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02.08.2018 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Piolets d'Or 2018: Gasherbrum I, Shispare, Nilkanth win, Nilkanth and Alex Honnold receive special mention

Three ascents have been selected for the Piolets d'Or 2018: Gasherbrum I climbed by Zdeněk Hák and Marek Holeček, Shispare climbed by Kazuya Hiraide and Kenro Nakajima and Nuptse NW climbed by Frédéric Degoulet, Benjamin Guigonnet and Hélias Millerioux. Special mentions have been awarded for the ascent of Nilkanth by Chantel Astorga, Anne Gilbert Chase and Jason Thompson and also to Alex Honnold for his outstanding contribution to climbing in the year 2017. Andrej Štremfelj to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

K2: Andrzej Bargiel historic first ski descent video

The video of the historic first ski descent of K2, carried out by Poland’s Andrzej Bargiel on 22 July 2018.

Andrzej Bargiel completes historic first ski descent of K2

On 22 July 2018 30-year-old Polish alpinist Andrzej Bargiel made the coveted historic first ski descent of K2, skiing directly off the 8611m high summit of the second highest mountain in the world.

11.07.2018 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

Aiguille du Midi cable car reopens after unexpected maintenance

After unforeseen maintenance works the Aiguille du Midi cable car in the Mont Blanc massif has reopened once again.

30.06.2018 by Denis Trento in Alpinism

Innominata Ridge Speed: Denis Trento and Robert Antonioli race up Mont Blanc

Denis Trento reports about his fast ascent of the Innominata Ridge, carried out with Robert Antonioli in just 6 hours and 10 minutes. Although undoubtedly a fast ascent, the climb is interesting above all because, climbing as a roped team, they ascended with an increased safety margin

Legendary Aiguille Verte Nant Blanc face skied by Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez

On 19 June 2018 Paul Bonhomme and Vivian Bruchez made a rare ski descent of the mythical NW Face of Aiguille Verte, also referred to as Nant Blanc, in the Mont Blanc massif.

19.06.2018 by Planetmountain in Interviews

Slovak Direct, Denali: Chantel Astorga and Anne Gilbert Chase seal first female ascent

Interview with Anne Gilbert Chase after the ninth ascent and first female ascent of the Slovak Direct on Denali, climbed from 2 - 5 June 2018 with Chantel Astorga.

02.06.2018 by Planetmountain in Alpinism

La Sportiva 90th anniversary, failure leads to success

The story of La Sportiva, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, via one of its iconic products, the Trango boot. Featuring With Reinhold Messner, Simone Moro, Lorenzo Delladio, Giulia Delladio, Giuliano Jellici, Matteo Jellici, Enzo Jellici

Paul Bonhomme completes Aiguille Verte 4 Faces in a day

French mountain guide Paul Bonhomme has completed his project of climbing and skiing 4 different faces on the Aiguille Verte (4122 m) in the Mont Blanc massif on the same day.

16.05.2018 by Ortovox in Gear

Precautionary recall of 3+ avalanche transceivers

Ortovox has launched a precautionary recall of 3+ avalanche transceivers running software 2.1. Published below is the press release provided by Ortovox.

Sébastien de Sainte Marie skis steep Swiss trilogy

36-year-old Swiss steep skier Sébastien de Sainte Marie reports about an interesting trilogy of steep ski descents between Davos and Arosa: West Face of Schiesshorn (2605m) and Tiejer Flue (2781m) on his own, and the North Face of Chüpfenflue (2658m) with Michal Dzian. These descents came about thanks to the 'exceptional winter' and while it is unclear whether they are first descents, they are certainly very rare indeed.

Altai Mountains / Steep skiing in Siberia by Daniel Ladurner & Co

In April 2018 Daniel Ladurner, Klaus Gruber, Michael Sinn, Wolfgang Hell and Lukas Schäfer scored a series of interesting ski descents in the Altai massif of Siberia.

Triolet North Face daring descent by Jonathan Charlet and Christophe Henry

France's Jonathan Charlet and Christophe Henry have made a ski and snowboard descent down the North Face of Triolet, Mont Blanc massif.

La Promenade, the Valle d'Aosta ski mountaineering traverse by Shanty Cipolli and Simon Croix

The film La Promenade which documents the ski tour traverse across the Valle d'Aosta by Italian freeriders Shanty Cipolli and Simon Croux.

Aiguille du Dru, La ceinture des Drus descent clip

The short clip of Vivian Bruchez who on 13 April 2018 teamed up with Jean Baptiste Charlet and Jonathan Charlet to make the first ski and snowboard descent of a new line across the NW Face of Aiguille du Dru in the Mont Blanc massif.

Red Bull Der Lange Weg, the Alps ski mountaineering traverse ends in Nice

Yesterday the Red Bull Der Lange Weg came to an end in Nice, France. The long ski mountaineering traverse across the Alps from Vienna to Nice was completed by Bernhard Hug, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter and Janelle Smiley and Mark Smiley after 1,721 kilometers and gained almost 90,000 meters height difference.

18.04.2018 by Vinicio Stefanello in Alpinism

Sonia Livanos, goodbye to a great alpinist and woman

French alpinist Sonia Livanos passed away on 15 April 2018 in Marseilles hospital at the age of 95. In the '50s and' 60s together with her husband Georges Livanos she formed one of the strongest climbing partnerships in the Dolomites and beyond.

La ceinture des Drus descent on Aiguille du Dru

On Saturday 13 April 2018 Vivian Bruchez, Jean Baptiste Charlet and Jonathan Charlet made the first ski and snowboard descent of a new line on the West Face of Aiguille du Dru in the Mont Blanc massif.

Red Bull der Lange Weg reaches the foot of Mont Blanc

Red Bull der Lange Weg, the ski mountaineering traverse across the Alps: Bernhard Hug, David Wallmann, Philipp Reiter and Janelle and Mark Smiley have reached Courmayeur, Italy. If conditions are favourable, the alpinists will attempt to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc tomorrow.

Tamara Lunger withdraws from Der Lange Weg ski mountaineering traverse of the Alps

After tackling over 900 km, the South Tyrolean alpinist and ski mountaineer Tamara Lunger has withdrawn from the Red Bull Der Lange Weg, the great ski mountaineering trips across the Alps from Vienna to Nice.

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