy, established Corona Clean (Wi6 / M9) in Val Travenanzes, Dolomites.